Drooping of the upper eyelids, which can range from mild to severe, is medically referred to as blepharoptosis. This is most commonly caused by a loosening of the tendon-like structure that lifts the eyelids, but can also be due to congenital malformation, trauma, muscular or neurologic disease.
Drooping eyelids can change your appearance, making you look tired or older than you are, as well as to reducing your field of vision. Because of a constant effort to raise the eyelids, it is not uncommon to also experience fatigue and headaches.
Blepharoptosis can be repaired by adjusting the structure that lifts the eyelids to a more appropriate position, leaving you with a natural looking appearance while improving your vision.
The repair is usually done on an outpatient basis and patients are able to go home directly following their procedure. Some patients with blepharoptosis also have excess skin and fat in the upper lid which can be corrected at the time of surgery as well. Following the procedure, minor swelling and bruising is normal, but most of the obvious signs of surgery should fade completely within 1-2 weeks.
Health insurance generally covers medically necessary procedures. Our staff will discuss insurance eligibility during your consultation.
What Happens Next
If you are experiencing these changes in your eyelids or have a decrease in your vision that you believe is being caused by your eyelids, schedule a consultation with Dr. Kropinak using our online form or by calling one of our offices in Hagerstown, Chambersburg, or Waynesboro. During this visit, he will listen to your concerns and create a customized procedure plan tailored to your needs.