Man with drooping eyelid or ptosis

Have you taken a moment to look at your eyelids? Over the years, that crucial part of your face can change in both height and shape, sometimes resting lower on the eyeball itself. That change can even make an impact on your vision, but there’s one procedure offered at CEENTA that can roll back time: eyelid muscle surgery.

What causes drooping eyelids?

Droopy eyelid, or ptosis (pronounced “TOE-sis”) can occur naturally. Oculoplastic surgeon Dr. Catherine Cuite explains, “The levator muscle is responsible for raising and lowering the upper eyelid and it is prone to stretching as we get older. This is particularly common in former contact lens wearers and can be noticed after cataract surgery or other eye surgery as well.”

How can drooping eyelids affect your vision?

Aside from making you appear sleepy or inattentive, ptosis can impede your vision. You might notice yourself having to tilt your head higher to read or having to use your eyebrows to pull open the eyelids when you drive. A droopy eyelid can cover part of your pupil and limit your direct line of eyesight or your peripheral vision, limiting your situational awareness and making everyday movements more difficult.

How does eyelid surgery treat ptosis?

If your droopy eyelid is impeding your vision or making you feel self-conscious, one option to consider is eyelid surgery. In the first step of the operation, local anesthesia is injected so that the eyelid is numb. During the procedure, the surgeon makes an incision along the crease of the eyelid and goes down to the fifth layer of the eyelid. This layer is the muscle, which is tightened with suture and adjusted until the height is ideal. Another surgical treatment to make the eyelid muscle stronger is done through the inner surface of the eyelid. This is suitable for patients who do not want skin removed or who prefer no skin scar.

What should I expect after eyelid surgery?

Eyelid surgery is an outpatient procedure, so the patient is released on the same day. Your eyelid may have some swelling or bruising for at least a week after the surgery, and you may experience some blurry vision or sensitivity to light. You may also need a new glasses prescription. Once the swelling has subsided, your new appearance will be more noticeable.

Ptosis can cause vision problems and self-consciousness, but a CEENTA oculoplastic surgeon can lift your spirits back up. We provide both ptosis surgery and blepharoplasty functionally and cosmetically with our board-certified oculoplastic surgeons. If you’re looking to treat your droopy eyelids, schedule an appointment with Dr. Cuite at our SouthPark office today!

This blog is for informational purposes only. For specific medical questions, please consult your doctor. To make an appointment for a facial plastics consultation, call 704-295-3000. You can also schedule an appointment online or through myCEENTAchart.


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