PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. — Taking in the scenery is something Peter Portanova is good at doing, but at age 72, seeing all of what life had to offer was a problem.”The upper eyelids were hanging down and it got worse and worse,” Portanova said.Doctor Andrea Hass, an ophthalmic plastic surgeon said, “It’s as if you were trying to look out the window with the blinds half drawn and you loose half of what’s around you.”Extra skin around Peter’s eyes made it hard for him to drive and read, not to mention, he says he looked old and tired. So, he decided to do something to take 10 to 15 years off his face. It’s a procedure that 60-year-old Shirley Siegel also underwent.Siegel said her droopy lids come from a genetic defect. “To me this wasn’t growing old gracefully, I don’t want to walk around with my eyelids down to my nose!” Shirley had a simple eye test done. The results showed she needed surgery in order to see clearly. a half-hour eye lift that tightens muscles and removes excess skin was covered by insurance. “If you can see and go about your daily business without any trouble why not?” Siegel said. as for Peter, he went ahead and got both his upper and lower lids done.”The response wasn’t: ‘Gee you had something done.’ It was: ‘Did you lose weight?’ I would do it again in a heartbeat,” Portanova said. Droopy lids can happen at any age but the condition usually affects seniors. if you want to find out if you are a candidate, make an appointment with your ophthalmologist and ask for a visual field test. Depending on the results, your upper eyelid surgery could be covered by insurance.
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