My Aunt had her eyelids done.
At 90 y.o. they had drooped so badly she could hardly see, it was certainly not cosmetic surgery.
I am the unfortunate recipient of genes that combine the worst feature of both parents. My father had deeply recessed eyes, but had wonderfully supple skin around his eyes, my mother had so many folds on her eyelids that it was a wonder she could see at all. I got the worst of both worlds. As a result, based on visual fields testing, I needed my first eyelid reduction before I was 50 years old.
I am now Social Security age and am preparing for my THIRD eyelid surgery, all of which have been covered by insurance (and now Medicare). Looking at my visual field charts, I am surprised that any responsible law enforcement agency would even allow me to drive. When I do drive, I have to tilt my head at odd angles to see overhead traffic lights and peripheral activity.
I’ve been fortunate to be aware of the situation, and can compensate for it to a degree, but often have severe neck and upper back pain because of all of the head movement required.
Within the reduced periphery, my vision is very good, but the danger of my condition is probably more severe than it would be for a person driving with 20/200 vision if I was not accutely aware of it.
The Doc I’m seeing tells me that my upcoming surgery may not be the last. I may end out looking like a Zombie as I get older, but it beats being a public danger on the roads without the surgery.
Not all plastic surgery is performed for appearance reasons only.
Both my grandfather and my aunt had this done. My aunt’s eyelids were drooping so badly that her eyelashes were pushed into her eye.
From the looks of things, I’ve got about ten more years before I’m forced to get this done myself.
I had a boss that had this surgery years ago. He paid for it himself (or his insurance company paid for it) but it had to be done. His eyelids drooped so much it was causing his eyelashes to scrape his eyes. This isn’t cosmetic and if people are abusing it that should be stopped, but to think that all of these are for vanity is to get it completely wrong.