Eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) was the third most popular cosmetic surgery in the country last year, jumping 4% from 2011. However, eyelid surgery is not always just a cosmetic choice, and if you think you may benefit from the procedure but have been putting it off, there is some good news.
When drooping eyelids become more than a cosmetic issue
Drooping eyelids can often impair a person’s vision. Patients often complain that when the skin on their upper lids begins to hang down, it pushes their eyelashes into their eyes and makes it very difficult to see. When working at a computer all day, an issue like this forces a person to tilt his or her head back in order to prevent irritation and provide for a clear line of sight. But this often results in extreme tiredness of the eyes and blurred vision by the end of the day.
Eyelid surgery in Portland works to remove the excess tissue to restore the eyelids to a natural position and provide for a youthful look while also improving any vision impairments caused by the drooping skin.
In many cases, eyelid surgery in Portland is considered to be a cosmetic choice, which means that most insurance companies will not cover this surgery. However, in extreme situations, it is possible that insurance may cover the surgery if your eye doctor determines that there are visual field deficits or loss of side vision. Even if the insurance plan preauthorizes the surgery, there is no guarantee of payment by the insurance company.
Patients often postpone their eyelid surgery if they are unable to pay for their procedure up front when insurance will not cover it. However, other financial assistance is out there. Care Credit is endorsed by the Society for Excellence in Eyecare and the ASPS, and can help make your eyelid surgery more affordable.
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