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Eyelid Surgery

The Balin Eye & Laser Center is a full service eye treatment facility, specializing in conditions of the eye as well as the eyelid. Dr. Balin performs cosmetic eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) to treat eyelid abnormalities caused by disease, injury or natural aging. These eyelid conditions often cause pain as well as limit the field of vision. Surgery can reduce painful symptoms and improve the eye's appearance. Prior to the surgery, the eye and the eyelid are thoroughly examined. The surgery is performed by eye surgeon Dr. Balin at our surgical suite in Western Massachusetts at the Balin Eye & Laser Center on an outpatient basis using local anesthesia.

Ptosis - Upper eyelid drooping

Ptosis is a condition in which the upper eyelid droops substantially over the eye, thus limiting the field of vision. This condition may be apparent at birth (congenital), or may develop with aging (involutional).

All children with Congenital Ptosis should be examined by an ophthalmologist or eye surgeon to ensure that no other eye disease is present. It is recommended that surgery be performed in the preschool years to make it easier for the child to see and to improve the child's appearance. The actual surgery performed is dependent upon the severity of the condition.

Involutional Ptosis develops with aging and may worsen with eye surgery or eyelid swelling. The drooping in the eyelid can limit the field of vision and give the eyes an uneven look. An eye surgeon can shorten the muscle that opens the eyelid in order to treat this condition.

Excess eyelid skin

As we naturally age our skin loses its elasticity. Because the eyelid skin is the thinnest skin of the body it is very susceptible to stretching creating drooping in the upper eyelid and bags in the lower eyelid. This excess skin affects our overall appearance as well as limits our field of vision. Dr. Balin can perform eye surgery in our Northampton office. Excess skin is removed, as well as any fatty tissue that may be present to restore the eyelids to their normal position.

Ectropion - Outward turning of the lower eyelid

Excessive stretching of the lower eyelid skin can cause the eyelid to droop down and turn outward. This may also occur from eyelid burns or some skin diseases. This condition can cause dryness of the eyes, excessive tearing, redness and sensitivity to light and wind. These symptoms can be reduced by surgically restoring the lower eyelid to its original position.

Entropion - Inward turning of the lower eyelid

Excessive stretching of the lower eyelid can cause the eyelid to droop down and turn inward. This condition can also be caused by infection and scarring inside the eyelid. When the eyelid turns inward the eyelashes and skin irritate the eye by constantly rubbing against it. This results in making the eye red and sensitive to light and wind. If left untreated Entropion may result in the formation of an eye ulcer. Surgery is necessary to return the eyelid to its normal position.

To learn more about our laser vision correction procedures, please contact our office 413-584-6666 or 800-436-EYES (3937) to schedule a free LASIK consultation in Northampton, Springfield or Ware. LASIK eye surgery financing is here and available with approved credit at Balin Eye & Laser Center located in Northampton, MA. Our LASIK vision counselors are happy to discuss payment options that allow you to correct your vision now, while paying over time.

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