With age, many people notice drooping of the upper eyelids. The eyes look smaller as the lids seem to close, making people look tired or sleepy. The stretched out eyelid skin can “hood” the eyes and obscure the peripheral vision, making it more difficult to read and see in the far distance. This is called dermatochalasis.
This age-related change, however, can easily be repaired with a procedure called blepharoplasty or eyelid contouring. With this safe, quick, outpatient surgery done under local anesthesia, the loose, baggy, excess stretched-out skin is removed and the lids resume a more normal appearance. Scarring is minimal and hidden in the normal eyelid crease. There is little downtime and after care.
Most importantly, because dermatochalasis can affect the peripheral vision and overall visual comfort, blepharoplasty can be considered a functional procedure and not a purely cosmetic procedure. Testing is performed at our Chicago area offices to document the effect of the eyelid skin on the vision. If a significant blockage of the top portion of the visual field is present, insurance carriers will cover the cost of the procedure for the upper lids.
Blepharoplasty may carry some risks, such as more significant scarring, asymmetry, or need for other eyelid lifting procedures later on. If you have any questions, think you may benefit from eyelid surgery, or would like to schedule your appointment, we invite you to contact the vision team at Chicago Cornea Consultants today.