Ophthalmic Specialists of Michigan – Leaders in Oculoplastics
OSM educates each patient about surgical and non-surgical choices and methods to determine the best option for vision correction and cosmetic improvement.
Dermatochalasis (Excess Eyelid Skin)
Dermatochalasis is excess skin on the upper and lower eyelid that is part of the aging process. Dermatochalasis is most common in patients over the age of 50 and may be expedited for those who smoke or suffer from Thyroid and Congenital illnesses. Dermatochalasis can reduce peripheral vision and some suffer from an aching brow.
Ptosis is a condition that causes drooping upper eyelids and is most common in the senior population. In some instances, Ptosis can hamper and impede normal vision. If severe and left untreated, Ptosis can cause other conditions such as Amblyopia or Astigmatism. Ptosis can be treated and corrected with surgery.
Blepharoplasty is one of the best enhancement procedures available in cosmetic surgery and helps both cosmetic and functional purposes due to Dermatochalasis or Ptosis with beneficial and effective results. During the procedure, the ophthalmologist creates incisions along the natural creases of the eye to remove the excess skin and minimize scarring. The ophthalmologist tightens the levator muscles to lift the eyelids which improves both vision and appearance offering superior results.
Blepharitis is an irritating, uncomfortable common eye condition causing the eyelids to become inflamed producing redness, stinging, burning, excessive tearing, crusty and itchy eyes. It is often associated with skin conditions, infection and dry eyes. If left untreated, Blepharitis can cause blurred vision, inflammation including damaging the cornea, missing eyelashes, or cause the eyelashes to point in incorrect directions.
A Chalazion is produced by oil build up due to a blockage produced by the Meibomian gland that gradually forms a lump in the eyelid. The oil is unable to flow out of the gland creating a lump in the eyelid. The Chalazion sometimes ruptures and releases the oil producing inflammation in and around the eye. A Chalazion is most common in adults between the ages of 30 to 50 and are more widespread for people with certain skin and medical conditions. They usually resolve by themselves within a month but often recur. A Chalazion is often confused as a Stye and may grow to the size of a pea. An examination from an ophthalmologist for proper diagnosis and treatment is required.