We often think of an eyelift as a treatment that rejuvenates the eyes and erases that tired appearance that greets us in the mirror as we age. But an eyelift (or blepharoplasty for the technical types) does much more than change the appearance of your eyes.
Particularly, treating upper eyelid sagging can improve vision and your quality of life in general, according to a study in the December issue of Ophthalmology that focused on the functional indications for upper blepharoplasty.
“Many of the patients I see truly have visual compromise that affects their daily activities, and they may not even realize how much! Oftentimes patients come in with their foreheads raised high and complain of headaches and heaviness of the lids, or their heads tilted back to see under the eyelids and may complain of neck pain,” says Largo, FL, oculoplastic surgeon Jasmine Mohadjer, MD. “As the lids sag across the eyelid margin, the peripheral vision is certainly affected, and this becomes a functional, or medical, issue-not just cosmetic.”
The issues don’t just stop at heaviness and headaches either. Everyday activities like reading and driving become more difficult. Plus, loss of peripheral vision is directly related to risk of falls in the elderly. “After these types of procedures, my patients almost always remark at how much brighter things are, how much longer they can read, how much more confident they are driving, and certainly their quality of life has increased. And on top of that, they look great,” Dr. Mohadjer says.
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