Eyelid Revision Procedures Can Be Medically Necessary

Do you have elephant eyes? Sagging skin around the eyes can make you look older, tired and sad. As we age, our skin loses elasticity and tissue can accumulate around the eyes. The results are puffy upper eyelids, drooping lower eyelids and wrinkles.

Even though excess fat and skin around the eyes detracts from your appearance, there is another problem that is much more significant. Too much skin around the eyes can actually impair your vision, especially when it is on the upper eyelid. Sagging tissue can hang over the eye and prevent you from fully opening your eye. In other cases, drooping skin can limit peripheral vision and narrow your depth of field. This can make daily activities like driving, walking, house cleaning, and reading very difficult and even dangerous.

A procedure called blepharoplasty can help restore your vision and bring a more youthful and rested appearance to your eyes. Blepharoplasty is a type of eyelid reconstruction that removes excess tissue from the upper eyelid or bags from the lower lid. It is an outpatient procedure that can be done in an eye surgery center or hospital, and it takes only 1-2 hours under local anesthetic.

During the surgery, your surgeon will make an incision along the upper or lower eyelid (or both) and remove excess skin, muscle and fat from around the eye(s). After a short recovery period, you can go home with specific instructions on how to care for the wound. After the eye has healed, you should notice a significant difference in visual field and peripheral vision. Blepharoplasty is sometimes covered by insurance, depending on how much of your vision is obstructed by excess skin and tissue.

If your vision is being affected by a drooping eyelid or additional skin around the eyes, talk to your ophthalmologist at your next comprehensive eye exam.