FAQs Drooping eyelid

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[divider] [space height=”20″] [toggle_box] [toggle_item style=”font-size: 13px;” title=”I have had a drooping eyelid since birth (congenital ptosis) and have never had surgery on it. Now I am thinking about having a blepharoplasty done and am wondering if my drooping eyelid can be corrected in the same surgery.”]Yes. Whether you are having an upper, lower, or upper and lower blepharoplasty, the drooping eyelid correction can be performed at the same time.
[/toggle_item] [toggle_item title=”I have eyelid ptosis and my surgeon has recommended that I have an upper blepharoplasty to correct it. Will the eyelid open more as a result of the blepharoplasty?”]No. An upper blepharoplasty corrects the excess skin and fat in the upper eyelid, but how much the eyelid opens depends on the levator muscle of the eyelid. The only way to correct a drooping eyelid is to act on that muscle, and only an oculoplastic surgeon has the training to perform that type of procedure.
[/toggle_item] [toggle_item title=”Can a drooping eyelid surgery be performed with only local anesthesia?”]Yes, but it depends on the type of patient and drooping eyelid. In cases done only under local anesthesia, the patient must tolerate the mild burning sensation of the local anesthetic infiltration. After that, the patient will not feel any pain, since the area will be numb. Since these are short procedures, they are well tolerated by patients.
[/toggle_item] [toggle_item title=”I have eye problems that are currently being treated and I’m afraid to have surgery for my ptosis.”]Only in exceptional cases do we contraindicate this type of surgery in a patient with an eye condition. Those cases are normally severe cases of dry eye. In these patients, any procedure on the eyes or eyelids can worsen the problem. Most cases of patients with dry eye are of low to moderate severity and are not a reason to contraindicate ptosis surgery, but they may require a more conservative surgery.
Retina or glaucoma problems are not a reason for contraindication and are not worsened during by havinf this procedure done. Having had cataract surgery or LASIK surgery to correct myopia or hyperopia are not reasons for contraindication, either.

[/toggle_item] [toggle_item title=”I have health insurance and would like to know if drooping eyelid correction is covered in my policy.”]Drooping eyelid (ptosis) surgery will be covered by your policy in those cases in which the ptosis is significant enough to cause loss of the visual field. Most drooping eyelids should be covered by health insurance.
Dr. Nieto accepts practically all health insurance providers in the country.

[/toggle_item] [toggle_item title=”My doctor prescribed children’s aspirin once daily for a vascular condition. He says it is to improve blood flow. Is there any problem with having the surgery?”]Many patients who take blood thinners (Aspirin, ASAs, Plavix, Tromalyt, Warfarin and others) must stop taking them prior to having a ptosis surgery done, since they interfere with blood clotting and can cause post-operative bleeding. We will discuss the possibility of stopping this medication with your doctor.
In some patients who have suffered a heart attack or stroke, stopping this medication is not advisable. In these cases, we will assess the possibility of performing the procedure depending on the medication and the particular case.

[/toggle_item] [toggle_item title=”Will I be able to read after drooping eyelid surgery?”]Most patients have no problem reading beginning the day after the procedure. Your eyes may feel dry during the first days, which can be treated using artificial tears.
[/toggle_item] [toggle_item title=”When can I return to work after the surgery?”]It mainly depends on your profession. If your job requires significant physical effort, you must rest for one week, whereas if you work from home with a computer, you will probably be able to resume two days after the procedure. The time off from work also depends on whether you interact with the public; if this is not the case, you may return to work during the first week whenever you feel recovered enough. We will always try to make your time of inactivity as short as possible.
[/toggle_item] [toggle_item title=”When can I use makeup on again following drooping eyelid surgery?”]It depends. In cases of transconjunctival surgery, after the first week, since there is no incision in the skin. In cases where the surgery is performed externally, it is best to wait two weeks before applying makeup near the incision.
[/toggle_item] [toggle_item title=”When can I sunbathe again following drooping eyelid surgery?”]You must not sunbathe while there is bruising. Afterward, in cases of transconjunctival surgery, you can be exposed to the sun. For surgeries done externally where there is an incision in the skin, you can sunbathe using sunscreen one month after the procedure.
[/toggle_item] [toggle_item title=”Can I shower normally after drooping eyelid surgery?”]You can shower normally the day after the procedure unless the doctor has instructed otherwise.
[/toggle_item] [toggle_item title=”When will I be able to wear contact lenses again following the surgery?”]You will probably be able to wear them normally two weeks after the procedure.
[/toggle_item] [toggle_item title=”Will I be able to read after the surgery?”]Most patients have no problem reading beginning the day after the procedure. Your eyes may feel dry during the first days, which can be treated using artificial tears.
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