Ptosis (Droopy eyelid)

Ptosis (“toe-sis”) refers to drooping of an upper eyelid of one of both eyes.  This is different to the excess skin on the eyelid which may give similar appearance (see Blepharoplasty) The droop may be barely noticeable, or the lid can drop down over the entire pupil. This is often most noticeable towards the end of the day and may make it difficult to keep the eyes sufficiently open to read. Others often report that their eyelids feel “heavy” and “saggy”. The field of vision becomes restricted, and patients often comment on significant improvement in the field of vision after the treatment, even if they were not aware of visual field restriction before.

Some people with a ptosis try to tilt their heads back to try and see under the lid or raise their eyebrows repeatedly to try and lift the eyelids. This can often cause a headache due to muscle fatigue, as well as forhead wrinkels.

What causes Ptosis?

Ptosis is commonly caused by ageing. As you become older, the levator “lifting” muscles of the eyelid become stretched resulting in the upper eyelid becoming droopy. Ptosis can also be present at birth (congenital ptosis) and some neurological conditions or other systemic diseases can lead to the development of ptosis.

What is the treatment for Ptosis?

Mild ptosis that is not causing problems, either with function or appearance doesn’t necessary require treatment. Eyelid surgery  is the best treatment for people who are bothered by their ptosis. Your ophthalmologist will tighten the levator muscles to lift the eyelids, giving you improved vision and appearances. Our aim is to eliminate the ptosis and give you a  natural look that restores your appearance.

Ptosis (“toe-sis”) refers to drooping of an upper eyelid of one of both eyes. The droop may be barely noticeable, or the lid can drop down over the entire pupil. Ptosis can affect both children and adults, but is usually occurs due to ageing.

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