Poor Vision Caused By Extra Eyelid Skin?

Does the X Skin Above my Eyes Cause my Vision to Be Poor? Im over 60

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Upper Lid Skin Excess Correction MAY be covered by SOME Insurance companies

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Excess sagging skin of the upper lid (DERMATOCHALASIS) can interfere with our field of vision, especially the upper areas forcing upward head rotation and extreme brow elevation. SOME insurance company, upon proof of such visual field defects, MAY cover the cost of Upper Lid Lift (Blepharoplasty).

Dr. Peter Aldea

Memphis Plastic Surgeon

Can excess upper eyelid skin cause vision blockage?

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Extra skin on the upper eyelids can cause a decrease in your visual fields. It wouldn't explain blurry vision, however.

An upper eyelid blepharoplasty, which would involve removing some of the excess eyelid skin, can help with blockage of your vision. The procedure can be covered by insurance; you would need visual field testing which can be done by your eye doctor.

The surgery itself can be done by someone board certified in facial plastic surgery, oculoplastic surgery, or plastic surgery. You want to make sure it's done by someone with experience in eyelid surgery.

Extra skin in the upper eyelids can interfere with the full range of vision in the eyes,

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limiting the extent of your visual fields.  If the eyelids hang too far below the upper edge of the iris, your ability to note objects in the periphery of your vision can be limited.  An evaluation by an Ophthalmologist is critical to determine whether the problem is due to extra skin, extra skin and weakness of the muscles, or weakness of the muscles alone...  If the extra skin is interfering with your vision, you might be able to have a Blepharoplasty, or eyelid lift, partially or completely covered by medical insurance.  Anytime you contemplate eyelid surgery, you should strongly consider seeing your Ophthalmologist...

Michael H. Rosenberg, MD
Mount Kisco Plastic Surgeon

Excess skin can block your vision, but doesn't give poor vision.

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The difference to understand in your case is between the excess skin blocking your vision or part of your visual field because it hangs down too far over your lashes, and your vision actually being poor due to problems with your eyes.  If the excess skin is blocking a portion of your visual field, this can be easily corrected by removal of the skin, which corrects the problem and refreshes the appearance of your eyes as well.  You should have your vision and visual fields tested by an ophthalmologist.  This is clarify which issue you need to address.

Excess Eyelid Skin

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Excess skin can interfere with your field of vision. I would suggest that you consult with your Ophthalmologist for testing. Best wishes!

Michael Sullivan, MD
Columbus Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 94 reviews

Insurance companies may cover blepharoplasty surgery in some situations

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Excess upper lid skin is a common complaint in my patient population.  If you visit an oculoplastic surgeon (I recommend you see a member of ASOPRS) he or she can submit photos and a visual field test to your insurance company if he or she feels that your excess eyelid skin is blocking your peripheral vision.  If you meet your insurance company's criteria (these criteria vary among insurance companies) you will qualify for an insurance covered blepharoplasty.

Michael McCracken, MD
Lone Tree Oculoplastic Surgeon

Vision and Excess Upper Eyelid Skin

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Excess upper eyelid skin can affect your field of vision and affect the quality of your vision in that respect.  It does not really affect the clarity of your vision.  An ophthalmologist or oculoplastic surgeon can administer a visual field test that can determine if your field of vision is being affected by the excess skin.  If it is then your surgeon can try to obtain authorization from your insurance to do the surgery.

Keshini Parbhu, MD
Orlando Oculoplastic Surgeon

Visual field obstruction

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Extra upper eyelid skin can cause decreased peripheral vision and can be removed under insurance coverage if you go to an ophthalmologist who can test your visual fields.

Extra eyelid skin can reduce your vision, sometimes

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Many people have extra skin on their upper eyelids.  Basically,  whether or not it effects your vision is pretty straightforward.  If the skin hangs down enough to block some of your pupil, than the vision can be effected.  This type of blockage does not effect your reading vision, or how you would read an eye chart in a doctors office.  It effects that panorama of your vision.  A good way to check for yourself is to look straight ahead while gently lifting your eyelid skin.  Can you see a large field of vision?  If so than the excess skin may be the problem.  Your best bet is to see your eye doctor to learn for sure.

Hope this is helpful.

Marc Cohen, MD
Philadelphia Oculoplastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 24 reviews

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