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WPXI-TV: New Twist On Old Eye Surgery Gives Patients A Lift

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010

PITTSBURGH -- There is a saying that the eyes are the gateway into the soul, but for many, droopy eyelids get in the way.

A doctor at Allegheny General Hospital is pioneering a new procedure that tightens up eyelids with less bruising and swelling from traditional surgery.

For years Diane Morrison, of Bethel Park, lived with what she called “old lady's droopy eyes.”

In fact, her lids sagged so much they actually impaired her vision.

She makes rosaries to give to the sick, but was having a lot of trouble doing her handiwork because of her drooping eyelids.

Morrison said, “The eyelid was covering part of my pupil. That was affecting my vision. The side vision in my one eye, I was seeing a film.”

She went to Dr. Eric Happ, an eye doctor at AGH, who recommended blepharoplasty. That is a surgical procedure to remove skin from the upper eyelid.

Happ said, “The main reason to do it is for patients who have developed too much skin and fat in the upper eyelids. Over time the skin and fat cause a process where lids become droopy and obstruct a person's superior vision.”

Happ said most patients don’t even realize how much their vision is impaired until after they have the surgery.

He said, “They have an aha moment and say I didn’t realize how much I was missing. The world becomes a little bit brighter, a little bit clearer.”

Traditional blepharoplasty is done with a scalpel, which can cause significant swelling and bruising, but Happ is pioneering a new way to perform the procedure.

He uses a laser, which cauterizes as it cuts, keeping bleeding to a minimum and shortening recovery time from weeks to days.

To read more, visit the WPXI website.

 

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