Gulf Coast Eye Care

Cataract Surgery in Tampa, FL

Gulfcoast Eye Care is committed to improving vision and eye health for patients in the Pinellas Park and Palm Harbor areas. Our board certified cataract surgeon, Dr. Michael Manning, specializes in diagnosing and treating cataracts and he is highly experienced in advanced cataract surgery techniques.

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Eyelid Procedures & Aesthetics

Treatments in Tampa, FL


Expert Eyelid Surgery and Treatments at Gulfcoast Eye Care

At Gulfcoast Eye Care , you can rely on the experience of our doctors to provide you with top-notch eyelid procedures by smoothing wrinkles, restoring your youthful look, and giving you what you need to feel your best. We can eliminate eye bags with a targeted blepharoplasty, or help you find relief by correcting ectropion and entropion eyelid issues. Discover the full range of eyelid and aesthetic treatments available from our team of experts—book your consultation today.


Facial Spasms, Volume Loss, Wrinkles, and Fine Lines

Our doctors have advanced expertise in confronting and restoring aging skin, including facial spasms, volume loss, wrinkles, and fine lines. Whether your skin has lost some of its original luster by aging naturally, sun exposure, trauma, or other causes, we have the means to help you look youthful and restore your innate glow. Dr. Chelsey Knapper can also treat skin cancers that affect the eyelid.


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Schedule your appointment today and receive a thorough assessment of the tissue around your eyes, and our team will work with you to develop a safe, effective eyelid treatment plan for smoother, younger-looking skin.


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Droopy or Heavy Upper Eyelids

Caused by conditions called ptosis or dermatochalasis, droopy or heavy eyelids occur because the muscle that lifts your eyelid is not working as it should, and if your lids sag enough they can obscure your upper field of vision. This can occur due to factors like aging, neurological conditions, and genetics.

Our team has a few tools to fix the “droop” through eyelid procedures like upper eyelid blepharoplasty, direct brow ptosis repair, and external levator advancement. This highly specialized procedure is designed to correct droopy or heavy upper eyelids, blending top-notch surgical skill with an aesthetic touch. Our ophthalmologists are highly regarded for their precision and expertise in eyelid procedures — we employ state-of-the-art techniques to refine and elevate your eyelids, giving you a more youthful, alert appearance.


Lower Eyelid Bags

Swelling or puffiness under the eyes, a common sign of aging or genetics, occurs when surrounding tissues weaken and fat deposits appear. Fat is not all bad; it protects the eyeball and can provide a full and youthful appearance. The trick is striking a balance between looking heavy and looking hollow. Dr. Knapper can help to improve the “bag” appearance, leaving you looking refreshed and well-rested.


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Other Conditions

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Lid Malpositions: Redness, Tearing, and Irritating Lashes

The eyelid should rest comfortably against the eyeball. When the eyelid is in proper position, the eyeball is protected, nourished, and functions appropriately. Facial trauma, medical diseases, genetics, and aging can all lead to lid malpositions, causing a person to experience a redness, tearing, or irritation from misdirected lashes.

Lid malpositions lead to conditions like ectropion (the eyelid turns outward) and entropion (eyelid turns inward), which may be caused by conditions like scarring, trauma, or other surgeries. Dr. Knapper can help you to better understand the problem and your treatment options. We will address your immediate symptoms, restore the proper structure and function of your eyelids, and give you the kind of top-notch cosmetic care you deserve.

Eyelid Bumps

Eyelid Bumps

Gulfcoast Eye Care’s doctors excel in treating eyelid bumps, using advanced surgery techniques and technology to remove chalazia or styes with minimal discomfort and recovery time. Whether the bump (or spot) on your eyelid is new or has been bothering you for years, Dr. Knapper can help identify what it is and the treatment it requires.

Some bumps are benign and harmless, while others need immediate attention — it is impossible to tell which without an in-person assessment. We will help you to choose the best course of action to ensure a smooth, natural eyelid appearance, enhancing both the health and beauty of your eyes.


Meet Dr. Chelsey Knapper

Dr. Chelsey Knapper is a highly skilled oculofacial plastic surgeon. She began her academic journey at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where she completed her Bachelor of Science in Biology, as well as minors in Biochemistry and Dance. Her passion for medicine led her to Liberty University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Lynchburg, Virginia, where she was awarded her Doctorate of Osteopathic Medicine.

Outside the confines of outpatient medical practice, Dr. Knapper is committed to using her professional knowledge to help the underserved both locally and internationally. She has traveled on mission teams to Mexico and Mozambique, and was part of a mission-oriented ophthalmology effort in Cusco, Peru. She loves to play tennis, and is an avid marathon runner, having participated in numerous races, including the Boston Marathon.


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