It’s no secret that we live in a highly image conscious world. We’re constantly bombarded with advertisements promoting ideals such as “thin is beautiful” and “youth sells anything”. So, it’s no wonder that so many people choose to undergo makeovers just to conform to these ideals. In fact, many people elect to have some sort of surgery to help them improve their physical appearance. For some people, they want to change the look of their eyes. This may stem from not wanting to wearing glasses or contact lenses anymore. For others, they just don’t like the look of their eyelids. Thankfully, there are minor eye surgeries which can address these specific requests. This article will touch on two of the most common eye surgeries performed: LASIK and eyelid surgery.
Since 2000, LASIK has become a household name worldwide. LASIK, which stands for LASer-assisted In-situ Keratomileusis, is a surgical procedure that’s performed to improve a person’s vision. It works by having a laser reshape our eye’s cornea. The cornea is the clear outermost layer in the front of our eye which is primarily responsible for controlling and focusing the entry of light into our eye. Vision becomes impaired when the cornea doesn’t function properly. LASIK simply readjusts the cornea’s shape based on the condition of the eye.
As you might imagine, many people have made the decision to undergo LASIK surgery because they simply got tired of wearing glasses or contact lenses. It’s a relatively safe and painless procedure with a good track record of success. Also, it’s highly adaptive to your eye’s specific condition (e.g. nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, etc.). However, there are some downsides to this procedure. LASIK can be quite expensive and is usually not covered by insurance. Also, some people reported side effects from LASIK surgery such as seeing halos and dry eye. Be sure to talk to your eye care professionals at Northside Eyecare first before undergoing LASIK surgery.
What is Eyelid Surgery?
Eyelid surgery, also known as blepharoplasty, is one of the most common cosmetic surgeries performed worldwide. Specifically, it’s used to repair droopy looking eyelids. As we get older, our eyelids start to stretch which weaken the muscles that support the eyelids. This results in excess fat accumulating around the eyelids. This is how we get sagging eyebrows, drooping eye lids, and bags under the eyes. In some cases, the droopy eyelids can actually impair vision. Blepharoplasty is a procedure that simply removes the excess fat, skin, and muscles which cause these unattractive eyelid features.
Many people turn to eyelid surgery as a way to help them look younger. Also, some people notice an improvement in their vision because the procedure can remove excess fat that keeps their eyelids from opening and closing properly. Still, as with any surgery, there are potential risks. Some of these risks include: scarring, impaired eyelid function, dry eyes, and a risk of blindness. It’s important to talk with an eyelid surgery specialist prior to having this procedure done.
It’s been said that our eyes are the windows to our soul. This explains why some people will turn to minor eye surgeries like LASIK or blepharoplasty to keep those windows looking more vibrant. In today’s society, these surgeries can help people look and feel younger. Talk about a gift that truly keeps on giving.