Eyelid Surgery Specialist

Charles D. Woods, MD, Eye and Cataract Associates -  - Eye Center

Charles D. Woods, MD, Eye and Cataract Associates

Eye Center located in Decatur, AL & Huntsville, AL

Eyelid surgery, sometimes referred to as blepharoplasty, can truly make a difference in your quality of life. For many men and women in Decatur, Alabama, working with Charles D. Woods, MD, and Eye and Cataract Associates to address eyelid issues was one of the more impactful decisions of their lives. When you’re ready to explore what eyelid surgery can do for you, book a consultation with Dr. Woods to get started. Online scheduling is available, or you can contact the office by phone.

Eyelid Surgery Q & A

What is blepharoplasty?

Blepharoplasty is a surgical procedure to augment the shape or improve the function of your eyelids. The procedure can be done on your upper or lower eyelids or both.

Eyelid surgery can correct:

  • Sagging or loose skin that alters the shape of your upper eyelids
  • Bags under your eyes
  • Drooping lower eyelids
  • Fatty deposits in your eyelids that change their shape

Your eyelids can also shift out of their proper positions, which can cause serious medical issues.

What are entropion and ectropion?

Entropion and ectropion are conditions where your eyelids no longer sit in the proper position relative to your eyes.

Entropion

This occurs when your eyelid turns inward, toward the surface of your eye. You might have a near-constant sensation that something is in your eye or suffer from red or watery eyes. Left untreated, entropion can cause damage to your cornea.

Ectropion

This occurs when your eyelid turns outward, away from the surface of your eye. You might notice watery or excessively dry eyes or sensitivity to light. Left untreated, ectropion can lead to dry eye, corneal abrasions or ulcers.

How can I prepare for eyelid surgery?

Eyelid surgery is usually completed as an outpatient procedure, but you need someone to drive you home as the effects of your anesthesia wear off. Try to clear your schedule for a few days to give your eyes time to rest and begin the healing process.

If Dr. Woods prescribes any post-surgery medications, have them filled before your procedure. Ask about the best over-the-counter pain medications to take. You’ll also want to gather some ice packs, small gauze pads, and clean washcloths and towels.

It might be helpful to have a friend or family member stay with you for a few days after your surgery to help with minor tasks and keep you company. You may experience some swelling or bruising, and you need to return to see Dr. Woods for a follow-up appointment after your procedure.  

Will my insurance pay for my eyelid surgery?

Every insurer is different, but many health insurance policies cover the cost of eyelid surgery if your eyelids are interfering with proper vision. Be sure to let Dr. Woods and his administrative staff know you have questions about insurance coverage, and they can help you determine what portion of the procedure insurance covers.

To get started, book an initial consultation with Dr. Woods at your earliest convenience.