Ptosis means drooping of one or both the eyelids. A patient may have droopy eyelids since birth or may develop this condition later in life, depending on the cause.
Ptosis or drooping lids may pose a visual problem if the lid comes far down enough to affect the central part of vision and obstruct the visual axis. In children, this may have a devastating effect since they may develop lazy eye that is, the vision in that eye would fail to develop due to lack of visual stimulus.
Drooping of eyelids may involve one or both eyes. If both eyes are involved, the level of the droop may be symmetrical or asymmetrical, and may require surgery simultaneously or at different times.
In adults, it is important to first rule out neurological diseases, which may be treated medically, before planning a surgical option. Your doctor will assess the condition clinically and guide you accordingly. You may be advised to get relevant investigations which may include certain specific blood tests and scans before planning a surgical procedure. In some cases only medical treatment may be needed.
After performing certain measurements of the drooping eyelid, your eye surgeon will recommend an appropriate course of action which may or may not include surgery to pull up the drooped lid to restore its natural position. This again, would depend on the cause of the drooping, the age at which it occured and the extent of the deviation or change from normal position.
The procedure for correction of drooping eyelids is a day suregry procedure that does not require hospitalization, is painless and delivers excellent cosmetic and functional results.
Author Dr. S. Aisha Bokhari
Dr. S. Aisha Bokhari is The Eye Center’s Consultant Ophthalmologist, Anterior Segment & Oculoplastic surgeon. She has expertise in Pediatric and Adult ophthalmology including cataract surgery, strabismus (squint) surgery, oculoplastics, aesthetic or cosmetic surgery and trauma repair. She is exceptionally well trained in a vast array of micro surgical ocular procedures, including phacoemulsification, cornea and refractive surgery as well as other anterior segment surgeries including plastic surgery of the eyelids..
With a special interest in oculoplastics, she has clinical expertise in peri-ocular cosmesis, including Botox injections for upper face conditions such as frown lines, crows feet, hemifacial spasms. In addition she does a wide variety of plastic surgical procedures on the eyelid and surrounding the eye lid area with exceptional skill and expertise
Dr. Bokhari holds a Fellowship in Ophthalmology from the College of Physicians and Surgeons, Pakistan and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons, Glasgow (United Kingdom).
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