Droopy Upper Eyelids
Do you have to lift your eyebrows to see?
If you answered “Yes” you may have droopy eyelids disease.
Droopy Upper Eyelids (Ptosis and Blepharochalasis) can block your upper field of vision.
If you have droopy upper eyelids, you will notice that your eyelids block your vision when performing daily activities like watching TV, reading, cooking, and driving. Raising your eyebrows or lifting the upper eyelid skin with your fingers often improves these symptoms.
Make an Appointment
Please make an appointment with one of our specialists who will create a specialized plan to help you see, look, and feel your best!
There are three types of droopy eyelids
A patient may have one or more at the same time
Ptosis of Eyebrows
Ptosis of Eyebrows or droopy eyebrows is commonly part of the ageing process as the forehead skin stretches pushing the brows and upper eyelids downwards. It can also be seen with damage to the forehead muscles or nerves.
Blepharochalasis or excess skin on the eyelids occurs when the skin of the upper eyelid stretches through the aging process weighing down the upper lid or resting on the eyelashes.
Lid Ptosis or droopy eyelid, happens most often when the eyelid muscle weakens or stretches through aging process causing the eyelids to droop. Occasionally it is caused by trauma, a congenital problem, or damage to the nerves which control the position of the eyelids.
There has never been a better time to have comfortable eyes!
Tests for Droopy Eyelids
Tests done to increase your vision
When a patient has droopy eyelids with the above symptoms we perform specialized tests to determine if surgery can improve their vision.
- Medical photographs are needed to confirm the position of the eyelids, excess skin, and brow.
- Visual fields are done to determine how much of the superior vision is blocked by the upper lids. The test is performed with the eyelids in the rest position and repeated with the eyelids elevated with tape to determine how much improvement can be achieved with surgery.
If you have any questions, call us. We are here to help!
Am I a Candidate?
The treatment of droopy 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 drive you to the office and to your home.
If you have any other questions, make sure to address them to your doctor when you see him during your visit.
Droopy eyelid surgery is virtually painless procedure performed using local anesthesia, an intravenous sedative, and very small stitches.
To correct the droopy upper eyelids, we make incisions in the natural eyelid folds and then we tighten the eyelid muscles or remove any excess skin.
To correct the position of the eyebrow, we make incisions following the normal contour of the brow, just above the hair line, or remove any excess skin.
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 the next 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.
Upper eyelid and brow surgical procedures are covered by insurances when performed to correct visual impairment due to redundant skin weighting down on upper lashes, chronic, symptomatic dermatitis caused by redundant upper lid skin which cannot successfully be treated with better hygiene or antibiotics.
The procedure will also be covered by insurance when your lids interfere with your vision and many other cases. Contact your doctor to see if your case is covered.
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.