Ptosis is a drooping of the upper eyelid. Ptosis can restrict and even block normal vision in some cases. The lid may drop slightly or entirely cover the pupil. It can affect both children and adults and can be treated surgically.
Congenital ptosis is frequently caused by a lack of development of the levator muscle, which lifts the eyelid. A child born with it may also have:
If your child has ptosis, please have them evaluated as soon as possible. Your child is susceptible to vision issues.
Ptosis Surgery is the most common treatment for childhood ptosis. If amblyopia is present, treatment with patching, eyeglasses, or eye drops may be required. An ophthalmologist must consider a few important factors in determining whether or not eyelid ptosis surgery is necessary and which procedure is the most appropriate:
Separating or stretching the levator muscle tendon from the eyelid is the most common cause of ptosis in adults. This procedure may take place:
Adult ptosis can also be caused by other diseases that affect the levator muscle or its nerve supply, such as neurologic and muscular diseases and, in rare cases, orbital tumours.
If treatment is required, it is typically surgical. A small tuck in the lifting muscle and the removal of excess eyelid skin can sometimes raise the lid sufficiently. More severe ptosis necessitates levator muscle reattachment and strengthening.