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What is blepharitis?

As you age, your eyelids stretch, and the muscles supporting them weaken. As a result, excess fat may gather above and below your eyelids, causing sagging eyebrows, droopy upper lids and bags under your eyes. This condition is commonly known as blepharitis.

Besides making you look older, severely sagging skin around your eyes can reduce your side vision (peripheral vision), especially the upper and outer parts of your field of vision. Blepharoplasty can reduce or eliminate these vision problems and make your eyes appear younger and more alert.

Are you a candidate for blepharoplasty?

People of ages are candidates for the surgery, and more and more people are opting for blepharoplasty to treat their baggy lids and under eyes. In some cases, insurance may even cover the procedure. It is recommended you discuss this with your doctor and insurance provider.

If you aren't sure that you are a candidate for blepharoplasty, schedule an appointment with your eye doctor, who can evaluate you for any medical problems related to your eyelids. If you don't have a medical reason for a blepharoplasty procedure, you can discuss with your eye doctor any concerns or interest you might have regarding cosmetic eyelid surgery.