Droopy Lower Eyelids
Do your eye lids stick together in the mornings or have yellow or white discharge?
If you answered “Yes” you may have droopy eyelids disease.
Droopy Lower Eyelids (Ectropion)can leave your eyes exposed, unprotected, and can interfere with lubrication.
If you have droopy lower eyelids, your eyes will feel dryness , itchiness, burning and you will feel foreign body sensations. Your eyes may feel humid, with tears running down your cheeks, with yellow or white discharge or you may notice that the eye lids are stuck together in the mornings. All of these symptoms cause discomfort when cooking, watching TV, reading, sowing, driving and many other activities you perform daily.
Initially this disease is treated as Dry Eyes. When this treatment is not enough to reduce or eliminate the symptoms it becomes necessary to to remove a small amount of skin from the inferior eyelids so they can return to their normal position.
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Please make an appointment with one of our specialists who will create a specialized plan to help you see, look, and feel your best!
Droopy Lower Eyelids
Leave your eye more exposed
Normal Lower Eyelid
The normal eyelid cannot be separated far from the eye and returns to touch the globe in 1-2 seconds when gently pulled for five (5) seconds.
Lower Eyelid Laxity
Lower Eyelid Laxity with a positive Snap Test exists when tugging the lid results in a lid separation that lasts seven (7) or more seconds.
Increased separation occurs when the lower lid can be separated from the eye seven (7) or more millimeters.
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Tests for Droopy Lower Eyelids
Tests done to increase your vision
When a patient has droopy lower eyelids with the above symptoms we perform specialized tests to determine if surgery can help.
- We recommend artificial tears to determine if your symptoms resolve completely
- If the symptoms persist, we obtain medical grade photographs to confirm the laxity and increased separation of the lower eyelids
If you have any questions, call us. We are here to help!
Am I a Candidate?
The droopy lower eyelids may require surgery. Depending on your symptoms, exam findings, test results, and your individual needs, our surgeons will help you decide which operation is best for you.
A cosmetic eyelid surgery may be a good option for you if your eyelids do not block your vision and you wish to look younger by removing the excess skin.
Call us at: 786-899-2516
2550 South Douglas Road
Coral Gables, FL, 33134
Before the Operation
Our anesthesiologist’s recommendations are tailored to your needs. If you take aspirin or a blood thinner, you may have to stop taking them before the operation. On the day of the operation, do no eat breakfast and make sure to arrive on time. After the surgery, you will be unable to drive so make sure to ask someone ahead of time to bring you to the Institute and take you back home.
If you have any other questions, make sure to ask your doctor during your visit.
Droopy lower eyelid surgery is virtually painless procedure performed using local anesthesia, an intravenous sedative, and very small stitches.
To correct the droopy lower eyelids, we make incisions in the external border of the lower eyelid, then stretch the lid and remove excess skin and fat, aligning the incision with the natural folds of the eyelids.
After Your Operation
You do not have to use patches so you will be able to see the results the same day as your operation.
On the first day apply cool water compresses four times a day for 15 minutes and maintain your head elevated.
The day after the surgery please remain at home so it is easier to contact you. Make sure to attend your post-op appointment and feel free to call us for any reason if you need to see us earlier.
For one week after your surgery, sleep on your back and apply the ophthalmic antibiotic ointment in the suture line twice a day until you finish amount prescribed.
For two weeks after your surgery, do not swim, do any gardening, or heavy exercise. Make sure to perform other activities with caution. After this two week period, you can return to your normal activities.
Lower eyelid surgical procedures are covered by insurances when performed to correct Ectropion with Dry Eye symptoms that does not respond to artificial tears.
Our staff will inform you of your insurance coverage.
Insurances do not cover this surgery when performed for solely cosmetic reasons.
Some insurance carriers require a pre-authorization for this type of procedure. Our staff will assist you completing the necessary forms as required by your insurance carrier