A Better View

When my sister was in elementary school, she started always sitting in the front row of desks at school. One of her teachers noticed this habit and arranged a meeting with my parents. This caring teacher told my parents that she thought my sister needed glasses. When my sister visited an optometrist, this professional diagnosed her with a severe case of astigmatism. He also informed my parents that she was nearsighted as well. Due to her eye issues, my sister had to start wearing glasses all of the time. Her new glasses helped her tremendously in school. She no longer had to sit in the front of the classroom in order to view the notes placed on the board. On this blog, you will discover the importance of getting your kids’ eyes checked by an optometrist before enrolling them in school.

3 Kinds of Cosmetic Eye Surgeries


Many people undergo various types of eye surgeries to help correct a problem with their vision or improve eye health. Some people undergo eye surgeries to improve their appearance. Most eye surgeries, including cosmetic ones, fall under a branch of medicine called ophthalmology. Because of this, ophthalmologists who have training and experience in plastic surgery, perform cosmetic eye surgeries.

Here are three kinds of cosmetic eye surgeries.

1. Blepharoplasty

As you age, your eyelids may begin to sag. To fix this issue an ophthalmologist performs a type of cosmetic eye surgery called blepharoplasty. During the procedure, which is called an upper blepharoplasty, the ophthalmologist removes excess skin and fat. Besides improving the appearance of the eyes, an upper blepharoplasty appointment can improve vision. This is because skin from a saggy eyelid can obstruct peripheral vision.

A lower blepharoplasty is performed to remove excess skin and fat from the lower eyelid, which helps to remove the appearance of bags under the eyes. Whether performed on the upper or lower eyelid, a blepharoplasty improves the appearance of the eyes by making them look younger and more alert.

2. Ptosis Repair

Sometimes the eyelid droops because the levator palpebrae superioris muscle, which is located in the upper eyelid, becomes too relaxed. When this occurs, it causes drooping of the upper eyelid. This condition is called ptosis. Not only does ptosis affect the appearance of the eyes, but it can also interfere with vision.

Ptosis can also make it difficult for some people to keep their eyelids open. Severe cases of ptosis require a person to manually lift their eyelids to see. An ophthalmologist corrects a droopy eyelid by performing a ptosis repair. During this procedure, the ophthalmologist makes an incision in the upper eyelid and tightens the levator muscle.

3. Eyelid Growth Removal

No part of the skin is exempt from obtaining growths of some kind. This is true of the eyelid, which is protected by skin.

Most eyelid growths are benign, and include:

  • Seborrheic keratosis. A pigmented lesion that gets stuck to the eyelid.
  • Nevi. A little brown spot that's commonly referred to as a mole or birthmark.
  • Hidrocystoma. A transparent cyst that is caused by blocked sweat glands in the eyelid.
  • Xanthelasma. A yellowish patch under the fold of the eyelid.

For those who are self-conscious about these kinds of eyelid growths, an ophthalmologist can surgically remove them. In some instances, removing these growths can also decrease irritation and the risk of becoming infected. Learn more by contacting an ophthalmology eye care clinic. 


11 May 2021