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Dermatachalasis, the medical term for excess upper eyelid skin, is a very common problem that will affect most of us as we age. The skin begins to thin and the excess can then hang over the eyelid margin and cover the eyelashes. If it becomes pronounced enough to interfere with vision, fixing it becomes a functional issue rather than a cosmetic one and is covered by most insurance companies, including Medicare.

Symptoms of dermatachalasis include fatigue (“heavy eyelids” where the skin hangs onto and over the lashes) and a loss of side (peripheral) vision. This can make us more uncomfortable while driving, feeling uncertain at intersections, and constantly second guessing ourselves on the road. Some people will go so far as to use their fingers to lift the eyelids and improve their vision.

An eye examination and some special tests are required to document and validate the “functional” component of this problem, and some insurance companies require prior authorization before proceeding with surgery. Correction for dermatachalasis is quite straight forward: surgery to remove the excess skin and to tighten the upper lids.

Video: Blepharoplasty Eyelid Surgery Also: Richie Eye Clinic YouTube Channel

This out-patient procedure, called blepharoplasty, is usually done with local anesthesia and takes about an hour to complete. You can expect some swelling for several days and bruising that can last 1-2 weeks, but most people are back to normal activity within a few days. Dissolvable sutures make the post-operative care pretty simple, and the incision usually heals in a matter of weeks.

Vision is vital to all our daily activities and the eyelids are another vital component of the visual system.

Please contact us to discuss your options for Eyelid Surgery.

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We are well into the weirdest time any of us have ever experienced. Not since World War II have we seen these kinds of actions and steps to keep us safe.

Bars and restaurants are shuttered by order of the Governor and social distancing leaves many of us confined to our homes. Everyone is more tech savvy as we learn Facetime, Netflix, video streaming and GrubHub.

Businesses are limited to “essential services” only making most of us reorder our priorities. However important we thought our work was before this, we have a new found appreciation for the folks who deliver goods to the store, stock the shelves, scrub the floors and take out the garbage.

Kids are learning online, people who never dreamed they could be working remotely are doing so, and tele-everything is taking off.

With Governor Walz’ announcement on March 25th, we have at least another 2 weeks of Shelter In Place to endure (enjoy?).

At Richie Eye Clinic, we are doing our part, too. We are open on a limited basis for urgent and emergent problems including eye pain, sudden loss of vision, infections, foreign bodies in the eye, and those who are receiving injections for macular degeneration, diabetes, and other retinal issues.

Although we have limited staffing, we are here to answer your questions, so if your call goes to voicemail, please leave a message; we will return your call as soon as possible.

As society continues in “lockdown” mode, rest assured that we are here for you when you need us and, together, we will get through this.

Sincerely,

Mike Richie