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Frequently Asked Plastic Surgery Questions


1. What is the function of the eyelid?

The eyelids protect the eye, spreading tears over the front surface of the cornea and clearing mucus and debris from the tear film.


2. What is the most commonly performed eyelid surgery?

Blepharoplasty (correction of sagging eyelids) is the most common type of eyelid surgery.


3. Is age the only cause of drooping or sagging eyelids?

Drooping eyelids may occur in people of all ages for a variety of reasons ranging from allergy to kidney disease, but aging and genetic predisposition are the most common causes.


4. Is this an outpatient surgery?

Yes. Surgery is performed under local anesthesia in our surgery suites in Sarasota and Bradenton.


5. Does insurance cover this procedure?

Medicare and other insurance companies may or may not cover the cost of eyelid surgery, depending on the degree to which your vision is impaired by your drooping or sagging eyelids. After an examination, your doctor will discuss your particular situation and answer any questions you may have.


6. How soon after my surgery do I return to my doctor's office for a follow-up visit?

A post-operative visit will be scheduled within one week of your procedure. This will allow the doctor to monitor your progress and ensure you are healing properly.


7. What tests are required prior to surgery?

Before surgery we need photographs of your eyelids taken and, in some cases, a visual field test is needed to assess whether a sagging or drooping eyelid is affecting your vision.


8. When do I pay for my surgery?

Fees for elective surgery are paid in full before the surgery date. If the procedure is not considered cosmetic, we will file the claim to your insurance company. You will be responsible for any co-payment or deductibles. You will receive a bill for any costs not covered by your insurance.


9. Are there any additional fees required later on?

No. Your initial fee is comprehensive and therefore covers all visits for 90 days following your surgery.


If you have additional questions about plastic surgery, please do not hesitate to call our office and ask for a Surgical Coordinator:


Sarasota / Bradenton Plastic Surgery
(941) 748-1818

Sun City Center Plastic Surgery
(813) 633-3065


Why Choose CEI?

Coastal Eye Institute (formerly Manatee Sarasota Eye Clinic) is one of the area’s largest ophthalmology practices featuring a comprehensive team of fellowship-trained ophthalmologists in every subspecialty of eye care.From infancy to the golden years...we provide care for the total health of your eyes. Trust your eye care to our specialists!


Coastal Eye Institute has fellowship-trained ophthalmologists in every specialty of eye care:

  • ➢ Laser Cataract Surgery
  • ➢ Glaucoma
  • ➢ Macular Degeneration
  • ➢ Diabetic Retinopathy
  • ➢ Dry Eye Disease
  • ➢ LASIK Laser Vision Correction
  • ➢ Neuro-Ophthalmology
  • ➢ Pediatric Eye Care
  • ➢ Routine Eye Care
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We are happy to work with your busy schedule! With nine physicians and four offices, we are confident we can find a time, day and location that is convenient for you. Call 941-748-1818 and let us help you on your way to seeing more clearly!


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