My Asian Double Eyelids Surgery

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I am an Asian male who just turn 46 years old. I wear prescription glasses. I notice that for the past couple years, my eyesight has gotten a lot worse. I have been told by my ophthalmologist that I am reaching the age where my vision changes. I am near sighted so I can see very clearly when things are very close to my eyes. But now that my eyes are changing, I have trouble seeing things near and far. I also notice that my peripheral vision has gotten worse. I have difficulty driving at night. I feel like I don’t get enough lights coming into my eyes.

I complain about my persistently poor eyesight to my wife for the past year. My wife noticed that my eyelids were quite droopy and appeared to block my vision. On October 2015, my wife took me to see an oculoplastic surgeon for a consultation. During the consultation, the doctor mentioned that my eyesight could possibly be improved by having an upper eyelids surgery. This surgery will lift my eyelids therefore allowing more light coming into my eyes and help improve my peripheral vision.

My oculoplastic surgeon took some pictures of my eyes. I also had a Humphrey Visual Field exam for both of my eyes. These vision tests and her consultation information were sent to my health insurance company. The doctor warned me that normally the insurance company will reject this type of surgery for Asians. Many health insurance companies believe Asian eyes are normally small and double eye lids surgery for Asians are mainly for cosmetic purposes. Here is a picture of my eyes before the surgery. You can judge for yourself if I needed the double eyelids surgery for my vision or for cosmetic purposes.
Before double eyelid surgery - blepharoplasty

Fortunately my double eyelids surgery was approved by my health insurance company.  At the urging of my wife, I made the appointment for my double eyelids surgery.  Here is a picture of my eyes immediately after I came out of the operating room.

AsianDoubleEyeLidSurgery-1st Day

On the day of the double eyelids surgery, my wife took me to the clinic as I would need her to give me a ride home.  Looking at my picture, you can tell that I’m glad that she came with me and will be driving me home.

Before the nurse wheel me into the operating room, the anesthesiologist gave me some medication through my IV to relax me.  The oculoplastic surgeon came to talk to me and my wife to give us a brief overview before the operation.  During preop, she did not do any eyelids marking or advice on the amount of the eyelids she will be removing.

During the operation, the anesthesiologist gave me some mild sedation while the nurse dropped some numbing solution into my eyeballs.  The surgeon proceeded to mark my eyelids and injected local anesthetic into my eyelids.  She had me look up at her multiple times for measurements I guess while she marked my eyelids, applied local anesthetic and performed the procedure.  While she worked on my right eyelid, I felt no pain.  But when she worked on my left eyelid, I felt pain.  Then I told her.  She injected more local anesthetic.  I felt pain and she advised me it was because of the needle.  Then she continued with her surgery.  I continued to complain about pain for 4-5 times while she worked on my left eyelid.  The next thing I knew, I woke up in the recovery room with a nurse and my wife there.  Above is what my eyes looked like immediately after the operation.

 

 

 

January 9, 2016 |

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