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Eyelid surgery is often necessary for functional reasons and to maintain the overall health of the eye.

Blepharoplasty

Blepharoplasty is a common surgery conducted by Dr. Carlson at Claris Eye Care & Surgery for the removal of redundant skin on the upper lid and for the removal of fat and excess skin on the lower lid.  It typically is done on the upper eyelid when it begins to droop and interfere with peripheral vision (this procedure might be covered by insurance).  It can also be performed on the lower eyelid using a transconjunctival method to remove excess skin and fat (this procedure is considered cosmetic and is not covered by insurance).

The surgery consists of an outpatient procedure done under sedation with local anesthesia at the Phillips Eye Institute. The redundant skin, muscle and fat is removed from the upper or lower lid of each eye.  Sutures are placed and antibiotic ointment is applied.  At Claris, we conduct several postoperative visits to ensure that your eyelids heal properly.

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Ectropion/Entropion Procedure

This is a surgical correction for out-turning and in-turning lids.  In the operating room of the Phillips Eye Institute, an incision is made at the side of the lower lid.  Lower lid tissue is sutured to the lateral rim of the eye. This restores the lower lid to its original location and tightens its laxity.  We conduct as many postoperative visits as necessary to ensure proper healing.

Eyelid Lesions

For small skin lesions on the eyelid, we typically remove them under microscope control at the Diagnostic and Treatment area of the Phillips Eye Institute. Local anesthesia without sedation is usually used. We send removals for pathologic diagnosis as needed.  Cautery or sutures are applied to the excision site as necessary.  Follow-up is usually by phone or as needed depending upon the pathology report.

For more information on eyelid procedures, please contact us at 612.775.8009 or by email at info@clariseyecare.com.

 

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