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ask: Is there a way to improve or fix droopy eyelids without surgery?

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I have droopy eyelids and have for a few years now. They are beginning to affect my vision and this is something I can't have. I refuse to get an upper eyelid lift (upper bleph), and can't really afford it anyway.

My question is, does anyone have any solutions for this or products they know of that don't require surgery? I only found one product online that claims to help with this (Eye Magic), which I think I will try. Has anyone tried this or anything like it?

Hoping for some help here. Thank you!

Linda

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Anonymous

Eyelid tape from Wonder Eyelid Tape. I got it from China. It was really cheap, less than $15 for a month's supply (both eyes). You wear the tape for about 20-22 hours a day for a month. After a week I started to see major results. The tape is medical tape grade and double sided. The instructions are unfortunately in Japanese or Chinese but there are plenty of how to videos online. It also comes with an applicator. It's worked to correct one eyelid that droops a little.

December 10, 2012 - 11:06am
Alison Beaver

Hi,
I just wanted to "second" Diane's response. If your vision is being impaired, then it would be recommended to speak with your doctor about your options.

Do you have an Ophthalmologist?

June 9, 2009 - 1:42pm
Diane Porter

Hi, Anon. Thank you for your question.

According to the National Institutes of Health, drooping of the eyelid is called ptosis, and it can be from from damage to the nerve that controls the muscles of the eyelid, problems with the muscle strength (as in myasthenia gravis), or from swelling of the lid. It can worsen over time.

Surgical repair seems quite successful for this; may I ask why you are opposed to it, other than the cost? It seems like when it is affecting your vision, the surgery might be a doctor's best recommendation and insurance would cover it? Are you uninsured, perhaps?

In a case like this, you're not dealing with just "cosmetic surgery" in order to look better. You are needing to see better, and to prevent further drooping in the future.

Here's the NIH site:

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/001018.htm#visualContent

I looked at the Eye Magic website. The product, for those who are interested, are "invisible" strips that you use to position your skin back into its natural position. I can't see how harm would come from it, but I wonder if it's truly a viable daily solution (they note that people use the strips for special occasions and photographs in addition to daily application). The cost is $1 a day -- $30 for a one-month supply -- which adds up.

I have to tell you, however, that if you order, use a credit card, so you can return the item and get your money returned if you have any dissatisfaction with the product. I always worry when I can't find a phone number or address on a web site.

Maybe some of our readers will have used this product and have an opinion. Anyone?

June 9, 2009 - 10:35am
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