Ptosis repair surgery improves both vision and quality of life for the patient, according to a new report by the American Academy of Ophthalmology.
The report, published in Ophthalmology journal, analyzed results from 13 studies that had looked at the outcomes of these surgeries.
“As oculoplastic surgeons, we see the visual improvement and comfort that patients obtain from the surgical correction of upper lid ptosis and dermatochalasis. This study was performed to analyze the scientific data available to substantiate this,” Kenneth V. Cahill, MD, wrote to Medscape Medical News.
Dr. Cahill said that patients are sometimes denied functional blepharoplasty and ptosis repair surgery by third party payors because of “arbitrary and/or incorrect policies regarding the functional indications for these procedures.” Eyelid surgery is often performed for cosmetic reasons, but for ptosis patients, the purpose of the surgery is functional.
“Patient-reported quality-of-life impairment caused by ptosis and dermatochalasis is highly correlated with functional improvement from ptosis surgery,” said Dr. Cahill.
Tamara R. Fountain, MD, a clinical correspondent for the American Academy of Ophthalmology who was not involved in the study, said that she is always amazed at how life-changing the surgery can be for those who suffer from ptosis.
“For my patients who have been denied coverage and then choose to pay out of pocket, they often tell me it was the best investment they’d ever made and only wish they’d done it sooner,” Dr. Fountain said.
For more information on the report, the abstract is available online.