Can Eyelid Surgery Fix My Lazy Eye?

Blepharoplasty HoustonAs a trusted Houston plastic surgeon, Dr. Craig will see a variety of patients who have both cosmetic and medical concerns. When it comes to eyelid surgery, medically known as blepharoplasty, some patients who have drooping eyelids and large under eye bags wonder if eyelid surgery will help improve their vision, too. While it’s true that eyelid surgery can improve vision in severe cases in which the upper eyelids are drooping so much they are obstructing vision, it is not an ophthalmological procedure designed to fix central or peripheral vision issues.

Sometimes, Houston patients with amblyopia, commonly known as a lazy eye, visit Dr. Craig to see if eyelid surgery can help with their problem. A lazy eye is a condition often found in children. It occurs when a child’s vision doesn’t develop correctly. While amblyopia typically only affects one eye, if this condition is left untreated it can cause serious vision issues as the brain begins to ignore the visual stimuli captured by the lazy eye.

Can Eyelid Surgery Fix My Child’s Lazy Eye?

Lazy eye is a medical, ophthalmological issue. It’s not a cosmetic issue caused by drooping upper and/or lower eyelids, or deep under eye circles, all of which eyelid surgery address. Therefore, blepharoplasty can’t fix lazy eye. However, working with a skilled ophthalmologist may significantly help.

What Does Eyelid Surgery Fix?

Despite the fact that Houston residents can’t benefit from treatment for lazy eye via eyelid surgery, this plastic surgery procedure can address a number of issues, including:

  • Drooping upper eyelids that make you look older or more tired than you really are;
  • Drooping upper eyelids that droop so much, they obstruct your vision;
  • Drooping lower eyelids that expose the whites of the eyes; and
  • Dark circles under the eyes that don’t go away despite adequate rest, and can’t be covered up with makeup.

How Is Eyelid Surgery Performed?

Every patient seeking blepharoplasty may have a unique set of issues they are looking to resolve, therefore, how your eyelid surgery will be performed all depends on what issues you are trying to address.

If you’re a Houston resident hoping to correct the puffiness in your eyelids and sagging and drooping upper eyelid skin, Dr. Craig will make an incision in the eyelid crease, so that your scarring is virtually hidden post-op. From there, they will remove the hanging skin, providing you with a more natural, alert and youthful look.

Lower eyelid surgery typically addresses lower eyelids that droop so much that they show the white of the eyes, as well as addressing deep under eye circles. To perform these surgical procedures, Dr. Craig makes an incision inside the lower eyelid to remove drooping skin and fatty deposits beneath the eyelid.

Schedule a Consultation with Dr. Craig

If you’re looking to address lazy eye, you need to seek the help of an ophthalmologist. But, if you’re a Houston resident interested in eyelid surgery to make you look more alert, more youthful, and reduce any obstructions to your vision, Dr. Craig can help.

Call our office today to schedule an initial consultation at (713) 346-9909.