The Connection Between Eyelids and Vision: When to Consider Functional Eyelid Surgery
Our eyelids protect the delicate structures within our eyes, but as we age or develop certain medical conditions, the functionality of our eyelids can be compromised. Functional eyelid surgery aims to restore proper eyelid function while enhancing the appearance of the eyes. The procedure may involve lifting drooping eyelids, removing excess skin or tissue, or repairing structural abnormalities with the lids themselves or the muscles that control them.
Functional eyelid surgery can be transformative for both vision and comfort, so when should you consider the procedure?
Eyelids protect our eyes from debris and dust. They distribute tears across the surface of the eyes, ensuring proper lubrication. Eyelids even control the amount of light that enters the eyes, allowing us to adjust our vision under different lighting conditions. However, aging causes the skin and muscles around the eyes to lose elasticity and firmness, leading to drooping eyelids that can interfere with all these functions. Excess skin, tissue and sagging may obstruct the visual field or impact our desired appearance around the eyes. Some medical conditions, such as thyroid eye disease or eyelid tumors, can also impact the functionality of the eyelids or compromise vision. The good news? Functional eyelid surgery can treat most eyelid problems, be it due to aging or an underlying medical condition.
Signs that you may need functional eyelid surgery include:
- Impaired peripheral vision due to a physical blockage caused by drooping or sagging eyelids
- An inability to open or close your eyes comfortably due to your eyelids
- Chronic eye irritation or dryness because of poor eyelid function
- Double vision or blurry vision due to eyelid positioning
- Cosmetic concerns over the appearance of your eyelids
The connection between the eyelids and your vision is clear, but if your field of vision isn’t, functional eyelid surgery may help. Proper eyelid function is vital for both vision and comfort, so if you’re experiencing problems with your eyelids, it’s time to reach out to an oculoplastic surgeon for a consultation. They can evaluate your eyelid function, discuss your specific goals and concerns, and create a treatment plan to address your needs and desires. Don’t let eyelid issues hinder your vision and comfort; improve your eye health with functional eyelid surgery.
Call Dr. Kevin I. Perman at (301) 571-0000 to learn more.