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Is it smarter to have eyelid surgery at same time or few months after I have catarct surgery.?

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Dr. Barry Press
Surgery - Plastics
6 doctors agree

In brief: Wait

I assume you are referring to blepharoplasty (cosmetic eyelid surgery.
) while there is nothing wrong (theoretically) with combining the two, i favor having the medically-indicated procedure performed first, then the bleph after recovery. Occasionally, there is drooping of the eyelid after cataract surgery (ptosis), this can be corrected at the time of the blepharoplasty.

In brief: Wait

I assume you are referring to blepharoplasty (cosmetic eyelid surgery.
) while there is nothing wrong (theoretically) with combining the two, i favor having the medically-indicated procedure performed first, then the bleph after recovery. Occasionally, there is drooping of the eyelid after cataract surgery (ptosis), this can be corrected at the time of the blepharoplasty.
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Dr. Jay Bradley
Ophthalmology - LASIK Surgery
5 doctors agree

In brief: After

Eyelid surgery should be performed after you are completely healed from cataract surgery since the eyelid position may change slightly after the surgery.
Surgery on your cataract and eyelid simultaneously is not recommend due to infection risks.

In brief: After

Eyelid surgery should be performed after you are completely healed from cataract surgery since the eyelid position may change slightly after the surgery.
Surgery on your cataract and eyelid simultaneously is not recommend due to infection risks.
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Dr. LINDA VARGAS
Ophthalmology
4 doctors agree

In brief: Separately

Cataract surgery and a blepharoplasty are very different surgeries and have different recovery times.
I recommend having one procedure done first and then scheduling the other after you've healed from one procedure. It' may not require months, but just a few weeks.

In brief: Separately

Cataract surgery and a blepharoplasty are very different surgeries and have different recovery times.
I recommend having one procedure done first and then scheduling the other after you've healed from one procedure. It' may not require months, but just a few weeks.
Dr. LINDA VARGAS
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Dr. Robert Chang
Ophthalmology
3 doctors agree

In brief: Wait

Speculum to hold the eyelid open used during cataract surgery can temporarily affect the lid position.

In brief: Wait

Speculum to hold the eyelid open used during cataract surgery can temporarily affect the lid position.
Dr. Robert Chang
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Dr. Tal Raviv
Ophthalmology
2 doctors agree

In brief: After

Cataract surgery involves placing a lid speculum to keep the eyes open.
Rarely this can change the height of the lids or cause drooping (ptosis) after. Best to wait a few months after both eyes cataract is removed first.

In brief: After

Cataract surgery involves placing a lid speculum to keep the eyes open.
Rarely this can change the height of the lids or cause drooping (ptosis) after. Best to wait a few months after both eyes cataract is removed first.
Dr. Tal Raviv
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Dr. Steven Harris
Surgery - Plastics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: After

Cataract surgery can produce some changes, usually temporary, in lid position.
Therefore, i think most surgeons would recommend waiting until you are well-healed from cataract surgery before having lid surgery.

In brief: After

Cataract surgery can produce some changes, usually temporary, in lid position.
Therefore, i think most surgeons would recommend waiting until you are well-healed from cataract surgery before having lid surgery.
Dr. Steven Harris
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Dr. Mike Bowman
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Cataract first

Blepharoplasty (eyelid rejuvenation) can temporarily cause difficulty closing the lids completely.
The resulting dry eyes is not a big problem usually, but would not be good immediately after cataract surgery. That is my point of view after discussion w/ local eye md's. Be sure to discuss with your ophthalmologist in detail.

In brief: Cataract first

Blepharoplasty (eyelid rejuvenation) can temporarily cause difficulty closing the lids completely.
The resulting dry eyes is not a big problem usually, but would not be good immediately after cataract surgery. That is my point of view after discussion w/ local eye md's. Be sure to discuss with your ophthalmologist in detail.
Dr. Mike Bowman
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Dr. Richard Carlin
Ophthalmology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: After

I would not recommend having both at the same time for two reasons.
First, there have been reports of increased complications and second, the swelling from the eyelids can put pressure on the eye and affect the wound. So, i would do the cataract first and the lids after the cataract is healed.

In brief: After

I would not recommend having both at the same time for two reasons.
First, there have been reports of increased complications and second, the swelling from the eyelids can put pressure on the eye and affect the wound. So, i would do the cataract first and the lids after the cataract is healed.
Dr. Richard Carlin
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Dr. Michael Ham
Ophthalmology

In brief: Not at same time

I would not recomend at the same time.
I would wait at least 90 days after lid surgery to have cataract surgery. Or wait 30 days after cataract surgery to have lid surgery.

In brief: Not at same time

I would not recomend at the same time.
I would wait at least 90 days after lid surgery to have cataract surgery. Or wait 30 days after cataract surgery to have lid surgery.
Dr. Michael Ham
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