What is Ptosis?
Ptosis is the medical term for a noticeable droopiness of the upper lid. It has many possible causes:
- AGE. This is the most common cause of ptosis. The muscles that elevate the eye stretch and become thinned as we age, resulting in a loss of muscle tone and an inability to raise the upper lid well. Ptosis affects both eyes, but often one eye appears worse than the other. Eye surgery, such as cataract removal, may aggravate this condition.
- CONGENITAL. Noticed at birth or shortly thereafter, congenital PTOSIS is produced by a developmental abnormality in the muscles that elevate the upper lid. Three quarters of the time it affects only one eye.
- INJURY. Automobile accidents in which passengers are hurled through the windshield often damage the delicate structures around and in the eye. Lacerations, bums, and chemical injuries may also cause this droopiness
- NEUROLOGICAL DISEASES. These are rare but must be diagnosed properly to avoid unnecessary surgery until the timing is right.
What are the Symptoms?
Symptoms are functional as well as cosmetic. Difficulty reading and driving are common complaints. Raising the entire brow with the muscles of the forehead and scalp may cause headaches and eyestrain as well.
In newborns, this problem must be addressed and treated properly to insure normal maturation of the visual system and the avoidance of amblyopia (lazy eye).
What are Possible Treatments?
Treatment is surgical, and there are a number of possible approaches. The goal is to elevate the lid to match the other side with a minimum of scars and side effects. The most discussed complication is “overdoing it” with resultant inability to close the eye completely after surgery. This creates a dry eye situation that may be difficult to manage.
In the age related form, almost invariably the untoperated eye will appear lower after a successful repair of the first eye. This is a BILATERAL condition, and this drooping in the untoperated eye is to be expected. It also may require surgery.
Do You Have Ptosis?
The best way to find out exactly what’s causing your vision problems is to make an appointment with an eye care professional. At The Eye Centers of Racine and Kenosha, we will check your eyes thoroughly to understand the reasons for your vision problems. And we’ll explain your choices for correcting the problems.
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