16 doctors weighed in:

Does it matter whether you get lasik or double eyelid surgery first?

16 doctors weighed in
Dr. Dean Dornic
Ophthalmology
6 doctors agree

In brief: LASIK First.

I prefer lasik be done first because the lid speculum that holds your eyes open during the lasik procedure can stretch some of the eyelid muscles.
You should wait at least 3 months after the lasik before having eyelid surgery.

In brief: LASIK First.

I prefer lasik be done first because the lid speculum that holds your eyes open during the lasik procedure can stretch some of the eyelid muscles.
You should wait at least 3 months after the lasik before having eyelid surgery.
Dr. Dean Dornic
Dr. Dean Dornic
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Dr. Jay Pepose
Ophthalmology
3 doctors agree

In brief: LASIK first

The use of the lid holding device in lasik could potentially stretch the thin lid muscles or where they insert soon after surgery and alter the lid position.
It may therefore be best to have lasik first and then the blepharoplasty later. Lasik can be associated with dryness and lifting the lids could exacerbate this, so it is generally best to wait until dryness has resolved after lasik.

In brief: LASIK first

The use of the lid holding device in lasik could potentially stretch the thin lid muscles or where they insert soon after surgery and alter the lid position.
It may therefore be best to have lasik first and then the blepharoplasty later. Lasik can be associated with dryness and lifting the lids could exacerbate this, so it is generally best to wait until dryness has resolved after lasik.
Dr. Jay Pepose
Dr. Jay Pepose
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Dr. Mike Bowman
Your plastic surgeon will probably want to have clearance from your eye doctor before proceeding with a blepharoplasty.
Dr. Jeffrey Pollard
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
2 doctors agree

In brief: Should not matter

Probably doesn't matter which one you do first - just give yourself ample time to recover in between.

In brief: Should not matter

Probably doesn't matter which one you do first - just give yourself ample time to recover in between.
Dr. Jeffrey Pollard
Dr. Jeffrey Pollard
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Dr. John Hoffmann
Surgery - Plastics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: See your eye doctor

This will depend on several things.
The most important is your tear production. If your tear production is poor or borderline, then you may be a poor candidate for eyelid surgery. This is especially true if you have had lasik surgery. You should talk to your lasik doctor before having any eyelid surgery.

In brief: See your eye doctor

This will depend on several things.
The most important is your tear production. If your tear production is poor or borderline, then you may be a poor candidate for eyelid surgery. This is especially true if you have had lasik surgery. You should talk to your lasik doctor before having any eyelid surgery.
Dr. John Hoffmann
Dr. John Hoffmann
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Dr. Todd Sisto
Breast Surgery
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Not as long as

The eye dr approves the interval.

In brief: Not as long as

The eye dr approves the interval.
Dr. Todd Sisto
Dr. Todd Sisto
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Dr. Jay Bradley
Ophthalmology - LASIK Surgery

In brief: Lid surgery

You should have your eyelid surgery performed first.
Lid surgery can sometimes alter your prescription.

In brief: Lid surgery

You should have your eyelid surgery performed first.
Lid surgery can sometimes alter your prescription.
Dr. Jay Bradley
Dr. Jay Bradley
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Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics

In brief: Timing: LasikvsBleph

It probably doesn't matter, however, in my practice, it is common for patients to suddenly become aware of tired looking eyes after lasik surgery and some even blame the surgery for their appearance (unlikely).
It is more probable that they are now able to fully view their eyes after eliminating corrective lenses which masked the pre-existing appearance. Be prepared for dry eyes after either.

In brief: Timing: LasikvsBleph

It probably doesn't matter, however, in my practice, it is common for patients to suddenly become aware of tired looking eyes after lasik surgery and some even blame the surgery for their appearance (unlikely).
It is more probable that they are now able to fully view their eyes after eliminating corrective lenses which masked the pre-existing appearance. Be prepared for dry eyes after either.
Dr. Otto Placik
Dr. Otto Placik
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