Eyelid Malpositions Houston

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Eyelid malpositions can be severely detrimental to our vision and the health of our eyes. Our eyelids do more than frame our eyes to give us expressions. They are the gatekeepers of one of our most important senses… the sense of sight. To restore your vision, get treatment for eyelid malpositions in Houston.

What Are Eyelid Malpositions?

Eyelids help lubricate our eyes, sweep away foreign matter and debris, shield our eyes from excessive light and other material and provide essential nutrients to the outer coats of our eyes. Simply put, properly functioning eyelids are essential to the well-being of our eyes and vision.

Eyelid malpositions like entropion and ectropion are among the top eyelid problems associated with age. They often require surgery. If not attended to, they can be painful and may develop into worse problems, such as permanent scarring of the cornea, dry eyes, eye infections, and loss of vision.

Symptoms of Eyelid Malpositions

There are different types of eyelid malpositions, but their common denominator is the affected eyelid’s improper positioning. However, you must take note of the specific signs of each type to find the most suitable treatment.

  • If it impacts the axis vision, the malposition is called ptosis, which reduces one’s visual field.
  • People with entropion may experience eye watering, a sensation of rubbing against the surface of the eyes, and irritation.
  • Those with ectropion may suffer from a reddish eye surface, irritation, watery eyes, a foreign sensation, and eye infections.

Causes of Eyelid Malpositions

There are several common conditions that can result in a mal-position or malfunction of our eyes. Some are due to age-related changes, while in other cases the mal-position can be secondary to trauma, muscular or even neurologic conditions. Dr. Sami and all of us at Houston Oculofacial Plastic Surgery work collaboratively with our patients towards creating a personal plan that is tailored to fit each patient’s unique needs.

Other causes of eyelid malpositions include eye infection, eye muscle weakness related to aging, eyelid growths, injury, past eyelid surgeries, and facial nerve paralysis.

Most Common Types of Eyelid Malposition

There are several types of eyelid malposition, and the most common types are:

  • Dermatochalasis – Sagginess around the eye due to excess skin
  • Ectropion – A condition in which the eyelid turns outwards
  • Entropion – An eyelid malposition where the eyelid and eyelashes turn inwards
  • Eyelid retraction – Occurs when the lower eyelid is abnormally low or the upper eyelid is abnormally high
  • Ptosis – Occurs when the upper eyelid droops down

Am I a Good Candidate for Eyelid Malposition Treatment?

Patients with any type of eyelid malposition can get treatment for this condition. Surgical treatment is best for healthy patients with no post-surgery healing problems. Candidates should be willing to follow the recommended treatment and recovery process.

Diagnosing Eyelid Malpositions

During your consultation at Houston Oculofacial Plastic Surgery, you will meet with Dr. Mirwat Sami to discuss your concerns. Eyelid malpositions can be diagnosed with a physical and a routine eye exam. Dr. Sami might gently pull on your eyelids or request you to forcefully close or blink your eyes to assess your eyelids’ position, tightness, and muscle tone.

Depending on her assessment, Dr. Sami will recommend suitable treatment options for your condition. She will create a plan based on the chosen treatment. She will discuss all the details of the plan with you, and questions are encouraged. You will be given instructions to prepare for the eyelid malposition treatment.

Treatment Options

Eyelid malpositions require surgery to change the eyelid’s position and restore its natural function and appearance. The surgical procedure for ptosis targets the upper eyelid’s levator muscle, changing its position and height to help clients see better.

In the case of ectropion and entropion, the eyelids must be assessed to find the best course of treatment. Those whose eyelid malpositions are due to surgery or scarring may need to undergo skin grafting to correct the eyelid’s position.

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How much does Eyelid Malposition Treatment Cost?

The price of eyelid malposition treatment varies depending on the type of eyelid malposition involved. The type of treatment that is performed can also impact the overall cost.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the recovery process like after eyelid malposition surgery?

The recovery time for eyelid malposition surgery varies from person to person, influenced by factors such as the specific procedure performed and the individual’s healing process. Typically, patients undergo a period of rest following postoperative care instructions. Swelling and bruising are common but diminish over time.
Diligent adherence to the surgeon’s recommendations, including taking prescribed medications and using cold compresses, aids in smooth healing after surgery. Patients are advised to attend follow-up appointments and avoid strenuous activities during the initial recovery.

Are there any treatment risks associated with eyelid malposition surgery?

Treatment for eyelid malpositions, like any surgery, poses potential risks such as infection, bleeding, or adverse reactions to anesthesia. Discussing these risks with our surgeon, Dr. Mirwat Sami, during the consultation is crucial for a comprehensive understanding.
Dr. Sami assesses each patient’s medical history and discusses conditions that may heighten surgical complications, prioritizing patient safety. Understanding these risks empowers patients to make informed decisions, ensuring a safer surgical experience.

Can eyelid malpositions recur after treatment?

While treatment aims for lasting results, recurrence is possible due to individual healing variations and surgical factors. Regular follow-ups assess long-term outcomes and treatment efficacy and promptly address any signs of recurrence, ensuring sustained results for patients.

How can eyelid malpositions affect vision and overall eye health?

Eyelid malpositions can have an impact on vision, causing discomfort and potential obstruction. These concerns extend to overall eye health, influencing ocular function. Treatment addresses these issues, aiming to restore clear vision and enhance the eyes’ overall health for optimal visual function.

How do I know if I need surgery for an eyelid malposition?

Deciding on surgical indications involves a comprehensive patient assessment by Dr. Sami during the consultation process. Factors such as the type of malposition, its severity, and its impact on vision are considered. Patients gain the necessary information to make informed decisions about their eyelid malposition through discussions about treatment options, benefits, and risks.

What are the cosmetic considerations in treating eyelid malpositions?

Treating eyelid malpositions not only enhances functionality but also yields positive cosmetic outcomes, fostering aesthetic improvement and contributing to a more balanced facial appearance. Openly discussing cosmetic goals with Dr. Sami ensures alignment with desired outcomes, satisfying functional and aesthetic expectations.

Get in Touch

We encourage you to take a few minutes to learn more about eyelid malpositions in Houston. These conditions are listed in the Eyelid Malposition section. Please do not hesitate to contact us at 713-668-1264 or schedule a consultation if you believe that we can help enhance your life.

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