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Can Asian people see better after having a blepharoplasty?
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Dr. Robert Chang
Ophthalmology
3 doctors agree
In brief: Depends
Cosmetic vs. Functional.
If to change the eyelid fold or open the eyes more, may not change vision much, but if very droopy lids or hooding blocking vision preop, then removal of excess skin may improve peripheral vision.

In brief: Depends
Cosmetic vs. Functional.
If to change the eyelid fold or open the eyes more, may not change vision much, but if very droopy lids or hooding blocking vision preop, then removal of excess skin may improve peripheral vision.
Dr. Robert Chang
Dr. Robert Chang
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Dr. Michael Kulick
Surgery - Plastics
In brief: Blepharoplasty
This is possible.
A great deal depends on "why" one's vision is obstructed. An examination of the "visual" fields will help on this front. Often ptosis can impact one's vision. If there is a true vision obstruction, insurance companies may pay for this correction. This site will show you the results of asian eyelid surgery. http://www.drkulick.com/face-procedures-san-francisco/eyelid-surgery/

In brief: Blepharoplasty
This is possible.
A great deal depends on "why" one's vision is obstructed. An examination of the "visual" fields will help on this front. Often ptosis can impact one's vision. If there is a true vision obstruction, insurance companies may pay for this correction. This site will show you the results of asian eyelid surgery. http://www.drkulick.com/face-procedures-san-francisco/eyelid-surgery/
Dr. Michael Kulick
Dr. Michael Kulick
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Dr. Suzanne Galli
Facial Plastic Surgery
In brief: Asian blepharoplasty
By creating a crease in Asian blepharoplasty, the eye appears more open.
For older patients who undergo aging Asian blepahroplasty with removal of excess skin, there may be improvement in vision as there is less lateral hooding and less visual field deficit.

In brief: Asian blepharoplasty
By creating a crease in Asian blepharoplasty, the eye appears more open.
For older patients who undergo aging Asian blepahroplasty with removal of excess skin, there may be improvement in vision as there is less lateral hooding and less visual field deficit.
Dr. Suzanne Galli
Dr. Suzanne Galli
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Dr. Matheson Harris
Ophthalmology
In brief: Sometimes
Blepharoplasty, when done to remove redundant skin blocking vision, should make vision better. When done for purely cosmetic purposes it shouldn't have much effect.

In brief: Sometimes
Blepharoplasty, when done to remove redundant skin blocking vision, should make vision better. When done for purely cosmetic purposes it shouldn't have much effect.
Dr. Matheson Harris
Dr. Matheson Harris
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Dr. Mike Bowman
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
In brief: Depends
The answer is the same for non-asian eyes as well.
..If they eyelids were baggy enough to obstruct the vision, then a blepharoplasty will help. If the blepharoplasty is undertaken for cosmetic reasons (i.e. Non-functional) then it will not affect vision. To be clear, blepharoplasty only improves the "visual field, " it won't make blurry vision any more clear.

In brief: Depends
The answer is the same for non-asian eyes as well.
..If they eyelids were baggy enough to obstruct the vision, then a blepharoplasty will help. If the blepharoplasty is undertaken for cosmetic reasons (i.e. Non-functional) then it will not affect vision. To be clear, blepharoplasty only improves the "visual field, " it won't make blurry vision any more clear.
Dr. Mike Bowman
Dr. Mike Bowman
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Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics
In brief: Maybe but not likely
Only if the loose skin is obstructing their vision as determined on a visual field testing.

In brief: Maybe but not likely
Only if the loose skin is obstructing their vision as determined on a visual field testing.
Dr. Otto Placik
Dr. Otto Placik
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Dr. Steven Harris
Surgery - Plastics
In brief: Sometimes
Older people (asian or not) whose peripheral vision is blocked by excess hanging skin can have their peripheral vision improved by removing this excess skin.
This lets more light into the eye overall, as well, and patients will often report some sharpening of vision in forward view, as a nice bonus. No change in vision would be expected in a young asian person after a "double eyelid" operation.

In brief: Sometimes
Older people (asian or not) whose peripheral vision is blocked by excess hanging skin can have their peripheral vision improved by removing this excess skin.
This lets more light into the eye overall, as well, and patients will often report some sharpening of vision in forward view, as a nice bonus. No change in vision would be expected in a young asian person after a "double eyelid" operation.
Dr. Steven Harris
Dr. Steven Harris
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Dr. Todd Sisto
Breast Surgery
In brief: Yes
If their vision was obstructed by their eyelid preoperatively.

In brief: Yes
If their vision was obstructed by their eyelid preoperatively.
Dr. Todd Sisto
Dr. Todd Sisto
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Dr. Darab Hormozi
Surgery - Plastics
In brief: Yes
Asian eyes have often very narrow opening therefor the field of vision and amount of light is limited.
Blepharoplasty can improve both conditions without changing the asian shape of the eyes.

In brief: Yes
Asian eyes have often very narrow opening therefor the field of vision and amount of light is limited.
Blepharoplasty can improve both conditions without changing the asian shape of the eyes.
Dr. Darab Hormozi
Dr. Darab Hormozi
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Dr. Alan Chen
Surgery - Plastics
In brief: No
An uncomplicated blepharoplasty should not alter vision.
However, when done for ptosis (droopy upper eyelids) it will increase the upper visual field.

In brief: No
An uncomplicated blepharoplasty should not alter vision.
However, when done for ptosis (droopy upper eyelids) it will increase the upper visual field.
Dr. Alan Chen
Dr. Alan Chen
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