In the United States, there are more than 100,000 Asian-American eyelid surgeries per year.
The majority of those surgeries are performed in Asia, with the Asian community seeing more than double the number of procedures in this area in the past five years.
In 2014, Asian-Americans had surgery to treat eye conditions such as keratoconus, cataracts and cataract surgery, according to the Asian American Association of Greater Houston.
But the American Society of Plastic Surgeons reports that Asian Americans were also more likely than whites to undergo surgery to replace their eyelid.
More: Asian-Pacific Islander women account for 3.3 percent of the Asian population, but account for nearly 25 percent of all eyelid replacement surgeries.
This could be due to their higher prevalence of the condition.
According to the Society of Asian Cosmetic Surgeons, eyelid eyelid disorders are one of the most common eyelid conditions, accounting for an estimated 4.7 million eyelid procedures per year in the U.S. The surgeries are usually done in a doctor’s office.
“They’re used for surgery to get rid of cataractic or macular laminar defects, catalanid cataractions, and they’re used to repair tear ducts, tear film, tear duct swelling, and other eyelid deformities,” said Dr. Michelle Chen, director of the Division of Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Hospital.
For some Asian-born Asian Americans, the surgery is an option for facial rejuvenation, while others opt to have a permanent eyelid repair.
“The cosmetic surgeons here are very concerned about the increased number of Asian-African Americans being at high risk of developing keratitis,” Chen said.
The surgery has been associated with increased risk for the disease and complications.
Chen said surgery for eyelid keratosis may increase the risk of infection, scarring, and even the possibility of blindness, as a result of the damage done to the eyelid and the inflammation surrounding it.
“You may be able to see a bit more light through the eyes,” she said.
“You may not be able see the world.”
Chen has seen Asian-descended patients in the hospital after having surgery, and said the surgery can cause a variety of problems, including increased infection rates and scarring of the cornea.
In recent years, the number and prevalence of eyelid lacerations has been increasing in Asian communities.
The Association of American Geographers says that there were about 8,600 eyelid injuries in the United Kingdom in 2015.
According to a 2016 report, the rate of eyelids laceration has increased in every age group since 1999.
“We know that there are many, many Asian American men that have had surgery for keratotrophic keratoma and this surgery is associated with a significant increase in the rate and prevalence,” Chen explained.
In an attempt to better understand the impact of the surgery on Asian-America women, Dr. Doreen Kwan, an assistant professor at Duke University’s School of Medicine, conducted a study in which she looked at how Asian-Asian American women in the New York City area are impacted by the surgery.
The results, which were published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, revealed that Asian-origin women are significantly more likely, at about a third, to have undergone eyelid laser surgery.
This is the first time that an analysis of Asian American women has examined the extent to which the surgery affects the women in general, Kwan said.
She found that Asian American eyelid surgeons were at higher risk for eyelash ulceration and had more than twice the rate, if any, of tears than white eyelid doctors.
Kwan said she found the results of the study interesting because it highlights how the surgery has a profound impact on Asian American communities.
“If they’re not going to get it right, it may have been very traumatic,” she explained.