at Berwick Eye Centre are experienced in most from of
eyelid surgery including Blepheroplasty, Ectropion and
Complete eye health includes
having healthy eyes and healthy eyelids. Common eyelid
problems include excess eyelid skin, droopy eyelids or
eyelids that turn inward or outward. These problems can
cause eye discomfort, limit vision and affect appearance.
Fortunately, they can be corrected with surgery.
Ptosis: upper eyelid drooping
Ptosis (pronounced toe-sis) can either be apparent at birth
(congenital) or develop with age (involutional). A child
with congenital ptosis may tilt his or her head backward in
order to see, so the condition does not always lead to poor
vision. However, children with ptosis should be examined by
an ophthalmologist because they may have other associated
Surgery to correct ptosis is
commonly recommended in the preschool years to improve
appearance and make it easier for the child to see. The type
of surgery varies, depending upon how much the eyelids
droop. Involutional ptosis develops with aging. It may
worsen after other types of eye surgery or eyelid swelling.
Ptosis may limit your side or even your central vision. If
ptosis occurs in one eye, it may create an uneven
Surgical shortening of the muscle
that opens the eyelid will often lead to better vision and
improved appearance. Ptosis is a condition in which the
upper eyelid droops. Surgery restores the upper eyelid to
its normal position. Excess eyelid skin Over time, many
people develop excess eyelid skin. Eyelid skin is the
thinnest skin of the body, so it tends to stretch. In the
upper eyelid, this stretched skin may limit your side
vision. The same problem causes “bags” to form in the lower
In these drawings,
the eyelid is cut away to show the appearance of the normal
eyelid (left) and the eyelid turning outward (center) and
The excess skin in the upper
eyelids can be removed surgically by a procedure called
blepharoplasty. It improves side vision and other symptoms.
Removal of the excess skin in either the upper or lower
eyelids may also improve appearance. If excess fatty tissue
is present, it may be removed at the same time.