What is Blepharoplasty?
Heredity, age, diet, gravity, and pollutants can cause skin surrounding our eyes to relax and loosen. When this happens, our eyes seem to portray a sad, tired or angry appearance. Fortunately, there is an effective surgical procedure that removes excess eyelid skin and refreshes your appearance. Blepharoplasty is a safe and effective eyelid surgery performed as an out-patient procedure in either of our state-of-the-art surgery centers by John W. Snead M.D., F.A.C.S., our founder and medical director as well as Brad A. Snead, M.D..
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Droopy Eyebrows and Eyelids
Gravity forces objects toward the earth, and as we age, it becomes more difficult to combat its effects. This holds true with many of our body parts, but one of the most noticeable is the drooping eyebrows or eyelids. Excess skin around your eyes can obscure your field of vision.
An evaluation by one of our physicians is recommended if you notice any obstruction of your vision or any of the other symptoms described here in.
Ectropian, common in the elderly community, is a condition that causes the inner eyelid surface to become dry and irritated due to a “turning out” of the eyelid. Sometimes the Ectropian symptoms can be managed with artificial tears, but only until surgery can be scheduled.
Entropian is a condition that causes your eyelid to turn inwards. This can cause major irritation and discomfort due to the eyelid skin and eyelashes rubbing against one another. Symptoms can include : redness of the eye, eye irritation, light sensitivity, decreased vision and watery eyes.
Another common eyelid problem is ptosis, pronounced “toe sis”, which also causes your eyelids to droop. Ptosis occurs when the muscle that allows you to blink stretches or becomes unattached. Although ptosis can occur in both eyes, it often happens to only one eye causing your eyelids to be uneven.
Our surgeons use precise skill and the latest technology to perform ptosis surgery. As ophthalmologist and oculoplastic eye surgeons, Drs. Snead are uniquely trained to ensure proper blinking reflexes remain after surgery.
Baggy Lower Lids
If your friends often tell you that you look tired, chances are you have fat pockets accumulating under your eyes. Drs. Snead perform a precise surgical procedure from the inside of the lower eyelid to reduce these pockets. Performing surgery inside the lid prevents scarring on the outside of the eye and dramatically improves your appearance. The result is a refreshed and rejuvenated appearance.
Patients with droopy eyelids or eyebrows often experience headaches from involuntarily raising eyebrows by using their forehead muscles to allow additional light to enter their eyes. In fact, vision is often so obscured that patients are forced to lift their lids or brows with their fingers in order to read or watch television.
One of the most amazing benefits of eyelid surgery is the quick recovery time. Since the surgery is performed as an out-patient procedure, you can relax at home the evening of your surgery. You will be seen the next day in the office for bandage removal and a progress check. Usually patients experience little or no pain, however, if necessary, pain medication will be prescribed. You will notice a remarkable difference in your vision and appearance in about one week with continual improvement over the next several weeks. Post operative care and instructions will be thoroughly explained and a member of our staff is on-call 24 hours a day in case you have immediate questions or concerns about your surgery.
Is Eyelid Surgery Covered by Insurance?
Upper eyelid surgery is most often times covered by Medicare and in some cases is covered by private insurance. It is important to undergo specific testing to be sure that your condition warrants insurance coverage. A visual field test will be performed to determine your peripheral vision before surgery. Then, your eyelids will be taped up to simulate eye surgery and you will be retested. If the difference between the two tests is significant, your insurance will most likely cover surgery.
Lower eyelid surgery usually is not covered by insurance because it is considered strictly a cosmetic procedure. However, prices are reduced when you have a combination of procedures such as upper lid surgery and lower lid surgery.
Pre-Operative and Post-Operative Instructions
During your visit to our office, instructions regarding before and after care for your eyelid surgery will be discussed in great detail. One of our highly trained Surgery Counselors will be reviewing what to expect prior to and after your surgery. They will also discuss medications that you may or may not take, any prescriptions and how to use them, and how to prepare for the day of your surgery. It is our goal for you to achieve the best possible experience before, during and after your eyelid surgery. We take pride in our patient care, the quality of service and professional expertise dedicated to your eye health and vision.
Financing for your eyelid surgery is available
Snead Eye Group works with Care Credit, a finance company that can help patients pay any high insurance deductible. When patients apply and are approved we offer a two year, no interest rate, payment plan. Learn more about Care Credit financing.
For more information please call SNEAD EYE GROUP at (239) 936-8686