People who seek out blepharoplasty, also known as eyelid lift surgery, are typically looking to restore a brighter, more youthful facial appearance. For some patients, eyelid sagging has become so severe that it is impairing their vision. Traditionally, plastic surgery for cosmetic reasons isn’t covered by medical insurance. However, patients who require blepharoplasty to correct vision impairment may be able to get financial assistance through their insurance company.
Have a Consultation
Dr. Austin will meet with you and have you undergo visual field studies. If you have completed “taped” and “un-taped” visual field testing and Dr. Austin deems your eyelid surgery medically necessary, your results will be forwarded to your insurance carrier to request prior authorization for blepharoplasty.
What Will Insurance Cover?
Insurance coverage varies between companies and policies. Your exact coverage will be determined by your insurance provider. If your request has been authorized, Dr. Austin’s staff will contact your insurance company to determine your out-of-pocket expense. Patients who qualify for insurance coverage may have some or all of the following covered:
- Surgeon’s fee
- Facility fee
- Anesthesia fee
- Laboratory fees
Proceeding Without Insurance
There are cases where insurance simply won’t cover your procedure. In these cases, you may still choose to undergo eyelid surgery for clinical indications or aesthetic reasons. Many patients experience eye strain due to vision impairment, and others are simply unhappy with their appearance. Dr. Austin offers financing options for patients who require assistance.