Upper/Lower Eyelid Surgery

What is a Blepharoplasty?

Heredity, age, diet, gravity, and pollutants can cause skin surrounding our eyes to relax and loosen.  When this happens, our eyes seem to portray a sad, tired or angry appearance.  Fortunately, there is an effective surgical procedure that removes excess eyelid skin and refreshes your appearance.  Blepharoplasty is a safe and effective eyelid surgery performed as an out-patient procedure in either of our state-of-the-art surgery centers by  John W. Snead M.D., F.A.C.S., our founder and medical director as well as Brad A. Snead, M.D..

Eyelid Surgery Evaluation form 
If you answered “yes” to any of the questions on the evaluation form, please call our office to make an appointment for a free eyelid evaluation.

Droopy Eyebrows and Eyelids

Gravity forces objects toward the earth, and as we age, it becomes more difficult to combat its effects.  This holds true with many of our body parts, but one of the most noticeable is the drooping eyebrows or eyelids.  Excess skin around your eyes can obscure your field of vision.

An evaluation by one of our physicians is recommended if you notice any obstruction of your vision or any of the other symptoms described here in.

Safety Implications of Droopy Eyelids

Several conditions can occur that make eyelids and eyebrows droop, obstructing vision. When this occurs, the minor annoyance of having saggy lids or brows becomes a medical issue that must be treated.
Safety when driving becomes questionable as your peripheral vision may be impaired.
Eyelid surgery when determined by an Ophthalmologist to be impairing your vision will most like/ be covered by your insurance.
Eyelid surgery is performed as an u tpatient surgery with very littl e discomfort and quick recovery.

Eyelid surgery can enhance your appearance and improve your vision at a fraction of the cost of plastic surgery.

Ectropian Repair

Snead Eye Group is proud to offer the revolutionary LenSx® laser which provides cataract patients with an optimized refractive cataract surgery experience. Typically, cataract surgeries are performed manually where the surgeon uses a blade to create all of the incisions during the procedure. With the introduction of the first FDA cleared custom cataract laser, the LenSx® femtosecond cataract laser, the cataract surgeons at SNEAD EYE GROUP have the ability to create incisions and reduce astigmatism with a laser. The incisions are more accurate and precise, thus eliminating some of the variables that have complicated cataract surgery results in the past. Recent results show that the laser is up to 10x more precise than manual techniques for portions of the cataract surgery. By exhibiting a high level of accuracy and precision, outcome of cataract surgery with LenSx is more predictable. Studies have shown that with cataract surgery using the LenSx® femtosecond cataract laser at SNEAD EYE GROUP, patients have a better chance of seeing 20/20 or better vs. manual blade incisions.

Entropian Repair

Entropian is a condition that causes your eyelid to turn inwards. This can cause major irritation and discomfort due to the eyelid skin and eyelashes rubbing against one another. Symptoms can include : redness of the eye, eye irritation, light sensitivity, decreased vision and watery eyes.

Ptosis Repair

Another common eyelid problem is ptosis, pronounced “toe sis”, which also causes your eyelids to droop.  Ptosis occurs when the muscle that allows you to blink stretches or becomes unattached.  Although ptosis can occur in both eyes, it often happens to only one eye causing your eyelids to be uneven.

Our surgeons use precise skill and the latest technology to perform ptosis surgery.  As ophthalmologist and oculoplastic eye surgeons, Drs. Snead are uniquely trained to ensure proper blinking reflexes remain after surgery.

Baggy Lower Lids

If your friends often tell you that you look tired, chances are you have fat pockets accumulating under your eyes.  Drs. Snead perform a precise surgical procedure from the inside of the lower eyelid to reduce these pockets.  Performing surgery inside the lid prevents scarring on the outside of the eye and dramatically improves your appearance.  The result is a refreshed and rejuvenated appearance.

Symptoms

Patients with droopy eyelids or eyebrows often experience headaches from involuntarily raising eyebrows by using their forehead muscles to allow additional light to enter their eyes.  In fact, vision is often so obscured that patients are forced to lift their lids or brows with their fingers in order to read or watch television.

Recovery Time

One of the most amazing benefits of eyelid surgery is the quick recovery time.  Since the surgery is performed as an out-patient procedure, you can relax at home the evening of your surgery.  You will be seen the next day in the office for bandage removal and a progress check.  Usually patients experience little or no pain, however, if necessary, pain medication will be prescribed.  You will notice a remarkable difference in your vision and appearance in about one week with continual improvement over the next several weeks.  Post operative care and instructions will be thoroughly explained and a member of our staff is on-call 24 hours a day in case you have immediate questions or concerns about your surgery.

Is Eyelid Surgery Covered by Insurance?

Upper eyelid surgery is most often times covered by Medicare and in some cases is covered by private insurance.  It is important to undergo specific testing to be sure that your condition warrants insurance coverage.  A visual field test will be performed to determine your peripheral vision before surgery.  Then, your eyelids will be taped up to simulate eye surgery and you will be retested.  If the difference between the two tests is significant, your insurance will most likely cover surgery.

Lower eyelid surgery usually is not covered by insurance because it is considered strictly a cosmetic procedure.  However, prices are reduced when you have a combination of procedures such as upper lid surgery and lower lid surgery.

Pre-Operative and Post-Operative Instructions

During your visit to our office, instructions regarding before and after care for your eyelid surgery will be discussed in great detail.  One of our highly trained Surgery Counselors will be reviewing what to expect prior to and after your surgery.  They will also discuss medications that you may or may not take, any prescriptions and how to use them, and how to prepare for the day of your surgery.  It is our goal for you to achieve the best possible experience before, during and after your eyelid surgery.  We take pride in our patient care, the quality of service and professional expertise dedicated to your eye health and vision.

Financing for your eyelid surgery is available

Snead Eye Group works with Care Credit, a finance company that can help patients pay any high insurance deductible and help pay for Tecnis Multifocal or Toric Lens for cataract surgery patients. When patients apply and are approved we offer a two year, no interest rate, payment plan. Learn more about Care Credit financing.

What to Expect with Eyelid Surgery

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The anticipation is almost over.  This is the day that your vision and overall appearance will improve in just a matter of a couple of hours.  The procedure is fairly quick and painless and in a few days, you will be amazed at the results.

The following information was compiled to make your day go smoothly and ensure a pleasant experience for you.  Please read through the information carefully and feel free to call our office at any time with questions or more information.

Prior to your surgery day:

  • Review all the information given to you in your surgery packet  (this will include – all instructions for medications, directions and instructions on your pre-operative, post-operative care and what to do upon your arrival at the surgery center)

  • Arrange to have someone drive you to and from surgery –You will not be able to drive yourself

  • If you were given prescriptions, have them filled prior to surgery day

  • Remember not to eat or drink after midnight the night before your surgery

  • Wear loose-fitting comfortable clothing and tennis shoes or shoes that tie

  • Do not wear jewelry, make-up or body lotions

  • Leave your purse, wallet at home or with the person that is driving you, it is best to bring only your driver’s license and insurance cards with you to surgery

By following the instructions given to you by our office, you can be assured of the best possible experience regarding your eyelid surgery.  Please remember we have a 24 hour answering service for your convenience, should you have any questions. (239) 936-8686

For more information please call   SNEAD EYE GROUP at (239) 936-8686