What is Ptosis?

Ptosis is the drooping of the eyelids. Patients with ptosis will not be able to lift one or both upper eyelids fully.

Often patients choose to correct ptosis for cosmetic reasons, however in most cases, the drooping upper eyelid results in a reduction in the field of vision.

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.

Causes of Ptosis

Acquired or Levator Dehiscence Ptosis is the most common type of upper eyelid ptosis. This form of ptosis can be formed by the levator muscle loosening or detaching, which occurs primarily in people greater than thirty years of age and the incidence increases with age. This form of Ptosis may occur following cataract surgery.

Congenital Ptosis is often present since childbirth and can involve one or both eye lids slightly or severely. Congenital Ptosis is often a result of the lack of development to the levator muscle.

Diagnosis of Ptosis

The drooping eyelid is the principal sign in ptosis, patients may notice a reduction in the field of vision, especially in the upper field.

Treatments for Ptosis

Treatment for Ptosis usually involves surgery to shorten the affected eyelid muscles. Surgery can also involve other methods such as fascia suspension.

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