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Droopy eyelids


Droopy eyelids are not just a cosmetic problem.

In many cases, Ptosis -- the medical term for the condition -- can be fixed surgically and is often covered by insurance.  

Time has not been kind to Jeannie Borbidge's eyes.

"I started having problems with what I thought were my contacts," Borbidge says.  "As the day went on, my contacts would lift off my eyes, so I found I wound up like pushing. Literally, holding my eyelid, then my vision would focus back again."

Jeannie was sure she had a bad batch of contacts.

"So I went back to my eye doctor and you know, asked him about it and he said 'No, it's not your contacts it's your eyes. Your eyelids,'" she says.

Her eye doctor did a visual field test that measures what she can and cannot see beyond the heavy lids. She was diagnosed with ptosis -- or droopy lids with significant vision loss -- and was sent to a surgeon.

"It got to the point that she couldn't overcompensate enough for the droop by mechanically elevating her brows to help the eyelids, so at that point, she began to have problems wearing her lenses and getting around reading and doing the job that she currently did," Dr. Allan Wulc says.  

Doctor Allan Wulc offered blepharoplasty -- an eye lift. He cuts inside the creases of the eyelids to trim sagging skin and muscle.  

"The way this operation, especially if there's drooping of the muscle or the, or the tendon, looseness of the tendon, is not a cookie cutter procedure by any means. In fact, this is an operation that really should be individually tailored to the patient," Dr. Wulc says.  

Because her vision was impaired, Jeanne's insurance paid for her surgery. A week or two later, she was back to work as a realtor, with a whole new view.

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