Functional Benefits of Eyelid Surgery
- 25 February 2014
- Dr. Nidal (Nick) Masri
With age comes drooping skin. With age also comes diminishing vision. But is it possible that a decrease in vision can be caused by drooping skin in some cases? As you age, your skin begins to droop all over your body and face. One prominent area to encounter drooping skin is around, above, and below the eyes. Not only does this create
a very tired appearance, but it also can create a disruption in your line of vision. Generally, it is when the upper eyelid begins to droop downward, covering a portion of the pupil, which vision begins to be disrupted. There are several eyelid surgical procedures, known as blepharoplasties, which can be done for the drooping, loose skin around the eye.
The most popular age for people to have a blepharoplasty done is between the ages of 51-64. And the trend is on the rise. Sure, many of the procedures are for cosmetic purposes because of drooping, loose skin, but often times, the surgeries are performed in hopes of improving vision. When a surgical procedure is completed for medical benefits, it is known to be a functional procedure. A functional blepharoplasty is typically done by removing a portion of the sagging upper eyelid that seems to be obstructing vision. Often times, this vision impairment is made aware to the client if they begin having trouble seeing while driving. Driving takes a lot of focus and is known to become increasingly difficult with age.
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When one experiences one or two drooping eyelids, this is known as ptosis. Sometimes, ptosis can be present from birth which is known as congenital ptosis. However, with age, the tendons in the eyelids begin to stretch and become too weak to hold the eyelid. This is when the drooping and sagging eyelid appears. Damage to the eyelid tendons or muscles can also cause ptosis. Damage may come from previous surgical procedures such as cataract surgery or any other trauma. Even a stroke victim may encounter ptosis.
Another form of a functional blepharoplasty, where the eyelid tendons are tightened, is done when someone begins to struggle with the insertion and placement of corrective contact lenses. With age, it can become more and more difficult to place contact lenses if you are experiencing loose eyelids. Therefore, a functional blepharoplasty procedure can be done to correct this.
Functional blepharoplasty procedures may also be done if you begin to have a lot of irritation on or around your eyelids. This irritation is often times caused by the extra skin that is lying within your eyelids when the loose skin begins rubbing together. In addition, because of the excess skin, there is an increase of weight in the eyelids. Due to the increase of weight on the eyelids, there is an increase demand for muscular force, and sometimes this can result in a high amount of muscle straining. The muscle straining can, in turn, cause discomfort or pain in the forehead. If this pain and discomfort occurs, a functional blepharoplasty procedure may be performed.
Despite the fact that many blepharoplasty procedures are performed for cosmetic purposes, there are a fair amount of procedures that are done for functional and medical purposes. Not only will a blepharoplasty help with vision or pain, but it also can take years off your appearance and leave you feeling young and rejuvenated.