Eyelid Surgery Provides Significant Improvement in Vision

Often seen as a cosmetic procedure, a new study found upper blepharoplasty and blepharoptosis repair result in significant improvements in vision, peripheral vision and quality of life activities according to findings published in Ophthalmology.

Patients are often denied coverage of the procedure by third-party payors. Researchers used the PubMed and Cochrane Library databases to develop functional indications and outcomes of the procedure. Indicators include margin reflex distance 1 of 2 mm or less, superior visual field loss of at least 12 degrees or 24 percent, down-gaze ptosis impairing reading and other close-work activities, a chin-up backward head tilt due to visual axis obscuration, symptoms of discomfort or eye strain due to droopy lids, central visual interference due to upper eyelid position and patient self-reported functional impairment.

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