Eyelid Surgery, known as Blepharoplasty, is becoming a more popular surgery for several reasons. It is not always considered a cosmetic surgery, as some eyelid surgery is performed to fix an impairment of vision. Filmore Eye Clinic covers all of Southern New Mexico and specializes in eye surgery. Our ophthalmologists, Dr. Parley Fillmore, Dr. John Roger Hall, and Dr. Michael Margolis are board-certified and experienced in all phases of eye health. If you are looking for an ophthalmologist to perform your eyelid surgery, Filmore Eye Clinic is the place to go.
Why Would You Need Eyelid Surgery?
Eyelid surgery has many benefits. Most people believe this eye surgery is elective, but that’s because they do not know all of the negative conditions that can develop with eyelids. While blepharoplasty can be a great way to help you look younger, that is sometimes just a pleasant side effect of a necessary medical procedure. Reasons you may need eyelid surgery include:
- Skin that has become saggy can affect a person’s ability to see. It creates folds that block the vision.
- Eyes that are puffy due to fatty deposits under the skin can also impair vision and need to be removed.
- Excessive bags under the eye area can be a problem as well.
- Eyelids that droop over the iris can block vision. This could be contributed to a different disorder called ptosis and would require a different surgery for correction. Your eye surgeon will determine the best course of action.
- If there is too much skin around the bottom of the eye, it can cause issues with seeing.
Risks Associated with Eyelid Surgery
As with any surgery, there are risks with eye surgery. Your eye surgeon will go over these risks in greater detail, but some things to consider are:
- Eyes may be irritated, require artificial tears to compensate for dryness, or water excessively.
- Infection and bleeding can be a concern. You will need to discontinue any blood thinners 3-4 days prior to surgery.
- Eyes may be temporarily sensitive to the light.
- Skin bruising and eyesight blurriness may occur, but should be temporary. You may have some scars, but these are rare and minimal.
- A follow up surgery may be required.
An eye surgeon will take an entire medical history including prescription medications you are taking, past surgeries, treatments, medical conditions, and more. This big picture will tell the surgeon if it is safe for you to have blepharoplasty surgery.