Your eyelids play an important role in protecting your eyes from the environment around you. If you have eyelid issues, your eyelids might obstruct your vision or expose your eye to abrasions. For compassionate care and the best eyelid correction, visit Vipin Kuriachan, MD at Kuriachan Eye Institute in Irving, Texas. Find out what the team can do for your eye health by booking a consultation over the phone or online.
Your eyes are protected by the upper and lower eyelids. Eyelids are thin, delicate layers of skin that surround your eye. Eyelids and eyelashes keep foreign objects out of your eyes, but they also spread tears across the surface of your eyes to keep them from drying out.
Eyelids have several different muscles that help them open and close. Muscles keep your eyes fully open and control blinking, both voluntarily and involuntarily. A number of eyelid issues can compromise the way your eyelids work to protect your eyes. Common eyelid issues include:
Eyelid lesions are growths that interfere with the eyelid’s function. Eyelid lesions may be painful or put your eyes at risk for complications. Common eyelid lesions include:
Styes and chalazia are some of the most common types of eyelid lesions. They appear as swollen lumps along the eyelid, often resulting from blocked oil glands or inflammation.
Even though eyelid lesions can go away on their own, they sometimes require expert care. At Kuriachan Eye Institute, Dr. Kuriachan regularly diagnoses and treats eyelid lesions to keep your eyes healthy.
Dr. Kuriachan is familiar with eyelid issues that put your eye health at risk. Through a comprehensive exam, he can diagnose many of the most common eyelid conditions. Kuriachan Eye Institute offers surgical procedures to correct the following eyelid issues:
Dermatochalasis is excessive eyelid skin. It’s most common on the upper eyelid but can develop on the lower eyelid as well. It occurs with age, as the skin stretches and the eyelid muscles weaken. It can interfere with vision because excess skin can fold over eyes and block peripheral vision.
Ptosis occurs when your upper eyelid droops down over your eye. With serious ptosis, the eyelid can cover your pupil and block your vision. Adult ptosis often develops with age, as the muscles in the eyelid relax. Ptosis surgery involves adjusting the muscle to lift the eyelid, so that vision is no longer obstructed.
Ectropion is an eyelid condition that causes your lower eyelid to turn out or sag down. It exposes the surface inside your eyelid and often causes eye dryness and irritation. The most common cause of ectropion is muscle weakening because of age. Without treatment, ectropion puts your cornea at risk for damage and may even cause blindness.
Entropion occurs when the edge of your eyelid turns inward against your eye. It causes your eyelashes and skin to rub against the surface of your eye, causing pain and irritation. Entropion may only happen when you blink or squeeze your eyes shut, or it can be present all the time.
Dr. Kuriachan is an expert in diagnosing and treating eyelid disorders. To learn more about your treatment options, request a consultation online or by phone today.