As we age, the tissues and muscles of the body start to loose elasticity. This can result in droopy eyes. If the lid obstructs enough of the pupil, you may start to notice it begins to interfere with your vision. Field of view decreases with droopy lids, also known as dermatochalasis.
Treatment for dermatochalasis may involve a blepharoplasty. In some cases, the lower lid also begins to sag. This may cause symptoms of watery eyes, or epiphora. When the lower lid is no longer in apposition with the eye, tears do not spread over the surface of the eye properly, causing blurry vision, watery eyes, and signs of dry eye. Blepharoplasty can be conducted on both the upper and lower lids to improve eyelid apposition to the eyes in addition to eliminating droopy eyes.
Blepharoplasty can also be conducted to create an eyelid fold in those without an eyelid crease, sometimes referred to as “monolid.” This is an especially common procedure especially in those of Asian descent.