Blepharochilasis or dermatochilasis is a sagging of the eyelid skin. This is caused by excess skin and fat underneath the skin pulling the eyelids downward. In some cases, the drooping upper eyelids can block the vision. This can be corrected with an eyelid procedure called a blepharoplasty.
The blepharoplasty procedure is only covered by insurance if it is considered “medically necessary”. If a patient has symptoms of restricted superior vision, the procedure is generally medically necessary.
During the procedure, excess fat and skin is trimmed away from the eyelids. Small sutures are removed in 7-10 days after the procedure. Swelling and bruising around the eye lids is expected and typically resolves within a month.
If you are unsure if you qualify for the blepharoplasty procedure, call Oklahoma Eye Institute today to schedule a consultation with one of our doctors.