Over time, gravity and other factors may cause your upper eyelids to droop or your lower lids to sag and turn outward. These conditions can give you an aged or tired appearance and eventually interfere with your vision. They may require surgical correction. This procedure is often covered by insurance. Dr. Laura Pallan of Ophthalmology Consultants is a highly skilled, ophthalmic surgeon offering plastic surgery of the eyelids. She has two office locations for your convenience, in Moon Township, and the Brentwood area of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Contact the office today for an appointment.
Ophthalmic procedures offered by Dr. Pallan include:
Upper eyelid blepharoplasty is a surgical procedure that removes excess skin from the upper eyelid. This reduces drooping and sagging and tightens the skin of the eyelid. The procedure often is used to improve a patient’s appearance but is also performed by Dr. Pallan to reduce upper eyelid skin that’s interfering with your peripheral vision. The procedure is not extremely painful and discomfort typically is relieved with cool compresses and mild pain medication. Swelling and bruising are typical and may take 10-14 days to resolve.
Oftentimes, eyelid skin can be tightened using the Titan laser in lieu of incisional eyelid surgery. Schedule an lid evaluation so Dr. Pallan can help you figure out your options.
Entropion is an overall loosening of the lower eyelid and inward turning of the lid and eyelashes. This can cause significant irritation with the constant sensation of a foreign body in your eye. Ectropion is an outward turning of the lower eyelid caused by laxity that results in stretching of the lid and its subsequent pulling away from the eyeball. Typically, either condition requires surgical repair when it advances enough to cause significant irritation and impairs ocular function.
A wide variety of cystic growths and skin lesions can develop on the eyelids and require an exam by a physician to determine the cause and best treatment course. One of the most common cystic lesions seen by ophthalmologist is due to a blocked oil gland, which is often called a sty.
These bumps can become quite painful and large and account for nearly half of all eyelid lesions seen in most ophthalmology practices. They often resolve with conservative treatment such as warm compresses but sometimes require incision and drainage.
This is a list of the most common insurances accepted at Ophthalmology Consultants, PC. We advise all our patients to call the office and confirm that we accept your plan.