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Blepharoplasty is the plastic surgery operation for correcting defects, deformities, and disfigurations of the eyelids.

The information below is an extract from the local Aesthetics Policy, on blepharoplasty to the upper and lower eye-lids (please see link in the right panel).  Should you require further information about Individual Funding Requests, or a leaflet for patients on Low Priority Procedures, please click on the “Using RSS” tab on GP Gateway.

Interim Referral Advice from February until 1 April 2024

Ophthalmology referrals will not be triaged or processed by the Referral Support Service during February and March

Referrals should be made DIRECTLY to the provider during this period

Referral queries should be directed to Advice & Guidance

Upper lid blepharoplasty

This procedure will be funded to correct functional impairment as demonstrated by:

  • Impairment of visual fields in the relaxed, non-compensated state. Objective evidence of this will be required.
  • Clinical observation of poor eyelid function, discomfort e.g. headache worsening towards the end of the day and / or evidence of chronic compensation through elevation of the brow.

Further advice:

Many people acquire excess skin in the upper eyelids as part of the process of ageing and this may be considered normal. However, if this starts to interfere with vision or function of the eyelid apparatus then this can warrant treatment.

Lower lid blepharoplasty

This procedure will be funded for correction of ectropion or entropion or for the removal of lesions of the eyelid skin or lid margin.

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