Blepharoplasty / Eyelid Surgery
Ptosis is the drooping of the upper eyelid, which can affect one or both eyes. Depending on the extent of eyelid sagging, ptosis can cause eye irritation and obstruct vision. In severe cases, the drooping eyelid completely covers the pupil, making the patient unable to see with the affected eye. Ptosis usually affects older people due to age-related weakening of the facial muscles and skin. However, ptosis can also develop in younger people as a result of certain eye diseases, such as diabetic retinopathy and cataracts, and sometimes children are born with ptosis.
Schedule a one-on-one consultation with one of our experienced eye doctors if you suffer from ptosis. Our doctors will perform a thorough evaluation and prescribe the most appropriate treatment to improve both your vision and appearance.
The most common treatment for ptosis is eyelid surgery, also known as blepharoplasty. This procedure is used to remove excess skin, fat and muscle from the upper and lower eyelids. When performed as a ptosis treatment, blepharoplasty also tightens the muscles of the upper eyelid. The removal of the excess tissue and muscle rearrangement can improve the function of the eyelid, which in turn promotes unobstructed vision.
In addition to enhancing vision, blepharoplasty surgery can also make your face appear more youthful and refreshed. Perhaps this is why blepharoplasty has become one of the most commonly performed plastic surgery procedures in the United States. To enhance the results of eyelid surgery, our surgeons often perform it in conjunction with other facial cosmetic treatments, such as facelift and brow lift.
Entropion is an inward turning of the eyelid and lashes and usually affects the lower lid. It is usually caused by relaxation of muscles that is part of aging but can also occur if there is scarring on the back surface of the eyelid. The rubbing of the eyelashes against the eye cause irritation and tearing. If left untreated entropion may lead to infection and scarring or even vision loss.
Ectropion is the outward turning of the lower eyelid. If the lower lid droops away from the eye, tears cannot properly lubricate the eye which leads to dry eyes, redness, and sensitivity to light or wind.
These conditions can be treated by our skilled oculoplastic surgeons in an out-patient surgery facility to give you healthier, younger-looking eyes.
Visit our contact page to schedule a consultation with one of our experienced eye surgeons if you suspect that you might have ptosis and/or would like to undergo blepharoplasty to enhance your facial beauty. Dr. Darrell Wolfley treats patients out of the Birmingham, Huntsville, Gadsden, Montgomery and Oxford-Anniston AL facilities, while Dr. Kristin Madonia also treats patients at our Birmingham location. Dr. Paul Taupeka sees patients at the Mobile and Eastern Shore locations in AL. Dr. Michelle Nguyen treats patients at the Nashville, Columbia and Murfreesboro locations in TN.
In addition to offering a variety of oculoplastics procedures such as eyelid surgery and Botox injectables, the Eye Health Partners team is dedicated to providing an array of vision care, including helping patients seeking LASIK, PRK, cataract surgery and retina disease treatment.