Procedure: Correct drooping upper eyelids and puffy bags below the eyes by removing excess fat, skin, and muscle. (Upper-eyelid surgery may be covered by insurance if used to correct visual field defects)
Length: 1 to 3 hours.
Anesthesia: Usually locally with sedation or general.
In/Outpatient: Usually outpatient.
Side Effects: Temporary discomfort, tightness of lids, swelling, bruising. Temporary dryness, burning, itching of eyes. Excessive tearing, sensitivity to light for first few weeks.
Risks: Temporary blurred or double vision. Infection, bleeding. Swelling at the corners of the eyelids. Dry eyes. Formation of whiteheads. Slight asymmetry in healing or scarring. Difficulty in closing eyes completely (rarely permanent). Pulling down of the lower lids (may require further surgery). Blindness (extremely rare).
Recovery: Reading: 2 or 3 days. Back to work: 7 to 10 days. Contact lenses: two weeks or more. Strenuous activities, alcohol: about 3 weeks. Bruising and swelling gone: several weeks.
Duration of Results: Several years. Sometimes permanent.
Leave steri-strips in place (if present).
Any incisions not covered by tape should be cleaned with saline and covered with ophthalmic antibiotic ointment two (2) or three (3) times a day.
Use a lacrilube at night, especially if eyes are not closing.
May shower the day after surgery.
Controlling swelling and bleeding
Elevate area as much as possible for one (1) to two (2) days. Consider sleeping in a recliner.
Place frozen peas, rice, or ice into a Ziploc bag and apply pack to the area twenty (20) minutes every hour until bedtime.
Avoid straining or lifting heavy objects.
No strenuous activity for two (2) weeks.
Avoid tasks that cause your head to be lower than your heart.
Avoid aspirin or pro0ducts that contain aspirin for at least one (1) week.
Avoid Motrin, ibuprofen and all anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs) for at least one week.
Avoid using contacts for four (4) weeks.
Take over-the-counter Benadryl for itching.
Call the office at (269) 372-3000 if sudden or severe swelling, pain or visual changes occur.