What Is Ptosis?
Ptosis (pronounced TOE-sis) is the medical term for drooping eyelids. A person with ptosis is not able to lift one or both upper eyelids to uncover the eye completely.
Many people want to correct ptosis because it damages their appearance. In most cases, the sagging upper eyelid results in a loss of the superior (upper) field of vision. In severe cases, ptosis may be present at birth and, if left untreated, can permanently damage vision by forcing the unaffected eye to do all the work while letting the affected eye degenerate.
- Congenital (from birth)
- Senile ( Aging)
- Traumatic ( Due to accident)
- Neurological ( Stroke, Brain Tumour)
What Is The Treatment For Ptosis?
For acquired or levator dehiscence ptosis, the doctor must first determine the cause of the problem. If ptosis is a result of muscle or nerve disease, the doctor will begin by treating the disease first. If a tumour is the cause, it can sometimes be removed. In some cases, the doctor may suggest surgery. This operation is the same one surgeons use for congenital ptosis: shortening the levator muscle or connecting it to the muscles of the brow.
What To Expect
Initially the eyelids are often bruised and swollen. This can take up to 2 - 3 weeks to completely clear up. It is often too early to judge the final outcome immediately after surgery, although every attempt is made to achieve the best cosmetic outcome for each individual.
Patient with left eyelid ptosis.
Patient 2 weeks after left eyelid ptosis surgery
Patient with right congenital ptosis
Patient 1 month after right eyelid ptosis repair