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3 Tips For Preparing For Surgery Around Your Eyes

As you age, parts of your body naturally begin to wrinkle and sag. And while this is a part of life, there are things you can do to combat this and prevent it from happening, including getting cosmetic surgery. 

For many people, one form of surgery that they’d like to get is eyelid surgery. So if this is something that you’ve been considering, here are three tips for preparing for surgery around your eyes. 

Fully Understand The Potential Risks

Because your eyes and the area around them can be very sensitive and are a very important sense that you use for interacting with the world around you, the potential risks involved with surgery around your eyes can be a little more traumatic.

According to PlasticSurgery.org, some of the risks that come along with getting eyelid surgery include things like light sensitivity, an outward rolling of your lower eyelid, lid lag, changes in your vision, pain, numbness or other sensations, and the chance for blindness. Because these are real risks that you’ll be facing if you have eyelid surgery, make sure you go over them with your surgeon and that any concerns you have are addressed before you have the surgery. 

Prepare To Undergo Extensive Preparatory Examinations

With all the risks that can be associated with eyelid surgery, and with how sensitive your eyes can be, extensive preparatory examinations will take place before you have eyelid surgery. 

As part of these examinations, the Mayo Clinic shares that you’ll need to have your surgeon perform a physical examination to determine your tear production as well as the measurements of your eye and parts of your eyelids. In addition to this, you should also have a vision exam, especially if you’re going to try to get your insurance to cover a portion of your surgery costs. And, to help you see the results of your surgery, your surgeon will also likely take extensive photos of your eyes and eyelids so you can see the difference once you’ve fully recovered from your eyelid surgery. 

Set Up Help At Home

While you might not think eyelid surgery would be a big deal, you will likely need some help in the hours and days following your surgery. According to Dr. Brian S. Boxer Wachler, a contributor to WebMD.com, you’ll need someone to drive you home from your surgery, at the very least. And because your vision might be hindered as your eyelids are healing, setting up some help at home is always a good idea. 

If you’re contemplating having eyelid surgery to improve your vision and repair drooping eyelids, consider using the tips mentioned above to help you prepare for this medical procedure.