Ptosis is a condition characterized by the falling or drooping of the upper eyelid. Here, we will explore what causes this condition, how to find out if you have it, the risks involved with leaving it untreated, and how to take back your vision, comfort, and confidence:
Drooping of the upper eyelid over the iris can be caused by aging or a variety of other factors, including:
- Eye surgery complications
- Injury to ligaments or muscles in the eyelid
- Stretching or tearing of the levator muscle
- Nerve damage affecting the ability of the eyelid muscles
If you or someone you love has impaired or decreased vision in your upper gaze, constantly looks as if one or both eyes are ‘sleepy’ or half-open, and is often found rubbing your eyes to try to clear them from obstruction…you may be suffering from Ptosis.
If it is left untreated, Ptosis can lead to astigmatism and amblyopia, otherwise known as ‘lazy eye’. Although it can appear later in life, it is most advantageous to address it at a young age so healthy vision can develop over time.
Since Ptosis can either be congenital or acquired due to damage to the surrounding tissues, it typically cannot be prevented. There is hope for those that have this condition, though. Read on to find out how to treat drooping or falling eyelids and take back your life.
Ptosis is diagnosed through careful examination of the eyelids. This includes taking measurements of their height, as well as the strength of their muscles. A visual field examination can also be performed to determine the scope of its effects on your vision and aid in diagnosis.
While suggested treatments depend on the severity of the condition, surgery is generally the best option. There are two ways this can be done, externally and internally:
- The external approach, which is more commonly performed, consists of making an incision into the eyelid skin and then repositioning the levator muscle to lift the eyelid. During this procedure, you will be sedated but remain cognisant so you can follow directions from your surgeon.
- The internal method results in a more subtle lift and consists of turning the eyelid inside out and removing sections of the eyelid muscles. This can either be done under sedation or full anesthesia and results in no visible scars. The internal method is a good option for those with strong levator muscles.
If you decide to undergo Ptosis surgery, it is important to choose a surgeon with extensive experience in the field of Ptosis. This will minimize scarring and the risk of complications, giving you the best shot at improving your eyesight and self-esteem.
Awareness starts here— If you are suffering from Ptosis, it is possible to lift your eyelids and feel lighter, see more clearly, and look more alert on a daily basis. Book a consultation with an experienced oculoplastic and reconstructive surgeon today to find out if you qualify for treatment, and start looking forward to a more beautiful future.