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Dermatochalasis is a medical condition which is also known as baggy or droopy eyelids.  It is defined by excess skin in the upper or lower eyelid. It occurs commonly during the aging process. Dermatochalasis is caused by loss of elasticity in the connective tissue supporting the structure of the front portion of the eyelid.  The excess tissue can sometimes obstruct the visual field, especially the superior visual field.    Patients with dermatochalasis often also have blepharitis. Blepharitis is a condition caused by the plugging of glands in the eye that produce lubricating fluid.  It can be severe enough that it pushes the eyelashes into the eye, causing entropion.   There is a surgical procedure that can help treat dermatochalasis severe enough to obstruct the peripheral or superior visual fields.  The surgical procedure is called Blepharoplasty.  Blepharoplasty involves removing the excess skin, muscle and fat. Because your vision is affected by the sagging of the eyelids, this is considered a medical condition and therefore is covered by most insurance companies.  If your visual fields are not decreased due to the drooping of the eyelids, the procedure can still be done but would be considered cosmetic and would not be covered under medical insurance

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