Even though most blepharoplasty procedures are age-related, some fullness of the upper eyelids can be hereditary and unrelated to age. Because of this, blepharoplasty can be performed at any time after age 18 even though most men and women begin to think about eyelid surgery in their 40s or 50s.
Does Insurance Cover Eyelid Surgery?
When your eyelids are interfering with your field of vision, causing difficulty with everyday activities such as driving and reading, eyelid surgery can vastly improve your peripheral vision. You’ll be happy to know that Medicare and private insurance usually covers “functional” eyelid surgery, if minimum criteria of vision loss is met. A test, called a visual field, will be performed to document this loss of peripheral vision.
However, cosmetic eyelid surgery is not usually covered by your HMO, PPO, Medicare, or any other insurance. “Cosmetic” is defined as a procedure that is undertaken to improve appearance instead of visual function. While upper eyelid surgery is often considered medical in nature, lower eyelid blepharoplasty is always considered to be cosmetic.
What if insurance won’t cover my eyelid surgery? Can I still get it?
Yes. In fact, many people choose to have eyelid surgery for reasons other than vision impairment. Eyelid surgery is one of the most popular out-patient cosmetic surgeries because it makes such a difference in ones’ look. Often people say that their loved ones no longer think they look tired or even angry.
Getting Your Eyelid Surgery Questions Answered
We understand your natural feelings of anxiety when having any kind of surgery so we will make sure that all your questions are answered, including concerns regarding fees and financing options. Our counselors are knowledgeable about insurance, cost, and all other aspects of the procedure.
What is the first step?
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