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Subject: Blepharoplasty/Brow Surgical Procedures

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This medical coverage guideline is not an authorization, certification, explanation of benefits, or a guarantee of payment, nor does it substitute for or constitute medical advice. All medical decisions are solely the responsibility of the patient and physician. Benefits are determined by the group contract, member benefit booklet, and/or individual subscriber certificate in effect at the time services were rendered. This medical coverage guideline applies to all lines of business unless otherwise noted in the program exceptions section.

 

DESCRIPTION

Blepharoplasty refers to removal of excess tissue, such as skin, muscle or fat, from the eyelids. This surgery may be performed to improve vision. It may also be used cosmetically to improve the appearance of the eye.

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COVERAGE

 

Note: For all medical decisions about this service, Florida Blue uses the Position Statement in the Clinical View of this medical coverage guideline. To make the best decision for your health needs, talk to your doctor. The services covered vary from health plan to health plan. Refer to your health plan contract for complete information about your coverage.

 

Blepharoplasty may meet the definition of a medical need for:

• Restoring normal vision to an eye affected by:

− Degeneration

− Improper growth of the eyelid

− Infection

− Inflammation

− Trauma

− Tumor

• Impaired vision from certain disorders of the eyelid

• Impaired vision from extra skin weighing on upper eye lashes

• Chronic skin irritation caused by excessive upper eyelid skin

• Problems fitting a prosthesis for a missing eye due to excessive upper eyelid skin

Blepharoplasty is not considered medically necessary for:

• cosmetic reasons

• correcting previous cosmetic surgery

• otherwise improving appearance in the absence of functional problems

All blepharoplasties must properly document loss of vision including:

• Photographs

• Visual Field measurements

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PROGRAM EXCEPTIONS

• Federal Employee Program (FEP): Certain exceptions apply.

• State Account Organization (SAO): Certain exceptions apply.

• Medicare Advantage products: Certain exceptions apply.

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Refer to your health plan contract for complete information about your coverage.

Date Printed: December 18, 2017: 11:44 AM