What is Eyelid Ptosis?
Ptosis is a condition that causes the upper eyelid to droop. Dr. Bedrossian performs ptosis correction with a remarkable technique that leaves no visible scars. Redundant eyelid skin and related conditions can restrict or even block your vision in one or both eyes. Functional blepharoplasty, a similar surgical technique used to beautify tired-looking eyes, can also correct vision impaired by eyelid obstruction.
What causes the eyelids to droop?
Most commonly the cause is benign and occurs with the aging process. It can also be the result of trauma. Rarely, more serious conditions such as stroke, brain tumor or aneurysm can cause ptosis.
Children born with ptosis have what is called congenital ptosis. This can be caused by problems with the muscle that raises the eyelid (called the levator muscle). Sometimes, a child born with ptosis can also have other eye-related problems such as a lazy eye ( amblyopia), astigmatism, crossed eyes (strabismus), or tumors on the eyelid.
Symptoms of Eyelid Ptosis
The eyelid may droop just a little, or so much that it covers the pupil (the black dot at the center of your eye that lets light in). Mild Ptosis can limit the superior field of vision, but if severe, it can completely block normal vision.
Ptosis Repair Before & After
Who is a candidate for Ptosis repair?
In most, healthy children with ptosis, Dr. Bedrossian recommends ptosis surgery. This is to either tighten the levator muscle or attach the eyelid to other muscles that can help lift the eyelid. The goal is to improve vision.
Adults with no other serious conditions, who have ptosis with or without visual symptoms are candidates for surgery,
Recovery after Ptosis repair
Ice compresses are used for 2 days. Eye ointment and lubrication eye drops are used after surgery for 2-4 weeks. Sutures (stitches) are usually removed or absorb within 2 weeks.
Are there any risks to Eyelid Ptosis surgery?
As with any type of surgery, there are possible risks and complications with ptosis repair such as overcorrection, under- correction, eyelid or crease asymmetry, dry eye syndrome, eyelid retraction, inability to close the eyes or loss of vision. Dr. Bedrossian will discuss these with you.
Will I have a scar after treatment?
After Ptosis repair surgery there will be a scar but, it is usually hidden and will fade within 3 to 6 months.