Since I was born, I have had “single eyelids.” That’s what Asian cultures often call them. I’m not sure of the scientific name, although they might be called epicanthal folds. My parents have always told me that having “double eyelids” looks better and that most Westerners (Caucasians) have double eyelids. Asians prefer the double eyelid so much that there’s even a cosmetic procedure to get double eyelids (my eyes are like the “before” pictures)! And yet, most Westerners I know don’t see or notice a difference. I think the obsession is completely an Asian thing. Here is someone who has also dealt with family/cultural pressure because of having single eyelids.
As a child, I would sometimes wake up with double eyelids on one or both of my eyes, but they would go away after a few minutes. Whenever I was sick or exceedingly tired, I would get double eyelids as well. For about a year during college, I had one single eyelid and one double eyelid. I thought the double eyelid would never go away.
My dad has had double eyelids his whole life. My mom, on the other hand, had single eyelids until she turned 25 and then gradually got double eyelids naturally. The double/single eyelids seem to be genetic (maybe). Over the last few years, I’ve noticed that my brother has been gradually getting his double eyelids. Just this week, I noticed that I am getting them now too, probably because I reached the magic age of 25 about a month ago.
Personally, I liked my eyelids the way they were. Every time I would get the temporary double eyelids as a kid, I would hate them. I thought they looked hideous on me, but my parents were thrilled and wished they’d stay forever. My parents foretold that I would eventually get them permanently. Now it’s finally happening.
The gradual (and inevitable) change in my eyelids is easier to take than when I was a kid and got “full blown” double eyelids instantly. I still think they’re going to look really weird on me, but there’s no surgery (that I know of) to change double eyelids to single ones (since everyone wants the other way around). What would bother me more is if people think I had surgery to get double eyelids, as I’m one of the “lucky” few who grow into them without surgery.