Loss of vision can be detrimental to the life of anyone, especially when aging. For adults who suffer from loss of peripheral vision, there can be particularly large challenges, especially when attempting to drive or engage in regular activities of daily living. If you find that you have blurred peripheral vision, it is prudent to seek the medical attention of an ophthalmologist and determine if eyelid surgery may reduce the blurry peripheral vision you are experiencing.
With aging, many adults experience the development of sagging eyelids especially around the upper eyelid. For some of us, the complication of sagging eyelids can also impose complications along the lower eye lid and lead to the development of bags under the eyes. When combined with upper eyelid complications, the development of peripheral vision complications usually ensues. If you find that your vision is blurred on the sides of your eyes, this is a sign of blurry peripheral vision for which a simple cosmetic procedure may resolve.
Blepharoplasty is the cosmetic procedure that can resolve drooping eyelids both on top and on bottom. When suffering from blurred peripheral vision, the blepharoplasty procedure involves the removal of fatty deposits around the eyes coupled with the removal of excess skin. Once the skin around your eyes is pulled taut and tightened again, your peripheral vision can normally be restored to almost normal levels.
When suffering from blurry peripheral vision, consult with an ophthalmologist regarding the use of eyelid surgery. For most adults, when the loss of elasticity in the eye skin is the culprit, a full eyelid lift is necessary and both upper eyelid as well as lower eyelid surgery will be recommended. Once done, however, you will find that most of your vision is restored and you will be back driving or pursing other daily activities with little to no adverse effect on your peripheral vision.
Health insurance often will cover vision complications when the result of a medical condition. So, when considering this type of cosmetic surgery procedure, be sure to ask your doctor about the possibility of filing on health insurance as a potential health risk to resolve vision complications. In many cases, health insurance companies will insure the lost, in some part, so as to avoid long term health complications associated with the eyes and loss of vision due to sagging tissue. The key to your optimal health will lie in preparation and careful documentation by your doctor prior to the surgery taking place.
Sources: Journal of Optometry, May, 2005: pp. 9-15.