Hello I am wondering if my wonky/asymmetrical eye alignment can be corrected with surgery? The eye and the tear duct are not aligned, as you can see from my picture. Please let me know if this can be fixed surgically as this has caused me a lot of upset throughout my life. Thanks in advance
Asymmetrical Eyes - One Eye is Slightly Higher Than the Other? (photo)
Doctor Answers 3
Boney Orbital Asymmetry
Your history and pictures suggest the presence of boney orbital asymmetry. Asymmetry of the facial bones can be a major contributor to facial asymmetry. When this occurs, it's not unusual to have one side of the face that has a depressed orbital rim and flattened cheekbone and an eye that appears smaller than the opposite eye. These findings are often related to a condition called plagiocephaly.
Unfortunately, it's not possible to correct this type of deformity without major surgery upon the facial skeleton. This type of surgery wouldn't be justified for a relatively minor deformity.
If you're concerned about facial asymmetry, it's reasonable to consult a board certified plastic surgeon. This surgeon should be able to address your concerns and alleviate your anxiety.
It is not at all uncommon to have some asymmetry between the eyes. You will notice this more than anyone else because you see your face more than anyone else. I would not recommend any surgical treatment for the asymmetry of your eyes, as the difference is fairly minor and surgery is not without risk, including the possibility of your eyes becoming more asymmetric.
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