My Right Eye is Lower Than my Left. How Can Symmetry Be Improved? (photo)
- Asked by DavidDoe
- 1 year ago
My right eye is lower than my left. I am unsure if they have always been asymmetrical. I do recall having a bicycle accident when I was younger which involved me landing on my face. How can the symmetry of my eyes be improved?
A simple, straight-forward canthopexy will fix the asymmetry of your eyes
It appears from the picture as though the outside corner of your right eye (otherwise known as the lateral canthus) is slightly lower than that of the left eye. This is what's causing the asymmetry.
The issue can be quite simply addressed by releasing the attachments in this location and relocating the lateral canthus in a higher, more elevated position by means of subcutaneous suture techniques.
In this way, the fibrous tissue of the lateral canthus is fixed to the bone and the soft tissue attached to the bone (periosteum) in a more desirable position.
This simple procedure is known as a canthopexy.
Orbit [eye socket] asymmetry
The asymmetry you are describing is real, but subtle. THe issue is the underlying bony anatomy of the eye socket. This is a normal anatomic variant that is seen in many patients in varying degrees.
Though it is certainly possible that the trauma your are describing may be a factor, it is likely that this is a congenital issue; that is, your normal anatomy that your were born with.
If you really want to pursue this further, a CT scan of your maxillofacial region with 3D reconstruction will give you the anatomic answers you are looking for. I agree the surgery required to address this maybe much more invasive than you may be willing to undergo, with a minor upside.
If you decide to explore this further, I would recommend consultation with an ASOPRS trained Oculoplastics surgeon. You can find one close to you on the ASOPRS dot org website. Alternatively, a craniofacial surgeon [often found at Children's hospital's] may be a good resource as well.
Web reference: http://seattleface.com/html/dr_amadi.php
Your asymmetry is minimal and you should avoid surgery. You are the only one who notices this and the risk of surgery is more than the gain.
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I recommend a consultation with a fellowship trained oculoplastic surgeon.
You photo is of poor quality but is appears that the left upper eyelid is droopy and the appearance of the left orbit is consistent with an unprepared orbit fracture. This would be consistent with your history of facial trauma. The American Society for Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, one of the professional organizations that endorses this site, maintains a geographic directory on their website that can help you identify a well qualified oculoplastic surgeon.
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