I have had the vision test indicating that my vision is greatly impaired by drooping, sagging eyelids. The opthamologist who did the test assured me that he had performed many of the surgeries to correct (remove) the sagging eyelids. Is this wise or should I insist on seeing a plastic surgeon?
Is an Opthamologist Qualified to Perform the Upper Eyelid Surgery?
Doctor Answers 4
Who can perform Blepharoplasty
A well trained opthalmologist can perform Blepharoplasty. An important element in picking your surgeon for your blepharoplasty surgery is to find a surgeon who has extensive experience in blepharoplasty. Find someone who you are comfortable with as plastic surgery is so personal. It also helps to view photos of your surgeon's work on other patients to assure that you like their technique and style. Also, be sure that your surgeon is board certified.Good Luck!
Who can perform eyelid surgery?
Hi Ms. Murphy,
I am not an ophthalmologist but I can tell you that an experienced ophthalmologist is perfectly qualified to perform upper eyelid surgery. Particularly one is fellowship trained as an Oculoplastic surgeon. Now there is no board certificate for that so don't be persuaded but someone who insists yo have to be a board certified plastic surgeon. That being said, as things get more complex you want the person who performs a variety of eyelid surgeries. Go with the surgeon who can produce the most evidence of their surgeries and whom makes you feel the most comfortable.
Chase Lay, MD
In general yes
Blepharoplasty is a common procedure performed by Ophthalmologists. Every surgeons experience is different however so you should ask him/her regarding that.
Oculoplastic surgeons are Ophthalmologists that have had 2 additional years of training in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery of the eyelids as well brow, and face, but focusing mostly on the eyelids. So that would be your ideal surgeon.
I would recommend consultation with an ASOPRS trained Oculoplastics surgeon. You can find one close to you on the ASOPRS dot org website