Vision Institute of Michigan doctors can help treat patients for many common conditions affecting the eyes and surrounding areas:
Blepharoplasty and Ptosis Surgery
These procedures include removal of excess skin and fat of the upper lids sometimes with re-insertion of the muscle that controls eyelid height. For those with droopy eyelids, blepharoplasty can make for a dramatic effect not only in appearance but for improved vision. If vision is obstructed significantly, medical insurance can help pay for this surgery.Learn more at AccentsCosmeticSurgery.com
Excess (Epiphora) Tearing Evaluation and Treatment
Those who have excessive tearing due to drainage problems need an evaluation to find the precise reason for the obstruction. Irrigation of the tear drainage system (lacrimal apparatus) can help identify the location of the obstruction. If the tearing is due to small punctal openings, a perforated plug can be inserted or a widening procedure done to allow tears to enter the drainage canals. Sometimes a dacrocystorhinostomy (DCR) is needed to allow tears to drain through a new opening into the nasal cavity.
Entropion and Ectropion
Inward and outward turning of the lower eyelids can cause chronic and persistent irritation. Temporary measures include lubrication and use of ointments to protect the surface of the eye. The definitive way to fix the problem is through tightening procedures to correct the position of the lower eyelids. These are insurance covered procedures and highly effective.
Stye (Chalazion/Hordeolum) Treatment
A stye can usually be treated with warm compresses along with certain eye drops/ointments and sometimes oral antibiotics. However, a persistent stye that doesn’t go way in 3-4 weeks might need to drained in a drainage and curettage procedure. After some local anesthetic, a small blade is used to incise the stye and a curette (small spoon) is used to spoon out the trapped and thickened oil. This is a quick, painless way to treat a non-healing and persistent stye.