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Are Asymmetrical Eyes Normal?

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Asymmetrical eyes are when your eyes have an uneven appearance. For some, this can appear as one eye lower than the other. For others, it can be in the placement of the eyelid, causing the eyes to not look symmetrical. Although asymmetrical eyes are not an immediate cause for concern, many wonder if they are normal. For more information on the causes of uneven eyes and uneven eye surgery, contact Taban MD today.

How Many People Have Asymmetrical Eyes?

The reality is that very few people have perfectly symmetrical eyes. It is completely normal if your eyes are uneven. However, the unevenness can show up in a more severe way on some, which causes insecurity. In fact, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons reported that eyelid surgery placed in the top 5 of the most popular cosmetic procedures in 2018. Out of the 18 million people who underwent both invasive and non-invasive procedures, 206,529 were eyelid surgeries.

Causes of Uneven Eyes

Understanding the causes of uneven eyes can help you have a better understanding of why this phenomenon occurs and what solutions are available to have it fixed.

  1. Trauma (Enophthalmos)- The first cause is from trauma, which is professionally referred to as Enophthalmos. According to Healthline, Enophthalmos is the posterior displacement of the eye that causes changes to space behind the eye. This displacement causes the eye to sink, which creates an asymmetrical look. If you have sustained any injuries to your eyes, it is important to see a doctor immediately since this sinking cause be gradual or overnight.
  2. Droopy Eyelid (Ptosis)- The second cause of asymmetrical eyes is from a condition that can be present as early as birth, and that is ptosis. This is a result of a stretched or detached levator muscle, which is responsible for holding up the eyelid. Ptosis causes an asymmetrical look by making one eye look lower than the other. Get in touch with Dr. Taban to learn about droopy eyelid surgery.
  3. Bulging Eyes (Proptosis)- The third common cause of eye asymmetry is proptosis, which is the bulging of the eye(s). This protruding is the result of swelling tissue around the eye, which pushes the eyeball forward. Proptosis does not necessarily indicate a health concern, but it could be the result of an infection or a tumor. Make sure to have it checked out by a professional before writing it off.

Causes of uneven eyes may also be tied to other factors, like brow shape. If you have been noticing the asymmetry of your eyes and would like to discuss it with a cosmetic professional, contact Taban MD today.

When Asymmetry is Abnormal

While common asymmetry of your eyes can be completely normal, there are a few things to look out for that indicate it is abnormal. First, you should seek help from a professional if your asymmetry dramatically appears overnight. This could indicate that there has been a serious injury or change in your body that is not normal.

Second, asymmetry is abnormal when it is accompanied by new or increased pain.

Third, make sure to schedule an appointment with a cosmetic surgeon in Los Angeles if your asymmetrical eyes are resulting in damaged or blurred vision.

Lastly, asymmetrical eyes are abnormal when paired with a high fever or strong pulsing.

Although asymmetrical eyes are extremely common and rarely cause for concern, they can cause insecurity. If you have always felt your eyes are asymmetrical or have recently noticed a change, then it may be time to discuss uneven eye treatment. With a state of the art facility, incredible staff, and years of experience, Taban MD will help you achieve a symmetrical look you will love.