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Ptosis

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Ptosis

Ptosis is when the upper eyelid droops over the eye. This droop may be a little or might cover your pupil. Thus it could limit or block your vision.

Ptosis in children

Children born with ptosis are called congenital ptosis. Generally caused by problems with the muscle that lifts the eyelid.

A child with ptosis may

  • top their head back.
  • Lift up their chin.
  • raise their eyebrows to try to see better.

Incase your child has ptosis, please get them evaluated at the earliest. Your child is at a risk for vision problems.

  • If the child’s eyelid droops so much that it blocks vision - it can lead to amblyopia (called lazy eye).
  • One eye will have better vision than the other as well. There could be difficulty in fusion of images as well.
  • A child with ptosis can have astigmatism, where they see blurry images.
  • A Squint can also develop.

Treatment

Finding out the unde rlying cause of ptosis is very important. Once that is established, surgery is the best option for children.

Other associated problems with ptosis should also be treated simultaneously.

Ptosis in Adults

Ptosis in adults generally occurs when there is a weakness of the eyelid muscle. The Levator muscle stretches or separates away from the eyelid. Old age or an eye injury is generally the cause for ptosis. There are diseases or tumors that could also lead to ptosis. So if there is a development of ptosis, a through examination should be conducted.

Treatment

Again, finding the underlying cause is of utmost importance. A small surgery is usually done to correct and strengthen the weaker muscle.

VissionTip : Any abnormal finding in your childs or your own eyes, should be screened by your Ophthalmologist at the earliest. Any underlying cause, should be evaluated and treated accordingly.

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