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The blepharoplasty addresses droopy eye lids

Have you been told you’re looking more tired lately? Do your eyelids droop down making you take more naps during the day? Do you feel like you’re looking older due to your eyelids drooping? It may be time for an eyelid lift or Blepharoplasty!

How can you tell when it’s time to have it done? If you have your lids lifted too early, it may make it hard for your eyelids to close. This can lead to a bunch of new problems with dry eyes.

Another important question, will your insurance even cover it? Depends. Of course, it depends on your type of insurance, but it also depends on how much your lids are blocking your vision. To have it qualify medically, your vision will need to be obstructed.

Good news, we can test for that! If your doctor evaluates you and decides you could be a good candidate for lid surgery (and of course you want it), we can set you up for additional lid testing. We will start by doing some measurements of how your eyelids sit naturally, as well as see how much you can move them yourself. Second, we will test your peripheral vision. You will need to look into a visual field machine one eye at a time and click a button when you see lights flash in the periphery. We will have you do this one time with your eyelids in their natural position, and then repeat with them taped up and out of the way. If there is a significant enough change, you may qualify. This testing is not part of a routine eye exam.

It may not even just be your eyelids that are causing the droopy look. It may be that your entire brow needs an uplift. The testing for this is included as I mentioned above. Your surgeon will go over your options and guide you in making a decision.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to call our office.

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