As we grow older, many different eyelid and eyebrow conditions can develop affecting vision. Some may have been present since birth; others a result of a neurological disorder. Fortunately, there are careful surgical procedures that can be done to help people improve their vision and eye health.
At Griffey Eye Care & Laser Center, we can treat ptosis, eyelid lesions, styes, eyelid malpositions, and tearing problems. We also offer eyelid lifts.
Upper Eyelid Blepharoplasty (Eyelid Lift)
Over time, the thin layer of skin that surrounds the eyes may sag and make a person look tired. The drooping skin can also affect a person’s vision. To ensure full peripheral vision, an eyelid lift, also known as blepharoplasty, may be performed to remove excess skin from the upper eyelids, lift sagging eyelids, or address fatty pockets and excess skin under the eyes. Many cases of blepharoplasty are covered by insurance.
Blepharoplasty is an outpatient procedure that can be performed in our in-office surgical suite. Bruising is minimal. Patients can expect to go back to work within a week.
Eyelid lumps and bumps come in all different varieties. They can be inflammatory lesions such as styes or chalazions, benign growths such as cysts, moles, keratosis or skin tags, or different forms of cancer. Because of the delicate nature of the eyelids, careful evaluation by an ophthalmologist is required to determine the type of lesion and recommended management. Often, if the lesion is felt to be something that needs to be removed, an in-office excisional biopsy can be performed to determine the exact pathology.
Chalazion or Styes
A chalazion is a cyst that develops as a result of trapped oil secretions in one of the many glands in the upper or lower eyelids. A chalazion can arise initially as a tender, red, swollen bump, resembling a stye or infection of the eyelid. Treatment initially includes warm compresses, massage, and sometimes antibiotic ointment or drops. If the bump persists, it can be excised. Conditions associated with a chalazion include rosacea and blepharitis.
Eyelid lesions can be cysts, moles, skin tags or malignant cancers. They are usually painless, but can destroy the normal architecture of the lid and possibly become malignant. Early detection is critical if the lesion is precancerous or cancerous. Eyelid lesions can be removed to ensure the eyelid functions normally.
The eyelids protect your eyes, shielding them from foreign objects like dust and debris. They’re also crucial for spreading moisture, allowing the tear film to nourish and clean the eye’s surface. When the eyelids are malpositioned, or in an abnormal position, it affects their function and eye health.Eyelid surgery can improve eyelid function and reduce symptoms caused by eyelid malposition. Contact us to learn more about your surgical options.
Entropion (Eyelid Turns Inward)
Entropion, a condition in which the lower eyelid turns inward, can cause eye irritation and result in excessive tearing, crusting, mucous discharge and even vision loss. Although most commonly the result of aging and the weakening of the eyelid muscles, entropion may also be caused by a birth defect, eye injury, scarring or tumors.
Patients whose eyelids turn inward can undergo an outpatient surgical procedure to tighten the eyelid and return it to its normal position. In other cases, the condition is treated with lubricating drops, ointments and temporary sutures. Since entropion can cause damage to the outer part of the eye, known as the cornea, an evaluation with one of our ophthalmologists is recommended.
Ectropion (Eyelid Turns Outward)
Ectropion, a condition in which the lower eyelid turns outward, can cause eye irritation and result in excessive tearing, crusting and mucous discharge. Although most commonly the result of aging and the weakening of the eyelid muscles, ectropion may also be caused by a birth defect, eye injury, scarring or skin cancers. An outpatient surgical procedure can be performed to tighten the eyelid and return it to its normal position.
Excessive tearing can result from faulty tear drainage, overproduction of tears, or even as a reflex from severe dry eye syndrome. A common cause of tearing is the blockage of the lacrimal ducts located alongside the nose, which may result from inflammation, injury, tumors or other conditions. Excess tearing can be a nuisance. It can also affect your vision if left untreated.
