Is There Treatment for Droopy Eyelids?

It happens to the best of us. One day, we’re looking in the mirror, and we notice sagging skin on the upper eyelid that’s drooping down toward the eye. It’s just one of the exciting skin changes we can look forward to with aging, yet it may become more of a problem to some people based on your skin and facial structure. If you notice this problem and are concerned about it, let’s talk about your options.

Treatment for Droopy Eyelids

If your eyelids have been drooping or you have bags under your eyes, there is a treatment available to you. Your eye doctor is able to use a cutting-edge device that is normally used for glaucoma, known as a Humphrey 850 visual field, to check whether your drooping eyelids are a problem. This machine can measure how much the eyelid is in the way of your field of vision. If your vision is compromised, a plastic surgeon can fix the drooping eyelid, giving great results for both the way you see the world and the way you see yourself in the mirror. This is a safe, reliable technique performed by qualified medical professionals. The main potential risk is that the doctor could remove too much skin, preventing the eyes from closing fully, but that is a very low risk.

Does Insurance Cover This Treatment?

While you have to pay for most treatments that improve your looks with your own money, this one can be covered by insurance in many cases. That’s because the drooping eyelid skin can interfere with your line of sight. An eye doctor is able to test whether your vision is restricted and whether pulling the lid away would improve the visual field. If so, medical insurance should cover the procedure to the extent indicated by your plan. If by chance you’re not covered by medical insurance and want to have the procedure done for cosmetic purposes, it would cost you about $3,000 to $4,000 for the upper lids. You also have the option to improve your look by having the doctor fix undereye bags, which costs about the same as fixing the drooping eyelids.

If your drooping eyelids are bothering you, ask your eye doctor to test whether they’re blocking your field of vision during your next routine eye exam.

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Why getting regular eye exams is so important

Your eyes are your window to the world, so you want to do everything you can to protect them, right? One of the most important things you can do is to schedule and keep that yearly eye exam. Consider four reasons annual eye exams matter.

1. Eye exams help you succeed in the world.

An annual eye exam is the only way to ensure you are seeing everything clearly. Those numbers at work can melt together when your eyes are not focusing right and that leads to mistakes, for example. If you are wondering why your eyes get tired or you get headaches each day, maybe your vision is to blame.

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2. Glaucoma

Glaucoma is the leading cause of blindness in the U.S, and there are over 60 million people in the world that have it. It is also a silent disease, so about half of those people don’t know until it’s too late.

An annual eye exam is the only way to determine if you have glaucoma. The test is a staple part of having your eyes checked, and, like all eye diseases, the sooner you know you have it, the sooner you can start treating it.

3. An annual eye exam can be the first sign you have of other health concerns, too.

Often conditions like high blood pressure, diabetes and high cholesterol are first suspected by the eye doctor. Not only are your eyes your window to the world, but they are also the window to your health.

4. Because it’s painless.

This isn’t like that trip to the dentist you’ve been putting off. Going the to the eye doctor is a painless, fast and the most stress-free annual checkup on your todo list. The tests take just minutes. You can expect tests such as:

  • Glaucoma test
  • Eye muscle test
  • Visual acuity test
  • Retinal exam

Each one tells an important story about how your eyes are functioning and whether they are healthy. When the testing is done, your prescription can be fine-tuned if necessary.

There are few things worst then squinting your eyes as you struggle to see what’s right in front of you. With an annual eye exam, squinting can be a thing of the past.

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