Get opinion first before jumping into eye surgery

01/29/2013 12:00 AM

01/28/2013 8:47 PM

Q. I am 21 and have droopy eyelids — one is lower than the other. My mother had her eyes done a few months ago and she looks great! She is 45; do I have to wait until I am that old to have my eyelids done?

No, but you have many things to think about before you go into surgery. You say your eyelids are droopy. That may be caused by two t problems. If your eyelid is covering the pupil, you may have ptosis, a condition that can be congenital or acquired.

You should have an ophthalmologist check to make sure that it is not because of a more serious condition that’s affecting your eye muscle from pathology in your brain. Usually it is not a serious problem but one of cosmetic interest. If you do have ptosis, it may need to be repaired to correct visual impairment. It is best to see an oculo-plastic surgeon who is experienced in this kind of surgery.

If, on the other hand, your problem is excess eyelid skin, you can have this corrected with a blepharoplasty, the removal of excess skin and fat. This is a common surgery that is performed by a facial plastic, plastic or oculo-plastic surgeon. Make sure to get an experienced one.

Once you have done this surgery it is rare that you will need it again in your lifetime.

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