What are webbed eyes? Amanda Bynes refers to them as a ‘traumatic’ birth defect

Amanda Bynes is struggling with an eating disorder, announces it on Twitter.

Listen up, kids! Amanda Bynes is back with another inspiring message: “There’s a surgery for everything that’s wrong with you!”

In her latest in a series of Twitter rants, Amanda talked about webbing between her eyes, a “traumatic” birth defect that “embarrassed” her for 27 years before she got plastic surgery and became “a hero” for willingly talking about it.

In a broken-up series of nine messages, Amanda shared her tale of woe:

I was born with a webbing in between my eyes. That was a birth defect that I had surgically removed! I’ve never been more excited! Now I need a few more surgeries to shave the bridge down to correct the rest of my nose so I can start the next chapter of my career! Music! I consider myself to be a hero to have suffered 27 years with a birth defect and to just now have it surgically removed! I had to share my story with you so the media would stop using old photos of me and stop writing lies about me having odd behavior when I was just embarrassed to share the fact that I had a birth defect. As soon as I had it removed I couldn’t wait to talk about it! I’m having my next surgery on Saturday! My doctors are heroes who also correct kids who have cleft lip – something as traumatic as webbing in between your eyes! I wanted to share my story with you to prove that I’m not crazy, I was just embarrassed. Surgery is a complete miracle for me – nothing can hold you back from living out your dreams. There’s a surgery for everything that’s wrong with you! (Emphasis is added.)

Although it’s great Amanda has some newfound confidence, it does seem like she’s blowing the “birth defect” a bit out of proportion. Comparing it to cleft lips, a condition that may result in hearing loss, dental problems and speech impairments, insulted many on Twitter. And calling herself a “hero” for willingly sharing her story also seemed delusional.

But, before rushing to judgment, let’s take a moment to consider whether there is any merit to Amanda’s claims…

It took a bit of digging to find medical references to webbing between the eyes. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, it is a cosmetic condition that rarely lends to obstructed vision. Webbing between the eyes, which has no single medical name, can be fixed with eyelid surgery, or “blepharoplasty.” (It’s unclear whether Amanda actually had or plans to have blepharoplasty. She has only directly talked about a nose job. Rhinoplasty could fix her webbing problem, but is primarily used to change the shape of the nose… Our bet is that she found a plastic surgeon who’s all too willing to take her money.)

What are webbed eyes?

^^From Moderno Salon

“A blepharoplasty procedure is usually performed on adult men and women who have healthy facial tissue and muscles and have realistic goals for improvement of the upper and/or lower eyelids and surrounding area. You should undergo blepharoplasty surgery for yourself, not to fulfill someone else’s desires or to try to fit any sort of ideal image.”

Blepharoplasty is generally done to remove bags beneath the eye, but also treats fine wrinkles and drooping.  According to Moderno Salon, “Asian blepharoplasty” is the most popular cosmetic procedure in China, East and South Asia. Many people choose to have the operation in an attempt to Westernize the appearance of their eyes.

In terms of Amanda’s claims, it’s apparent that webbed eyes caused her some annoyance. However, referring to her experiences as “brave” proves to be a stretch.

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  • christee

    Alright, she’s officially added to the list of pendejos who need their asses beat. She had hooded eyelids is all it looks like. So do a lot of other actresses who aren’t batshit insane, or comparing things they perceive as flaws to actual defects. I’d say she should be ashamed, but doubt she has the capacity for it.

  • http://www.theaccidentalwallflower.com/ Lindsey

    Sooooo, what does a nose job do for this webbing? She’s mentioned it before and got a nose job to fix it. I figured it was something to do with the space in between her eyes, not the eyelids. Bitch be crazy.

    • Amber

      Pretty sure she is talking about the extra skin between her nose and eyes, which you have to see a very close up picture to notice… I think the reporter is a bit confused

  • Mik

    Wow, I have “this birth defect”. I didn’t even know until I (sadly) read this article Western society is so sickening with its vanity.

    • Emmie Wheeler

      No, Amanda is just nuts and paranoid

  • Cazz

    Shame on you for using an old photo of her to add to her trauma! Hahaha…. 😉

  • Lola

    Thank you for posting this! I tried googling “webbing between eyes” a few months ago when she started talking about it, and I couldn’t find much info at all.

  • Dani

    If the birth defect isn’t keeping you from being able to preform every day tasks, I see no reason in needing to fix it.

    • Deluded Amanda

      The thing though is that it isn’t even a defect and she’s using that as an excuse (maybe that is what you mean), because it’s a genetic variant like hair color or nose structure.

  • Dani1980

    Um. What? I’ve heard of webbed toes, but webbed EYES? Pretty sure that isn’t a defect. Maybe if your eyes were webbed shut…. I think its really odd that she is calling everyone ugly, when she is claiming to have defects on her face.

  • Jenny

    I too have the “webbing between the eyes” (and yes the reporter is completely confused.. webbing has nothing to do with hooded eyes. It’s the crease area in the inner corners of the eye). I have never, ever considered this a “birth defect,” but a beautiful feature. In fact, most Asian people have this and I consider it an beautiful, exotic feature if anything. I think Amanda has some very serious body dysmorphic issues going on. Her eyes were beautiful with the “webbing.” Clearly there are much deeper issues going on beneath her exterior. I find it incredibly sad.

  • Jenna

    I’m finding it incredibly surreal to A) find out that apparently something random about my own appearance is a ‘thing’ (I just figured I had, somewhere a way back, a family member who took a look at someone from one of the myriad of eastern places and went “Yum, yes please” and added a bit of a tilt to my eyes), B) that apparently I share this ‘thing’ with nutter AB, and C) that this shared ‘thing’ is, in any way on any level, a birth defect. My Friday… is officially weird enough to start drinking. Cool.

  • Epictoast

    My doctors are heroes who also correct kids who have cleft lip – something as traumatic as webbing in between your eyes!” – um, how about no. My son has a cleft lip and palate… All I will say.

  • examplesample

    This just proves that most cosmetic surgeons are scam artists who prey on the mentally ill. Why would any “doctor” lie to her about “webbing” and take her money to slice up her perfectly fine face?? CROOKS!

  • deaner23

    I’m positive Amanda, that having a cleft palate and having webbed eyes aren’t the same ‘trauma’. My cousin was born with a cleft palate and had major surgeries until he was 15…the last one took bone from his hip to place in the roof of his mouth AND braces on his teeth for almost five years. It used to take my aunt hours fo feed hm when he was a baby because she had to use an eye dropper so he didn’t choke. This bitch is tiring and can’t get any work because she’s a drug addict. Go to rehab.

  • dianne

    Only a coward calls themselves a hero.

    Even Julianna Wetmore doesn’t call herself a hero.

  • dianne

    Only a coward calls themselves a hero.

    Even Julianna Wetmore doesn’t call herself a hero and she never goes about soliciting sympathy.