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The eyelids are highly complex and specialized structures that are extremely important to the health and protection of the eyes. Any malfunction or deformity of the eyelids can cause serious even permanent damage to the eyes and vision loss. Eyelid surgery can range from traumatic injuries that require major reconstructive surgery, to eyelid lesions/bumps/cancers that require delicate removal techniques, to complex orbital surgery for diseases that occur behind the eyes. Many eyelid problem develop simply with aging, such as ptosis (droopy upper eyelids), ectropion/entropion (saggy lower eyelids), or tear-duct blockages.
At the Zion Eye Institute, our team of expert doctors and surgeons can diagnose and treat all forms of eyelid conditions, from the most basic cosmetic treatment such as botox injections, to even the most complex cases.
Ptosis (Droopy Eyelids)
Ptosis is a condition in which the eyelid is drooping or closing involuntarily. Ptosis repair can be done for cosmetic purposes, or if the lids droop enough to interfere with vision, the surgery may be covered by medical insurance.
The surgical repair depends on the cause of the ptosis, such as scarring, degeneration, or neural conditions. Our fellowship-trained specialists will determine the cause and discuss your options with you.
Dermatochalasis (Saggy Eyelids)
Dermatochalsis is a condition in which the skin above the upper eyelid is sagging and interfering with function of the upper eyelid. It is very common and usually occurs with aging.
The surgical procedure to repair this condition is called Blepharoplasty, and can be done for cosmetic purposes, or if the skin is sagging enough to interfere with vision, it may be covered by medical insurance. Our fellowship-trained specialists will do a few simple tests to determine if your medical insurance will cover the surgery.
Ectropion refers to the lower eyelid turning outward abnormally, and Entropion refers to the lower eyelid turning inward abnormally. These abnormal eyelid positions can be caused by several different conditions and usually lead to abnormal tearing, redness and discomfort. The surgical repair depends on the cause.
Our fellowship-trained specialists will determine the cause and discuss your options with you.
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Conjunctival Chalasis is a condition in which the conjunctiva loses its normal elasticity and no longer adheres well to the underlying sclera. This leads to redundancy of the conjunctiva which bunches up along the lower lid margin. Common symptoms include chronic redness, irritation, and tearing that does not respond to medical therapy, such as eye drops. The abnormal areas of conjunctiva can be surgically removed and replaced with graft tissue to relieve symptoms.
Dacryo-Cysto-Rhinostomy, or DCR, is a surgical procedure that creates an artificial passage from the nasolacrimal sac into the nasopharynx. The normal passage of tears goes from the ocular surface through the canaliculi into the nasolacrimal sac, then down the nasolacrimal duct, and out into the nasopharynx. If any part of this pathway is blocked, it causes chronic, excessive watering of the eye. The most common blockage occurs in the nasolacrimal duct and DCR surgery is done to relieve this.
The eye and its surrounding structures are very delicate and can sustain significant damage from trauma, especially blunt trauma and lacerations. Our highly experienced, fellowship-trained specialists have the knowledge and skill to properly repair the damage and preserve as much vision as possible. If the eyeball cannot be saved, they can replace it with a cosmetically suitable prosthesis.