Frequently Asked Questions
Why should you choose Dr. Victor for your eyelid surgery?
Dr. Victor is a board certified, fellowship trained oculoplastic surgeon with over 35 years of experience in eyelid plastic surgery. As a medical eye doctor and eyelid surgeon, he has completed additional training in plastic surgery as it relates to the eyes and surrounding structures. The skin around the eye is very sensitive and requires a specially trained surgeon in order to achieve a natural and symmetric look. Dr. Victor often handles difficult eyelid cases referred by other eye physicians. Dr. Victor is hands on with every step of the surgical process; from the initial consultation, to the pre-operative appointment, to the surgery itself, and finally the suture removal.
How do I know if I am a candidate for eyelid surgery?
In order to determine if you are a candidate for eyelid surgery, Dr. Victor will perform an examination and make a diagnosis of your condition. He will then discuss with you the risks, benefits, and impact that surgery would have on your appearance and/or vision. A visual field screening may also be done in the office to determine the amount of vision that is blocked by droopy eyelids.
How long is the recovery period after eyelid surgery?
The recovery period is generally less than a week. Stitches are removed 5 - 7 days after surgery. Within a week after the surgery, the majority of swelling and bruising has subsided. Ice packs or frozen bags of peas work well to reduce swelling and bruising.
What type of post surgery care is required?
Depending on the type of eyelid surgery you are having, you may be required to sleep with shields (provided for you) over your eyes for 10 nights to avoid any damage to the suture area while you are sleeping. You may also be given a prescription for an antibiotic ointment to be gently put on the suture area for five nights after surgery.
Can I drive myself home after surgery?
A patient should not drive home after a procedure because of the medication given during surgery for comfort. Patients can drive the following day if desired.
Does Dr. Victor operate on both eyes at the same time?
In most cases, both eyes would be operated on at the same time, if the condition being treated affects both eyes.
Will my surgery be covered by insurance?
Insurance coverage of the surgical procedure depends on the diagnosis, the severity of the condition and whether or not the procedure is a covered benefit under your insurance plan. In many instances, if vision is being impaired by a droopy eyelid, for example, insurance will cover the procedure. A simple visual field test is performed in the office to determine the amount of vision blocked by the eyelid condition.
How long will the procedure take?
The surgical procedure time varies with the type of oculoplastic procedure being performed. Typically, most procedures last between 45 minutes to 1 hour.
Where will the procedure be performed?
Surgery is performed at Boswell Eye Institute, an outpatient surgical center located near the Victor Eyecare office.
If droopy eyelids are blocking your vision, or you are experiencing any of the symptoms discussed under the Eyelid Conditions, please call our office at 623-977-9000 and schedule your personal consultation with Dr. Victor.