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I have ptosis, especially in one eye, and it's getting worse

as I age (I'm 53)...
i have ptosis, especially in one eye, and it's getting worse as I age (I'm 53). My mother also had it. Is surgery effective? the droop is starting to cover my eye
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8/3/2010
Dr. Dan B.
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Hello and thanks for your question. Surgery is usually very effective. It is an outpatient procedure, done with local anesthetic. You tend to look a bit beat up for a couple of days, but after that, most people are quite happy with the results.

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Customer reply replied 7 years ago
thanks for the info. Do you know if it's considered a cosmetic procedure, ie wondering if insurance covers it.

That is a good question. There is a test your eye doctor can do called a visual field test, which is something insurance companies would require before they would pay for the procedure. If the eyelid is significantly obstructing the vision based on the results of this test, then it is considered a medical condition and insurance pays for it. If not, then it is considered cosmetic and you would have to pay for it out of pocket.

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