Eyelid Surgery to Make Eyes Look Even?

I have one eye larger than the other. It opens wider than the other. Is it possible for eyelid surgery to make them even looking?

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Eyelid surgery to make eyes more even

Orbital dystopia is a term for a difference in the set of the eyeball in the eye bone. It can create the illusion of one eye larger than the other. The eyeball position in the bone is always different from one side to another, in every patient, if you analyze the eye configuration closely enough. There is often a difference in the cheekbone and the jawbone on the same side as the prominent eye. This difference cannot usually be changed completely. However, surgery on the eyelids can create the illusion of more symmetry, within certain boundaries. Often, midface or cheeklift techniques are needed to correct this problem.

It is very important to measure and notice these differences before surgery so patients do not expect absolute symmetry.

It is also important to reduce asymmetries that are bothersome as much as possible. This is obviously an artistic endeavor, so great attention to detail and surgical experience are important to achieve the best result.

Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
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More symmetrical eyes are possible

Even though all patients have one eye slightly larger than the other, it is possible through some asymmetrical surgical techniques to alter that to make the eyelids appear more symmetrical.

William Portuese, MD
Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Could be eyelid ptosis

Hi Maple Syrup

Eyelid asymmetry cold come from a myriad f problems. The most common that comes to mind without seeing your photo is from eyelid ptosis, which is not a skin problem but rather an eyelid position problem, this could be from a weakening of the levator muscle that opens the eyes, or from the eyeball position itself, or even from a disorder of the nervous system. Please see an oculoplastic surgeon in your area to determine the cause of your asymmetry before establishing a fix.

Robert Schwarcz, MD
New York Oculoplastic Surgeon
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Eyelid surgery can make your eyes look quite symmetrical.


The muscles, skin, ligaments, and fat of the eyelids can be rearranged to improve both shape and symmetry. Wanting more symmetrical eyes is a common complaint in our blepharoplasty patients in Manhattan.

There are literally 10 different operations that can be done, and they are tricky. Everything depends on a precise diagnosis of what your specific problem is. You need to see a real eyelid specialist. I am not sure how to go about finding one in the UK. You might start with the British Society of Platic Surgeons.

George J. Beraka, MD (retired)
Manhattan Plastic Surgeon
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Eyelids: expect less uneveness and not perfect symmetry

There may be many explanations for this ranging from skeletal to muscular to fatty to cutaneous causes. Depending on the findings a variety of interventions could provide you with dramatic improvement.

However, It is not realistic to expect perfect symmetry.

Seek a qualified surgeon and discuss what can and cannot be corrected. IT is common to overcorrect in anticipation of settling and relaxation of tissues.

Otto Joseph Placik, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
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There are a number of reasons for the eyelids to be asymmetrical.  A thorough examination will be needed to make a surgical plan, and give you an idea how the chances for success will be.  It is well worth it to get an evaluation.


It May Be Possible

Asymmetry is the norm in nature. Although it may seem that our eyes are symmetrical they really aren't. However, there are occasions where one is noticeably different causing a unnatural appearance.

In these circumstances correction of one eye may be possible depending on the problem. Often a thorough exam, which may include a CT scan of the facial bones, can diagnose the problem to be addressed.

So get the correct diagnosis and see a surgeon you are comfortable with.

You need an exam by an opthalmologist

There are many possible causes for the asymmetry that you see. Most often, the cause of one eye appearing more open is either the larger eye is in fact larger or positioned differently due to the bone structure of the eye socket. In some cases, the other eye is smaller which allows the lids to close over the eye.

It is crucial that an Ophthamologist examine you to be certain that nothing is present beneath or in the larger eye socket that is causing the eye to bulge. There are many possibilities and you need a correct diagnosis.

You first need a diagnosis.

Dear Maplesyrup

There are a number of reasons that the two eyes can look different including that this is the way you come. You have not included a photograph so it is hard to be more specific.

Before considering how to make the two eye look the same, it is important to determine why they look different.

The very first thing that I would be concerned with is if you have a thyroid imbalance that might account for why one eye opens more than the other. This might be do to upper eyelid retraction or so-called proptosis or bulging of the eye. Thyroid eye disease is pretty common and sometimes develops in individual with normal thyroid function but more commonly it is seen in individuals with an over active thyroid. Most of the eye changes are seen within a couple of years of when the thyroid becomes overactive. Blood work by your primary care physician can assess the function of the thyroid and an examination by an ophthalmologist would help determine why you have this asymmetry.

There are of course numerous possibilities. A work up by an ophthalmologist or an eye plastic surgery is indicates. Once a diagnosis is established a treatment plan can be developed to address your appearance. It is important not to get the cart before the horse. Start by seeing someone to determine why you have the asymmetry and then see where that takes you.

Kenneth D. Steinsapir, MD
Los Angeles Oculoplastic Surgeon
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Possible to make eyes look even

No one has perfect symmetry. That being said, achieving reasonable symmetry is possible. You would want to make sure you do not have eyelid ptosis (droopy eyelid) which can be a sign of an underlying neurological disorder. If you have ptosis that is not from an underlying neurological disorder you can get that corrected with a relatively simple procedure. I think it would be unlikely that your higher eyelid to high, most likely your lower eyelid is too low. I would consult an ophthamologist first.

Hope that helps.

Samson Lee, MD
Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
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