Need A Lift?

Upper eyelid surgery improves vision, appearance.

Back in the mid Sixties, when the United States was taking the lead in the space race against the Soviet Union and developing the technology that allowed man to walk on the moon, Alice Arcand literally had a hand in making that history happen.

Alice Arcand had upper eyelid surgery at the Center for Advanced Eye Care and came away extremely pleased.

Alice Arcand

“My sister and I came down to Florida and took jobs at Cape Canaveral for a while,” Alice explains. “I was a typist for testing procedures during the Gemini and Apollo missions. It was interesting work, to say the least, and a lot of fun.

“One of the interesting things was, we typed on typewriters with ribbons back then, and at the end of the day, someone would always collect all the ribbons because the information we were typing was top secret.”

Now 75 and a resident of Hutchinson Island, Alice has long been a regular patient at the Center for Advanced Eye Care, where she has been under the primary care of Adam M. Katz, MD, and recently had cataract surgery performed by William J. Mallon, MD.

It was during her annual eye exam last December that Alice mentioned that her sagging upper eyelids, an issue Dr. Katz had been monitoring for a couple of years, had drooped to a point where they were affecting her vision.

“There wasn’t enough light getting into my eyes, especially the right eye,” shares Alice. “And my peripheral vision was affected as well, which made it more difficult to drive.”

Upon examining Alice, Dr. Katz agreed that the problem had reached a point where it needed to be addressed and recommended Alice visit his associate at the Center for Advanced Eye Care, Alexander D. Blandford, MD.

Dr. Blandford is a board-certified ophthalmologist who completed an additional two-year accredited fellowship in oculofacial plastic surgery at the prestigious Cleveland Clinic Cole Eye Institute and specializes in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery around the eyes and face.

In addition to performing upper eyelid (eyelid lift) and lower eyelid (lower bag removal) surgery, brow lifts and nonsurgical skin treatments such as BOTOX® Cosmetic and dermal fillers, Dr. Blandford also specializes in skin cancer removal/reconstruction, orbital surgery and tear drainage system surgery.

Birthdays and Gravity

“Alice came to me with a complaint of having trouble getting enough light into her eyes and having to lift her eyelids up with her fingers to see well,” Dr. Blandford says. “She also said she looked tired and almost asleep compared to the way she actually felt.

“These are complaints I hear often from patients as birthdays and gravity result in extra tissue encroaching on the upper eyelids, resulting in skin covering the eyelashes and creating lateral hooding of the upper eyelid. Patients may also have weakness in one of the muscles that elevates the eyelid, called ptosis. These changes can create a cosmetic problem and in some cases actually impair a patient’s vision and ability to enjoy their daily activities.

Dr. Blandford says issues of this nature need to be identified prior to surgery through a thorough examination. Following just such an examination of Alice, Dr. Blandford concluded that Alice needed to undergo two procedures on each eye to correct the issue affecting her vision.

The first is called an upper blepharoplasty, or eyelid lift, which is designed to remove excess skin and/or fatty tissue from the eyelid. The second is called ptosis surgery, which involves repairing or tightening the muscle that is responsible for lifting the eyelid.

Dr. Blandford performed these procedures while Alice was under intravenous sedation, which allowed her to be awake and breathing but relaxed during the process. The combined surgeries took about 45 minutes to complete and both were performed through one incision in the skin of the eyelid.

Alice Arcand had upper eyelid surgery at the Center for Advanced Eye Care and came away extremely pleased.

Alice had a hand in helping man reach the moon

“Everybody is a little different, but if the patient doesn’t have significant extra eyelid skin and a ptosis is the primary problem, we also have the option of tightening the muscle from the inside of the eyelid without an external incision,” Dr. Blandford notes. “Either way, every patient has a customized plan in terms of their surgery.”

“The Whole Package”

Alice had her upper blepharoplasties and ptosis surgeries last October. Prior to the surgeries, Dr. Blandford went through every step of both procedures he would eventually perform, and he was mindful of her well-being during the course of each procedure as well.

“He was very attentive and kept asking me, Are you okay? Are you okay?” Alice reports. “That helped to put me more at ease. He also called me the weekend after my surgery from Chicago, where he was attending a conference, to check on me. He’s so kind and so professional. He’s the whole package as far as I’m concerned.

“The work he does is exceptional. I even got a little cosmetic bonus out of it. That’s not the reason I had it done, but by removing that excess skin and tightening up my eyelids, my eyes look a lot better. There’s definitely a difference in the way I look, which I really like. And of course, I can see a lot better now and have a more rested appearance.

“That is what I was most concerned with. That’s why I decided to have the surgery in the first place, and immediately after the swelling went down, my eyes were open more and more light was coming in, and my vision all around was much, much better. Dr. Blandford did a great job, and I recommend him to anyone!”

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