Eyelid & Tearing Disorders
Droopy Eyelid Correction
Ptosis (droopiness) is a common condition that can affect the upper eyelid of one or both eyes as a result of aging, a congenital defect, muscle deformity or neurological disorder. This condition can occur in patients of all ages, but is most common in older patients and will likely continue to worsen with age.
Severely droopy lids make it hard to keep your eyes open, which makes it hard for patients to see, especially later in the day. Not only your eyes may feel fatigued, but also your forehead muscles may feel fatigued as well.
Patients may seek treatment for droopy eyelids for medical purposes. Severe drooping may obstruct vision as the eyelid gradually droops lower and lower, eventually covering the eye. Treatment for this condition usually involves eyelid surgery, known as blepharoplasty. This procedure involves lifting the eyelid and reattaching it to a higher location on the face. Many patients are under the impression that this is a strictly cosmetic procedure, but many patients have such drooping that it is medically necessary to perform surgery to help them see better.
Dr. David Turok is an expert in this area and will perform detailed examination and testing to see if you will benefit from eyelid surgery to correct you droopy eyelids.
Dry Eye Treatment
Dry eye can damage the eye’s tissues and impair vision. People usually begin experiencing dry eye symptoms as they age, but the condition can also result from certain medications, conditions or injuries. The eyes may become dry and irritated because the tear ducts don’t produce enough tears, or because the tears themselves have a chemical imbalance.
Dry eye can be a chronic condition that causes irritation every day or once in a while. Non-surgical treatments include blinking exercises, increasing humidity at home or work, and use of artificial tears or moisturizing ointment. Sometimes Restasis eye drops help. If these methods fail, small punctal plugs may be inserted in the corners of the eyes to limit tear drainage, or the drainage tubes in the eyes may be surgically closed.
There are many other eye conditions that may exist at the same time as your dry eye, which can also cause eye irritation and tearing. It is important to treat all the abnormalities in your eyes to help alleviate your condition. Only a thorough eye examination can find all the problems which may be leading your eye irritation.