CAN MY DROOPY EYELIDS BE CORRECTED?
Drooping of the lid can be caused by excess skin or fat along the upper eyelid, stretching of the muscles or tendons in the eyelid (eyelid ptosis), and drooping of the brow (brow ptosis). Blepharoplasty can be done to address the excess skin and fat along the upper eyelid. Tucking or shortening of the muscle or tendon in the eyelid can help to repair eyelid ptosis. Because the degree and extent of brow ptosis is unique in each patient, the brow lift techniques should be customized. Many patients have more than just one of these types of drooping, so it is important that your surgeon is able to identify and treat any these to achieve the best results.
HOW COMMON IS SKIN CANCER AROUND THE EYES?
More than one million skin cancers are reported in the United States each year. Approximately 5-10% of these involve the skin around the eyes. Basal cell carcinomas are the most common skin cancer, occurring in approximately 30% of individuals during their lifetime. There are several other types of skin cancer that occur, including Squamous cell carcinoma and Melanomas. Each of these cancers should be treated as early as possible to ensure the best outcomes. If you have any growths around the eyes that are new, increasing in size, changing in color, or have other concerning changes, you should have these evaluated by an eyelid specialist.
HOW DO I KNOW IF I HAVE GLAUCOMA?
Glaucoma is a disease characterized by damage to the nerve that carries your vision from the eye to the brain. It is associated with high pressure within the eye or intraocular pressure. The vast majority of patients with glaucoma have no symptoms, so it’s important to be screened by your eye doctor.
AM I A GOOD CANDIDATE FOR LASIK?
Most adults over the age of 21 who have had no change in their glasses or contact prescription in the past year are good candidates to consider laser vision correction. A free LASIK screening exam includes advanced diagnostics and eye analytics to determine the right surgical option to help you achieve your vision goals.
IS LASIK SAFE?
Like any surgery Laser vision correction does have associated risks. The rate of infection after LASIK is estimated to be around 0.09 percent. By comparison, the rate of eye infections for contact lens wearers could be as high as 1 in 100. Other side effects of LASIK include dry eye and night time glare, but these diminish over time as the eyes heal. A recent study by the FDA showed greater than 95 percent of patients were satisfied with their vision after LASIK.
WILL LASIK WEAR OFF?
The effect of LASIK is permanent; however, there are age related changes inside the eye which happen in your 40s and 50s. These affect the eye focus and quality of vision. In your 50s and 60s you may be eligible for cataract surgery which can restore your visual clarity and reduce your need for glasses.
WHAT IS A CATARACT?
A cataract develops when the clear natural lens inside the eye becomes cloudy over time. This causes a degraded quality of vision that cannot be corrected by eye drops or a pair of glasses. A short and painless surgery can remove the cloudy lens and replace it with a new artificial lens giving you full visual function again and possibly reduce your dependence on glasses.
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