I recently visited a friend who was watching the movie Stand and Deliver, one of the prototypical inner city schoolteacher movies. It reminded me of one of my first patients, a schoolteacher trying to make a difference in the lives of struggling urban youth. Although the patient was tall, eloquent, and otherwise commanding in his presence, he had developed drooping upper eyelids. When I first met him, I could hear the frustration in his voice as he described how his students did not respect him because they always thought he was asleep. At a follow-up appointment, several months after a simple procedure to lift his lids, he elatedly told me how his relationships with his students had blossomed as if a curtain had been lifted.
This goes to show, that our personal relationships are often heavily influenced by what we look like and our facial expressions. The eyes, in particular, convey emotions, alertness, and interest. When someone develops drooping upper lids, the eyes can mistakenly convey disinterest or fatigue. Fortunately, there are simple procedures that can be performed to raise the lids.
If you suffer from drooping eyelids and would like to discuss your options to restore a refreshed, healthy appearance, please contact us to set up a consultation.
Dr. Jerry Lai, MD General Ophthalmologist and Oculoplastic Surgeon