If you have excessively saggy eyelid skin or bags around your eyes, you may already know that you could be a good candidate for an eyelid lift. This cosmetic surgery aims to remove baggy eyelid skin that may make you look older and fatigued, even when you’re getting a full night’s sleep. The eyelid lift – also known as a blepharoplasty procedure – has an extremely high patient satisfaction rating, making it a great choice for people looking to reduce signs of eye aging.
If you’re interested in undergoing an eyelid lift, you may have some hesitation around how the surgery may affect your vision. Will you be able to see immediately after surgery? Could you risk altering your vision with this surgery?
We hear you. That’s why we’re here to answer your biggest questions on whether you’ll be able to see after an eyelid lift.
Eyelid Lift Recovery and Your Vision: What to Expect
Immediately after your eyelid lift, you should anticipate having reduced vision, as eyelid swelling may prevent you from seeing clearly. Cold compresses can be used to help reduce swelling and bruising. If you wear contact lenses, we recommend switching to your glasses for at least one month after your eyelid lift surgery.
When going outside, be sure to wear sunglasses to protect your eyes from dirt, sun, and the wind. Your eyes may feel particularly dry for the first few weeks after surgery; ask your cosmetic surgeon for prescription eye drops if dry eye continues to bother you.
In some cases, an eyelid lift can actually improve your vision, as well as your quality of life. In these cases, the eyelid skin is so saggy that it actually impedes the patient’s ability to use their full field of vision. When that happens, the eyelid lift can remove the sagging skin and help patients get their full vision back.
Dr. Greenberg is a fabulous plastic surgeon. I had an eyebrow lift and he also did my upper and lower lids. The follow up care was excellent as were the results of the surgery. I would highly recommend using him.