There are many reasons people consider eyelid surgery, both cosmetic and medical. This is a commonly requested procedure for those enrolled in Medicare, for as we age our skin loses its elasticity and where this occurs around the eyes it can cause vision issues.
Whatever your reasons for seeking an eyelid procedure, you may wonder whether Medicare eyelid surgery is appropriate or available to you.
Conditions that May Require Eye Lid Surgery
For many people a sagging or drooping eyelid can obstruct the view or result in hanging of the eyelash in the way of their view. A heavy eyelid can also cause fatigue if you need to raise the eyebrows to improve your vision.
In cases where vision is obstructed (the proper term is functionally disturbing), Medicare and most insurance companies will cover the cost of eyelid surgery.
There is a specific measurement requirement before Medicare will approve the procedure. See your Doctor or Optometrist for the specifics. We believe the allowance is 12 degrees of the upper field of vision being blocked, or if the eyelid hangs down within 2.5 millimeters of the mid-pupil.
Blepharoplasty and Medicare
The procedure (called upper lid blepharoplasty) removes extra skin, muscles, and fat tissues from the upper lid of your eye by giving you local anesthesia. This eliminates loose overhanging eyelid tissue.
Some clinics are set up for day surgery procedure, but it may need to be done at your local hospital if a specialist is not nearby. Stitches close the cut and are removed in about 7 days. Swelling and brusing is common for up to two weeks.
Entropion And Ectropion Eye Lid Surgery
If the upper lids are sagging, there is a chance the lower lids can also sag. When this happens one of two problems will manifest. The lower eyelid will either turn inward making the lashes touch your eye, or fall outward away from the eye, leaving an uncomfortable gap.
Both of these problems are considered functional problems and are covered by Medicare and most Medicare supplement companies.