Loose, sagging skin is part of the aging process. As we get older, excess skin and fat can accumulate around the eye area, causing the eyelids to appear puffy, drooped or wrinkled. This can look unsightly and make the eyes look tired and haggard.
Drooping eyelids do not just affect your appearance; they can affect your vision as well. Extra skin that hangs over the eyelids can actually obstruct vision and affect driving, reading, and peripheral viewing area. An upper eyelid or lower eyelid revision known as blepharoplasty can remove excess tissue to improve vision and restore a more youthful and refreshed look to the eyes.
Blepharoplasty may be right for you if you experience:
- Difficulty lifting your upper eyelid
- A limited field of vision because of sagging upper lids
- Limited peripheral vision because of excess skin on the outer part of the eye
- Droopy lower eyelids that show the white under the iris (colored part of the eye)
Insurance coverage for blepharoplasty will vary depending on how much the drooping eyelid or eyelids impair your vision. Procedures that are performed only to improve appearance will probably not be covered by insurance. However, blepharoplasty for medical reasons will always improve the eye’s contour, shape and appearance.
If you are experiencing a limited visual field due to excessive skin on the upper or lower eyelid, talk to your ophthalmologist about blepharoplasty and eyelid revision procedures. The surgery is done on an outpatient basis, and it carries little risk. One outpatient procedure could help improve your vision and help you resume the activities you enjoy.