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How Can I Fix One Drooping Eye?

My eyes weren't always uneven. I did something stupid 6 yrs ago and wore one contact on my right eye for a couple of months. My left eyelid drooped, and my left eye looked smaller than my right eye. Is there anything I can do to make my eyes even again? Brow lift? Laser blepharoplasty?

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Droop Eyelid Following Contact Lens Use

Your problem is probably related to a mechanical dysfunction of the eyelid. Perhaps the eyelid muscle has become weaker and needs to be tightened or lifted. This can only be determined by consultation with an eyelid specialist. If this turns out to be the cause of the "drooping" then there are a couple of surgical techniques that may be used to elevated the eyelid. Both procedures usually take under 1/2 hour to perform with minimal bruising and downtime. 

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This is a complicated question to answer without...

This is a complicated question to answer without examining you, as the options for correction of this problem include blepharoplasty, browlift, or even a ptosis procedure (a procedure for a droopy lid). The best advice I can give you is to seek out a plastic surgeon in your area that is familiar and comfortable with eyelid surgery so that he or she can give you the best options for correction, as the eyelids are best corrected at the first procedure. Second opinions are also a good idea in situations such as these-- remember it's your eyes we're talking about, so find the surgeon you're the most comfortable with.

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Shahram Salemy, MD, FACS
Seattle Plastic Surgeon
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Droopy eyelid

A droopy eyelid can be caused by various things.

1. Nerve: nerve damage can cause a droopy eyelid

2. contacts: contact lens wearers can weaken the muscles that lift their eyelids and cause them to droopy

3. Age: Sometimes the muscle that lifts the eyelid can become weak over time

4. Mechanical: If there is a stye or bump on the eyelid from a growth that can weigh down the eyelid and make it droopy

5. Medication: Various medicines but most commonly botox if injected near the eyelid can cause it to become droopy. This wears away with time

6. Allergic reaction: In patients who have eye allergies or even contact lens related allergies, an eyelid can be droopy

The best bet is to see an ophthalmic or oculoplastic plastic surgeon to get this sorted out.

Chris Thiagarajah, MD
Washington DC Oculoplastic Surgeon
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Fixing one droopy eye

If your eyelid margin (where the lashes are) is lower on one side, that's called ptosis (p is silent) and can be due to a variety of factors. A thorough eye exam will reveal the cause and the extent of the droopy lid and as long as the muscle that raises the lid is strong, the lid can be re-positioned surgically in an outpatient procedure called ptosis repair. This is best done by an oculoplastic surgeon who has specialized training in surgery of the eyelids. 

Michael Loeffler, MD
Pompano Beach Oculoplastic Surgeon

Unfortunately, there is no way to answer this without...

Unfortunately, there is no way to answer this without examining you. "Droopy" means different things to different people so without knowing what the problem is, there can't be a way to present you with appropriate options. To some people, droopy means extra skin that can be improved by a blepharoplasty. To others, droopy means that the eyelid isn't as open as the other which is a condition called ptosis. This requires a separate type of surgery. Please seek consultation with some excellent plastic surgeons in your area to find out what can be done for you.

How can I fix one drooping eye

If you notice new drooping of an upper lid its important to have it evaluated to determine the cause. You mentioned wearing a contact lens and this can cause a droop but in your case it's on the opposite side. Aging can cause slippage of the muscles and then there are neurologic causes. I would recommend seeing an oculoplastics specialist as they deal with this particular problem all the time.

Katrinka L. Heher, MD
Boston Oculoplastic Surgeon
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Fixing One Droopy Eye

Physical examination and consultation would allow a surgeon to understand the cause of the droopy eye. It is common for contact wearers to weaken the muscles that lift the eye over time. Other possible causes include nerve damage, advancing age, side effects to medication, mechanical disfunction, and allergic reaction. Depending on the cause, there are options for correction including blepharoplasty, ptosis repair, and browlift. Consult in person with 3 experienced and expert board certified plastic surgeons to understand your options.

Kris M. Reddy, MD, FACS
West Palm Beach Plastic Surgeon
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How Can I Fix One Drooping Eye?

Thank you for the question.  Unilateral ptosis or eyelid drooping is a complicated question.  It is unlikely this is related to a contact work 6 years ago.  This could be nerve or muscle problem or could be a normal asymmetry of the face.  Please see a board certified plastic surgeon for proper evaluation and treatment.

All the best,

Dr. Mussman

Jason Mussman, MD
Phoenix Plastic Surgeon
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Some asymmetry is normal, but surgery can help.

Everyone has some degree of asymmetry between the left and right side of the face and body. Although it's doubtful that wearing a contact lens for that long caused problems in the opposite eye, it is likely that a skilled and experienced plastic surgeon who specializes in eyelid surgery can help restore a more symmetrical look. It is actually not that uncommon for eyelid surgery to be performed only on one side, especially since the aging process can affect both sides of the face at slightly different rates. Schedule a consultation and see what your surgeon advises after examining you in person.

Glenn M. Davis, MD, FACS
Raleigh-Durham Plastic Surgeon
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Question Difficult to Answer Without Performing a Physical Examination - Seek Out a Board-Certified Surgeon

                  This question is impossible to answer without performing a physical examination. Eyelid asymmetry can be caused by a variety of conditions and each one has a very specific treatment. Therefore, it’s important to be evaluated by a board certified plastic surgeon with experience performing eyelid surgery. 

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