Could Eyelid Surgery Be The Solution To Your Vision Problems?

If you've recently noticed issues with your vision, particularly your peripheral vision, you may be setting up an optometrist appointment to check on the state of your eyes. In many cases, your vision screening may not turn up any abnormalities within your eye, such as high intraocular pressure or cataracts. Instead, it's possible that excess, sagging skin on your eyelids or brow bones is impeding your vision. What can you do to correct these issues and restore your vision? Read on to learn more about treatments that can help.

What vision problems can be caused by excess skin?

As you age, the collagen fibers that help your skin keep its shape can weaken, causing skin to sag away from the underlying muscle and fat. In areas where your skin is thinner -- like your hands, wrists, and face -- this sagging may be more pronounced as the already-sparse collagen becomes even weaker.  

Sagging skin around your eyes can interfere with vision, tear production, and even cause scratches to your lens or cornea as stray eyelashes or eyebrow hairs are pulled into your field of vision. You may also find yourself squinting to avoid contact between your eyelids and this extra skin, which can cause headaches or wrinkles over time. 

How is this excess skin treated? 

The most effective treatment for this condition is a type of plastic surgery called blepharoplasty, done at a clinic like Brandon Cataract Center & Eye Clinic. This surgery is often used in conjunction with a facelift or other facial plastic surgery to remove excess skin and provide a more youthful appearance. During the procedure, a plastic surgeon will make a tiny incision in the crease of your eyelid, removing excess skin from the top part of this incision and suturing the eyelid back together. Any scarring will be confined to the crease of your eyelid and should be nearly invisible after you've fully recovered.

While blepharoplasty is generally considered a cosmetic procedure, and therefore not covered under most health insurance policies, if you're seeking a blepharoplasty because your excess skin is impeding your vision or causing other health difficulties, it's possible that at least a portion of this procedure will be covered by your insurance policy. You'll generally need to receive pre-approval from your insurance company before undergoing the procedure, and your doctor may need to provide confirmation that this surgery is being sought to treat a medical condition, not to improve your appearance.

After you've recovered from your blepharoplasty, you'll likely notice that you do look younger and more fresh-faced. With the improvement in your vision, you'll feel much better as well, and should be able to enjoy improved vision for years or even decades.