Correct a Drooping Eyelid
- Posted on: Aug 30 2017
No one beats the march of time. Well, maybe Doc Brown from Back to the Future, but no one else. Your eyelids aren’t immune to its effects. When the upper eyelid droops, this is a condition called ptosis. The drooping can be minimal, more of an aesthetic problem, or it can descend low enough to impair the patient’s vision. The usual correction for ptosis is eyelid surgery, and the team at Consultants in Ophthalmic and Facial Plastic Surgery has extensive experience with this procedure.
What are the symptoms of ptosis?
The main symptom seems obvious — a drooping eyelid — but there are differences between adults and children when it comes to this condition.
Ptosis is far more common in adults. It is rarely linked with other conditions, affecting just the eyes.
If a child has ptosis, the condition is congenital. This is usually caused by a problem with the levator muscle that lifts the eyelids. Beyond the drooping eyelid, another symptom in children can be when the creases in the upper eyelids do not line up evenly between the eyes. Children with ptosis often tip their head back or force their eyebrows open to overcome the drooping eyelid.
If not addressed, ptosis in children can also lead to other vision problems such as lazy eye, crossed eyes, and better vision in one eye over the other.
What causes ptosis?
In adults, ptosis is usually caused when the levator muscle stretches or separates from the eyelid. This if often simply due to aging, as the skin and muscles become more slack with time. But this problem can also be a side effect after eye surgery such as LASIK or cataract surgery.
How is ptosis surgery done?
Ptosis won’t correct itself, so surgery is the basic solution. In adults, the levator muscle usually needs to be adjusted. Where there is also excess, saggy skin, we will perform eyelid surgery to remove the excess skin and tighten the underlying muscles. If the levator muscle has separated from the eyelids, we reattach it.
In children, it may be necessary to treat other conditions such as lazy eye before dealing with the ptosis. Each case is unique, and we weight the various factors involved.
If you’re concerned about a drooping eyelid, call the team at Consultants in Ophthalmic and Facial Plastic Surgery, 248-357-5100, and let’s check it out.
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