Cosmetic & Reconstructive Eyelid Surgery
Atlantic Eye Institute can help patients with improvements in their appearance as well as in their vision. Our surgeons have unique knowledge of the eyelid and orbital anatomy as ophthalmologists trained in oculoplastics and have done thousands of eyelid procedures–on male and female patients–with natural, not artificial-looking, results.
Due to the effects of the sun, diet, pollutants, gravity, heredity, aging, and the simple act of blinking, the skin around the eyes begins to loosen and relax. Over time, sagging occurs from the force of gravity pulling the eyelid tissue. Changes also occur in the fatty tissue located just beneath the skin. These normally firm fat pads begin to protrude, causing bulges or “bags” to form under the eye.
Sagging, drooping eyelids can interfere with vision and appearance. Removing this tissue can improve vision and make a person look dramatically younger and more energetic. In addition to changes in appearance and limited field of vision, excess eyelid tissue can cause discomfort, brow ache, and fatigue. In some cases, excess skin may even cause the eyelashes to turn in and irritate the eye.
In this common procedure for both men and women, excess skin and fatty tissue are removed from around the eyes. Upper eyelid incision lines are hidden along the natural skin folds of the eyelids while lower eyelid incisions are hidden on the inside of the eyelid making it completely invisible after surgery. Fine sutures used to close incisions will either dissolve on their own or may be removed several days after surgery.
Blepharoplasty is usually performed on an outpatient basis under local anesthesia, depending on the amount of reconstruction needed, the patient’s preference, and health. After surgery quiet rest with the head elevated is recommended to relieve any soreness or discomfort. Cold compresses are applied to reduce swelling and bruising which may last several days. You will need to keep the eyelids clean and use antibiotic ointments after your blepharoplasty procedure.
Ptosis is the condition of the upper eyelid drooping below its expected position when the eye is looking straight ahead. It usually indicates an issue with the muscle inside the eyelid and, depending on the
severity, it can limit or even completely block vision. However, in many instances, ptosis is considered to be a cosmetic issue, causing a tired or sleepy appearance. Ptosis can happen at any stage of life and can affect just one or both eyes. Fortunately, Atlantic Eye Institute offers surgical solutions to improve vision as well as appearance.
Depending on the severity of your condition, a blepharoplasty or ptosis repair may not be covered by your insurance. Atlantic Eye Institute is pleased to offer Care Credit no interest payment plans for up to 24 months. CareCredit lets you begin your treatment or procedure immediately-then pay for it over time with low monthly payments that are easy to fit into your monthly budget. Now you do not have to save up for years to finally get the treatment you’ve been wanting. Click here to apply.
Entropion & Ectropion Repair
Our practice also assists older patients who have developed entropion (turning in of the lower lid usually with eye irritation from in turning eyelashes) or ectropion (turning out of the lower lid exposing both the lower eyeball and lid conjunctiva). Both of these conditions can predispose a patient to infection. Entropion and ectropion are repaired expertly at Atlantic Eye Institute.
Eyelid wound or trauma, cancer of the lids or orbit, and revision of prior, unsatisfactory lid surgery can also be successfully addressed by our surgeons.
Age on your terms
For those who wish to improve the signs of aging around the eyes and face without surgery, our practice offers effective, minimally invasive options.
Botox & Xeomin
Fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes and forehead are due to over-activity of facial muscles that are used during expression. By allowing these muscles to rest, muscle relaxing injection treatments can significantly reduce or eliminate these lines and wrinkles.
Atlantic Eye Institute hosts a quarterly Botox party at their Jacksonville Beach location. The party is held after hours and offers exclusive discounts for those who attend. Sign up for our monthly newsletter to make sure you don’t miss the next event!
Restylane Dermal Fillers
Restylane Dermal Fillers are a natural lifting treatment for maturing skin. Working as a gel-based form of hyaluronic acid, Restylane is gently injected into the facial wrinkles, lips or underneath the eye area to enhance the skin’s fullness and flexibility.
Latisse Eyelash Solution
Latisse® Eyelash Solution is a prescription treatment for hypotrichosis and is used to grow eyelashes, making each eyelash longer, thicker and darker. Hypotrichosis is another name for having inadequate or too few eyelashes. Latisse® is a daily eyelash solution that you apply each evening to the base of your upper eyelashes. Users begin to see eyelash growth at four weeks with full results after 16 weeks.