Who is a good candidate for eyelid surgery?
Eyelid surgery works best for people whose eyes are healthy in general. To learn who may not be great candidates for eyelid surgery, watch this video featuring cosmetic and reconstructive surgeon Dr. Robert Grant.
A good candidate for eyelid surgery is someone who has good overall eye health, in other words, no problems with glaucoma
or, more importantly, no problems with what's known as "dry eye syndrome." Dry eye syndrome is the feeling of actually
having a chronic irritation of the surface of the eye even though there's no foreign body, dust,
or eyelash in the eye. Interestingly, we're seeing this more and more as a result of patients who've had corneal refractive surgery,
commonly known as Lasix. In this operation, which sculpts the cornea in order
to avoid the need for eyeglasses, the fact that the cornea has been manipulated
changes the body's ability to make tears over the eye. So you should make sure that, when you're having a consultation, you share with your doctor
whether you've had a previous operation on the eye so that you didn't have to wear glasses.
The best patients are those, of course, who don't wait until the problem is at an extreme because extreme makeovers
work great for houses, but they don't really work great for people's appearance. So you want to have enough of a problem
that the minimally invasive techniques with laser or light-based treatments won't work, but that you're not waiting so long that you're carrying
around huge baggages of excess skin and fat under the eyes that will be so dramatically
different in your post-op appearance that you'll be walking around having the stigmata of an operation
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