Eyelid Surgery Specialist

Steven L. Cahan, M.D. -  - General Ophthalmology

Steven L. Cahan, M.D.

General Ophthalmology located in Asheville, NC

Drooping eyelids can impair your vision and cause discomfort if the loose skin turns in or out. Dr. Steven L. Cahan performs eyelid surgery to remove excess skin, restore your vision, reduce discomfort, and improve your appearance at his practice in Asheville, North Carolina. Drooping eyelids are a common side effect of decreased collagen levels in your skin as you get older. If your lax eyelids are disrupting your vision or causing discomfort, call or make an appointment online today.

Eyelid Surgery Q & A

What is eyelid surgery?

Eyelid surgery — also known as blepharoplasty — is a relatively quick and painless procedure to remove excess skin from your eyelids and around your eyes. The procedure is usually an outpatient procedure that improves your vision and appearance.

What conditions does eyelid surgery correct?

Dr. Cahan uses eyelid surgery to remove excess skin that blocks your vision as well as repair the appearance of droopy eyelids or eyelids that turn inward or outward.


Ptosis is a condition where your eyelids become loose and droop, covering your eye. It can interfere with your central or peripheral vision, depending on where the excess skin is located. You may be born with ptosis or it may develop as you get older or develop after certain eye surgeries.

Excess eyelid skin

The skin that surrounds your eyes and forms your eyelids is very thin and easily stretched or damaged. This causes bags to form under your eyes as well as laxity in your upper and lower eyelids. Dr. Cahan can remove the excess skin to create a more youthful appearance.


Ectropion is a condition where your drooping lower eyelid begins to turn outward. It causes eye dryness, redness, excessive tearing, and sensitivity to light or wind. Ectropion is caused by aging as well as eyelid burns or skin diseases.


Entropion is a condition where your drooping lower eyelid turns in on itself. It’s most often caused by aging, although eye infections and scarring on your lower eyelid also increase your risk. Entropion causes your eyelashes to rub against your eye, causing irritation. You can also experience eye dryness, redness, and sensitivity to light and wind. If left untreated, entropion could lead to infection of the cornea.

What happens during eyelid surgery?

Dr. Cahan usually performs eyelid surgery as an outpatient procedure using a local anesthetic. He checks your vision and takes photos of your eyes before starting the procedure.

He carefully trims away excess skin and uses small stitches in the creases of your eyelid to close the incisions. When he treats lower eyelids, he puts the stitches inside of the eyelid to reduce scarring.

Call or schedule a consultation online today to find out if eyelid surgery is right for you.