I recently went to my family doctor for pain I’d been having in my eye that was moving down my neck. I’d been waiting to have an MRI scheduled, and it was taking forever. I wanted to get a second opinion about what course of action should be taken. My husband and daughter are both patients at this practice and have always received stellar treatment. Dr. Griffey took very good care of me and went the extra step to send a letter to my family doctor while I was still there to concur with what they had said and also confirm that he would suggest an MRI as well. I was very impressed with him and his patient care. And, I appreciate the staff (particularly Tara and Benita) in scheduling me in as soon as possible. I would highly recommend this practice! Thank you all again for your help.
I was referred to Dr. Griffey by several people. I was told he was an excellent ophthalmologist, and they were right. This was my first time meeting him and he made me feel so safe, comfortable and confident that he was providing me with the best and most knowledgeable treatment I could ask for. As I sat in the chair, I observed him interact with a baby he kissed on the forehead, it was so special to see him do that because it showed a gentle side of him, and his interaction with his assistants was nice, professional and straight to the point of what he needed in order to help his patient, I remember him saying to one of them that he was not going to let me leave until he reviewed a report from another doctor about my condition and that really made me feel special because it showed his concern. I don’t think I could have asked for a better doctor. Thank you Dr. Griffey for being the best and hats off to your father and grandfather.
I had a wonderful first appointment. The staff is attentive and the techs and doctors are knowledgeable and take their time really getting to know their patients. So happy to have found them.
I travel from Atlanta, Georgia to see Dr. Griffey, MD, and board certified Ophthalmologist. Dr. Griffey has performed two surgeries on me and I would trust him to do anything he deems necessary. The staff is fantastic and I would recommend Dr. Griffey, to all that needed to see a competent Ophthalmologist!!!
I want to thank everyone at Chesapeake Eye Care for their care on a recent visit. I had an accident involving my eye and even though they were booked, the receptionist worked me in that day. The technician and Dr. Fox saw me promptly and performed a thorough exam. I was very pleased with both of them and appreciated their kindness and professionalism.
My dad had cataract surgery a couple years ago. I was a little nervous for him, he’d been resisting getting surgery for so long. However, the staff and Dr. Griffey were wonderful to him and everything went very smoothly. He had a great experience, and I am thankful to them for making him so comfortable.
The best thing I ever did was get LASIK surgery; it is unbelievable how I can see 20/20. When I get in bed at night I still think … wait….no, I don’t have to take my contacts out and it’s been 3 months. It was wonderful in Mexico also with not having to worry about contacts and all the solutions to bring with me. I had an amazing experience with my LASIK surgery with Dr. Paul Griffey and his staff! I would definitely recommend him to friends and family!!!
I sent my mom to Dr. Griffey for a 2nd opinion on her eyes. Years later, I am still satisfied with the care he has provided. She had an appointment today and Dr. Griffey called me personally to discuss my concerns. WOW!!!!! GREAT PROVIDER!!!!!! I also referred my dad to him after a bad cataract surgery elsewhere. Dr Griffey did his 2nd eye without complications. THANK YOU for taking care of my parents! I have 30+ years in the business as a licensed optician and have worked with many doctors, I would recommend Dr. Griffey to any patient for care!!!!!!!!!!
I have been a patient of Dr. Griffey, since 2012. I’m born, raised, formal education, retired Law Enforcement, City of Virginia Beach, VA. After moving to Atlanta, I felt I could not find the care I needed, so I travel back and forth to receive my care. I will not allow anyone to see me. Well worth the trip, and will continue to do so!
Thank you for being The Best…
We both underwent cataract surgery, in both eyes. Barbara’s was in September of 2018. Mine was in December 2018. We both had excellent experiences, from her first visit, to my last. Dr. Griffey, as well as everyone on his staff, (that we came in contact with), were prompt and very professional. Yet, at the same time they were relaxed and very friendly. We were very impressed that everyone, asked, if we had any questions.
And, we can both see 20/20 again!!.
There was an general atmosphere of confidence and calmness throughout his practice, as well as within the Chesapeake Surgical Center. That made us both feel very comfortable, and well cared for. We have never before experienced such a well run practice. We have, (and will continue to), highly recommend Dr. Griffey to anyone who needs eye care.
Barbara and Eddie
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