Article by Dr. Brian T. Fowler Makes Headline in Best Times


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The headline of the March 2016 issue of The Best Times is a full-page article by Brian T. Fowler, MD, assistant professor of Ophthalmology. In it, he describes how saggy eyelids can obscure vision, and how they can be repaired. "For some people, sagging eyelids are only a cosmetic problem," he said in the article. "For others, they can obstruct the upper part of the visual field. In some cases, patients can lose as much as half of their upper visual field. Contrast sensitivity is also frequently impaired by sagging eyelids. Decreased contrast sensitivity can cause poor night vision, impair the ability to discern faces and recognize road signs, and reduce visual acuity in low light, fog or glare.

"Some people avoid getting blepharoplasty or ptosis repair because they are often considered cosmetic procedures that health insurance will not cover," he said. "However, if your vision is sufficiently diminished by either of these conditions, the procedures to repair them may be considered medically necessary and covered by insurance. Tests performed by an ophthalmologist will measure how badly your vision is affected."

If one or both of your upper eyelids are saggy or droopy and you have been experiencing vision problems, schedule an appointment with an ophthalmologist as soon as possible.

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