As we age, the eyelids stretch and the supporting tissues begins to weaken. This allows fat to protrude above and below the eye creating fullness in the upper and lower lids. The excess skin of the eyelid interferes with the eyelid function, preventing it from fully opening. The result is a decrease in the visual field where the top portion of the vision is cut off by the drooping eyelids. If a patient were to lift their eyelids with their hands, they would see the visual field as it would be if the excess skin and fat were removed.
Blepharoplasty is a surgical procedure that corrects the functional issues of the eyelids, and improves the appearance by tightening the eyelid and removing excess skin. The procedure is painless and is performed in the office at the Heart of Texas Eye Institute. Patients are able to recuperate in the comfort of their own home. The majority of patients notice an improvement in their visual field as well as a more youthful and alert appearance.