Eyelid Surgery

At Pacific Clearvision Institute, Dr. Omer Gal provides effective eyelid surgeries for both medical and cosmetic purposes.

Example of Ptosis Eye Condition As skin ages it begins to gradually lose some of its elasticity. This natural process, coupled with the continual pull from gravity, can occasionally cause excessive skin to collect on the lower and upper eyelids. Often this causes little more than an undesirable appearance, hence the reason many opt to have eyelid surgery for cosmetic reasons. However, occasionally eyelids can begin drooping (a condition medically termed "Ptosis") in such a way that they can hinder good vision. Therefore, eyelid surgery in some cases can become medically necessary.

Eyelid surgery, also referred to as an "eye lift" or blepharoplasty, successfully reduces bagginess from lower eyelids and removes excess skin from the upper eyelids.

Who Is a Good Candidate For Eyelid Surgery?

One Month After Ptosis Eyelid Surgery If you are uncertain that you are a candidate for eyelid surgery, contact Clearvision today and schedule an appointment with Dr. Gal. She can evaluate any medical problems related to your eyelids. If you are interested in pursuing an eyelid procedure for cosmetic reasons, Dr. Gal can discuss with you any concerns you might have and point out any potential health risks that could disquality you from being a candidate.

While eyelid surgery is not a permanent solution, since skin keeps on aging, Dr. Gal has helped countless individuals in the community improve their appearance and achieve better vision. Why not contact Clearvision today and see how Dr. Gal's gentle and professional treatment will improve your vision?

Types of Eyelid Surgeries with Before and After Photos

Blepharoplasty

An eyelid lift, or blepharoplasty, can dramatically improve an aged appearance, or tired, sad or angry-appearing face, or correct a disorder of the eyelid. For patients with excess skin, drooping eyelids, or bags under the eyes, tissue from around the eyes is removed to reveal a natural and more youthful appearance. It is one of the most popular aesthetic procedures performed in the United States.

Drooping eyelids can affect vision and cause fatigue and headache. If there is a significant degree of visual obstruction, a blepharoplasty may be considered medically necessary and covered by insurance.

Blepharoplasty Surgery Photos: Before and After (Click to Enlarge)

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Eyelid Ptosis

The eyelid lift procedure also helps patients suffering with Ptosis, a condition affecting the muscle that lifts the eyelid, resulting in eyelid drooping and vision problems.

There are many causes of eyelid ptosis including age, congenital issues, muscle or nerve disorders, and injury. Ptosis can be caused by age related stretch of the muscle, trauma, neurologic problems, or at birth.

Eyelid Ptosis Surgery Photos: Before and After (Click to Enlarge)

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Eyebrow Ptosis

Patients occasionally seek surgery for baggy or drooping eyelids only to discover that a brow lift is more appropriate. It can be easy to overlook this underlying condition, as problems with the eyebrow may be most noticeable in their effect on the eyelid. With age, ligaments suspending our brow can relax and stretch, causing it to sag.

Dr. Gal at PCVI is specially trained and experienced in identifying the correct cause and treatment in these cases. Dr. Gal performs direct browplasty surgery to surgically lift the brows. This surgery involves cutting across the skin directly above the brow.

Eyebrow Ptosis Surgery Photos: Before and After (Click to Enlarge)

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Lower Eyelid Disorder (Ectropion)

Ectropion is a condition in which the lower eyelid sags or turns outward. Often this causes significant discomfort because the affected eye is exposed and dry. The eyelids may crust with excess mucus or appear red along the edge. The patient may have eye pain, be sensitive to light, and have blurred vision. The most common cause is normal aging, but it may also result from injury, stroke, Bell's Palsy, or tumor.

Left untreated, severe ectropion can result in permanent eye damage due to chronic dry eyes leading to infection and corneal scarring, and may even lead to loss of the eye. Treatment involves the use of artificial tears and ointments to lubricate the eye, followed by corrective surgery. The results of surgery are usually permanent and recurrence is rare.

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Lower Eyelid Disorder (Entropion)

Entropion is a condition in which the lower eyelid and lashes to turn or roll inward and rub against the eye, causing redness, irritation, and sensitivity to light and wind. Entropion may be caused by age, disease, inflammation, scarring, trauma, tumor, or occur at birth.

Entropion is a serious condition that requires treatment. The most common symptom of entropion is chronic eye irritation which may lead to excessive tearing, infection, corneal damage, impaired vision, or even loss of the eye. The condition can be diagnosed with a routine eye examination, and special tests are not necessary.

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Blepharospasm (BEB)

Benign essential blepharospasm (BEB) is a rare condition that causes the eyelids to spasm or uncontrollably close or blink from muscle contraction. BEB is, as its name suggests, a benign condition, because it does not damage the eyes, but patients may be blinded because of the inability to keep the eyelids open. The exact cause of BEB remains unknown. It usually occurs in both eyes and often worsens over time. Blepharospasm can be difficult to distinguish from other conditions and an accurate diagnosis often requires imaging of the brain.

There is no cure for blepharospasm, but treatments are available to alleviate the symptoms. Botulinum (Botox) injections are the most effective treatment, though ongoing injections are needed to maintain relief. Other treatment options include oral medication or surgery of the eyelids or brain. Treatment can also be aimed at reducing eyelid irritation, fatigue or other underlying conditions.

Trauma

Dr. Omer Gal at Pacific ClearVision Institute has effectively treated serious eye trauma for a number of patients in the community.

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