Eyelid Malpositions

What are eyelid malpositions?

The delicate eyelids have many moving parts, and changes due to age, trauma, infections, or prior surgery of any sort – cosmetic or reconstructive around the eyes and cheek – can affect their function. Common problems include inability to open or close the eyelids, inward or outward rotation of the eyelids, eyelashes rubbing the surface of the eye, or other abnormalities.

What are the common forms of eyelid malposition?

  • Eyelid Retraction: The upper eyelid is unusually high, or the lower eyelid is unusually low.
  • Ptosis: The upper eyelid is droopy or saggy.
  • Entropion: The inward rotation of the eyelid makes the eyelashes brush against the cornea.
  • Ectropion: The outward rotation of the lower eyelid.

How are these treated?

Will insurance cover my surgery?

Health insurance may cover your surgery if the eyelid malposition is affecting your vision in certain ways – corneal dryness, eyelashes rubbing the eye, or in other ways. Please check with us to see if your surgery would be covered.

What can I expect with surgery?

These procedures take from 30 – 60 minutes and are done with local anesthetic or under IV sedation. Patients may have light bruising for 5-7 days, and are generally back to normal within 1 week. With successful treatment, the condition usually does not return. Complications are rare, and patients are typically very satisfied with the procedure.

What is post-surgery recovery like?

You can go home a few hours after the surgery. While you may experience mild bruising and swelling, you don’t need to worry about excessive pain and discomfort. Most patients can resume their daily activities the next day. You’ll have to wear an eye patch for 1 to 2 days, and you should avoid heavy lifting for 1 to 2 weeks.

The swelling and bruising will gradually dissipate and fade away completely within 1 to 2 weeks. However, each individual heals at a different pace. The sutures from the surgery will be removed during your first post-operative appointment, which is usually scheduled 7 to 10 days after the surgery. You can resume wearing makeup and contact lenses after about 2 weeks.

Why choose Dr. Ramesh?

Dr. Deepak Ramesh is a board-certified and nationally-renowned oculoplastic surgeon with a stellar track record. He is board-certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and an active member of the prestigious American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons (ASOPRS). He provides personalized treatments that address your specific goals and concerns to ensure long-lasting and safe results while minimizing the risk of complications. Please schedule an appointment with Dr. Ramesh at Somerset County, NJ, for more information.

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