When Your Child Needs Ptosis Surgery

Ptosis is a rare eye condition that some children are born with or develop. In laymen’s terms, it simply means droopy eyelid or eyelids. If you suspect your child has ptosis, understand that it can be corrected with eyelid surgery. Because it is uncommon, many parents don’t know what it is. Specifically, ptosis is a weakness of the muscle that lifts the child’s upper eyelid(s). Most children with ptosis are born with it; however, it can be caused by an accident or brain condition. No matter what the cause, corrective ptosis surgery is the solution. Before ptosis surgery, your child’s doctor will refer him or her to a specialist to determine the origin of the condition.

Ptosis has the potential to affect your child’s vision, and is sometimes referred to as “lazy eye.” In serious cases, the child may need to tilt his or her head back in order to see from beneath droopy eyelid(s). It also gives the appearance that the child is asleep or not paying attention, and often affects self-image. No matter the severity, your child will generally need eyelid surgery, more commonly known as ptosis surgery to correct the condition. Each case is unique, requiring a specialized type of Miami plastic surgery.

Ptosis surgery requires general anesthesia. However, the eyelid surgery is considered an outpatient procedure, which means your child will go home the same day. Once the ptosis surgery is completed, your child may feel some discomfort with puffy, bruised, and swollen eyelids. There may even be a slight pinkish discharge, or bleeding from the eyelid surgery. Gently wipe the area, apply pressure, and change the dressing. Many parents expect to see immediate results after ptosis surgery, but like most cosmetic procedures it can take several weeks to see desired results. Miami plastic surgeons advice parents that although it’s tough to see your child endure any type of eyelid surgery, understand you’re giving them the gift of improved vision.