What is Blepharoplasty?
Blepharoplasty (pronounced blef’-a-ro-plas-tee) is a type of plastic surgery that Dr. Croley at Central Florida Eye Institute in Ocala, FL can perform on the upper or lower eyelids to remove excessive skin and fat from around the eyes. Sagging brows or eyelids may be correct at the same time.
What is the purpose of eyelid surgery done?
Blepharoplasty is done to improve visual function and/or cosmetic appearance. Excessive upper eyelid tissue can block the upper part of the field of vision. This can be determined by lifting the upper lids with your fingers to see if your upper visual field improves or brightens. A formal computerized visual field test may be helpful in this situation. The weight of the excessive tissue may cause brow ache and fatigue, eyelid infections (blepharitis) and chronic dry eye. Occasionally, the excess skin can cause lashes to turn in and irritate the eye & cause infection.
Will my insurance cover this procedure?
If your eyelids are interfering with your vision and affecting your daily activities; driving, reading, etc. then your insurance will most likely cover this procedure. Pre-operative testing is always done and reviewed with your insurance company before the procedure is performed.
An excessive number of wrinkled skin folds above the eyes can produce a sagging, tired look which detracts from ones general appearance. In this situation, blepharoplasty may be considered for cosmetic reasons even thought vision is not affected. Cosmetic eyelid surgery is one of the most common plastic surgeries performed by ophthalmologists. Cosmetic procedures are not covered by insurance.
Because blepharoplasty can affect the function and lubrication of the eye, a consultation with Dr. Croley in Ocala is important. Although other surgeons may perform blepharoplasty, an ophthalmologist is the only surgeon trained specifically to treat the eye and perform eyelid surgery. Therefore, he is uniquely qualified to help you decide whether you should consider this procedure.