Medical insurance provides for many things that are life necessities. Customers use it to help them stay healthy and live a comfortable life.
It’s a vital safety net for medical emergencies. However, in many cases, health insurance can be applied toward a popular procedure called upper blepharoplasty, commonly referred to as upper eyelid surgery. There is a good reason for that. When upper eyelids become droopy, they begin to impact peripheral vision. That is a serious life and safety concern.
Many see eyelid surgery as purely cosmetic. While patients do regain a youthful and vibrant look when they recover the original, natural contour of their eyelid, they also gain much more valuable things, such as vision, and with it the ability to take on tasks that some may not even realize droopy eyelids are impairing.
Some patients get headaches from dealing with the need to hold up their eyelids, often using their brow, or even at times their hands. In the morning, or when it is especially hot, eyelids may even stick together. Some patients stop driving because they cannot do so safely any longer. Others grow tired simply reading a book or watching TV, since droopy eyelids make you work hard to do something most take for granted — see clearly.
The change is often so gradual that people don’t realize they are doing it until they learn about how easy it is to fix droopy lids. The procedure itself is a 20-minute outpatient surgery using a CO2 laser to safely remove excess skin. Healing is quick, and lost vision immediately returns.
Patients, both men and women, love the look of the results, but what is most important to them is the quality of life that they regain.
Editor’s Note: Dr. Justo is Arizona Eye Institute and Cosmetic Laser Center, 10701 W. Bell Road, Sun City, and 19052 N. R.H. Johnson Blvd., Sun City West founder and medical director. Call 623-975-2020 or visit firstname.lastname@example.org.