When Is Eyelid Surgery Medically Necessary?

When Is Eyelid Surgery Medically Necessary?

Eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) is one of the most popular cosmetic surgery procedures performed today. However, the procedure, which can help patients restore a youthful and energetic appearance, can also be performed for medical reasons. In this blog post, trusted ophthalmologist Dr. Linda Vu of Linda Vision explains when eyelid surgery becomes a medical necessity.

Impaired Vision

Loose, heavy skin on the upper eyelids can droop so low that it hangs over the edge of the eyes and interferes with the line of sight. This can make simple activities like reading difficult and everyday tasks like driving, dangerous. Eyelid surgery removes excess tissue and fat on the upper eyelids, restoring unobstructed vision. Not only are reading and other tasks easier after eyelid surgery, they are also more comfortable and enjoyable.

Skin Irritation and Rashes

Excess skin on the upper or lower eyelids can rub up against other skin, causing painful chafing or irritation. It is easier for sweat to accumulate in skin folds, which can lead to rashes or even infections. Not only does eyelid surgery restore a smooth and pleasant appearance to the eye area, it can also relieve physical discomfort caused by irritation. If you frequently experience rashes or infections in the eye area due to loose eyelid skin, eyelid surgery may be necessary.

Headaches and Eyestrain

Drooping skin on the eyelids makes it harder to open the eyes properly. As a result, patients with heavy, excess eyelid skin may experience headaches and strain in the eye and forehead areas as they struggle to open the eyes properly. Eyelid surgery removes excess tissue and fat on the upper eyelids, allowing patients to open the eyes with more ease. Although headaches and eyestrain are typically not considered to be medical emergencies, eyelid surgery can definitely be useful in relieving these physical pains and improving one’s quality of life.

Learn More about Eyelid Surgery

No matter what your reasons are for considering eyelid surgery, Dr. Vu is more than happy to meet with you and discuss your treatment options. The board certified ophthalmologist has over 17 years of experience performing eyelid surgery and is the trusted choice for patients in the Pasadena, San Gabriel Valley and Los Angeles areas. To discuss your treatment options with Dr. Vu, schedule a one-on-one consultation. Please contact Linda Vision by calling (626) 382-2020.