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The eyes have it.
See better. Look younger.
Whether they’re affecting how well you can see, or you just don’t like the way they make you look, your eyelids can hold the key to better vision and a more youthful appearance.
Dr. Sarah Kim, a specialist in oculoplastics—cosmetic and functional eyelid surgery—at Ocala Eye, says patients come to her for any number of reasons, often age related.
Some complain that their drooping eyelids interfere with their golf game or make reading more difficult. Some say their sagging upper lids impair their peripheral vision, making them feel less safe while driving or walking.
Many, she says, just want to refresh their appearance and feel better about themselves without more invasive and costly plastic surgery.
All are good reasons, according to Dr. Kim, and regardless of gender or age, she’s passionate about improving her patients’ quality of life and vision through eyelid repair or reconstruction.
Dr. Kim distinguishes between functional eyelid surgery, which improves peripheral vision and may qualify for health insurance coverage, and cosmetic procedures, which are generally elective. She notes that both can dramatically improve appearance.
Blepharoplasty, the most common eyelid procedure, removes excess skin and fat around the eyes so they no longer interfere with the field of vision and the face appears fresher and more youthful.
Ptosis repair, another common procedure in her practice, corrects heavy, drooping upper eyelids so the pupil is not obstructed and the eye appears more awake. Eyelid surgery can also be performed to remove cancers around the eye and in restoration and reconstruction procedures.
Dr. Kim says patients often see results immediately or very soon following the procedures, all of which are done on an outpatient basis and involve minimal discomfort and a generally rapid recovery.
“Operating on the lids is really an art form,” says Dr. Kim. “It’s truly the greatest privilege to be able to make a meaningful difference for someone by doing what I absolutely love.”
Dr. Kim welcomes anyone to visit her for a complete lid exam at either the Heath Brook office in Ocala or The Villages location to discuss their concerns and consider a plan of action.
Offices in Ocala, Dunnellon and The Villages