Ptosis—a visible “droop” in one or both eyelids—is a common and often easily remedied condition. In cases of ptosis, the upper eyelid drops down so it’s lower than normal. Depending on the severity of a patient’s ptosis, the upper eyelid can sink to cover some or even all of the pupil. This can negatively impact vision and cause significant issues beyond just the cosmetic.
Causes of Ptosis
Ptosis may be present since birth or may develop over time. In either instance, ptosis may be an isolated eyelid condition, or it may indicate other medical issues such as muscular, nerve, brain or eye socket problems. If ptosis presents rapidly—over a few days or hours—it’s often a sign of more severe issues.
Aging is the most common cause of ptosis. When eyelid tissue stretches over time, it can leave patients with less tension in their upper lids which leads to visible droopiness.
Initial In-Office Assessments
During your initial consultation, Dr. Linder will assess your eyes, eyelids and vision, reviewing the severity of droopiness and screening for any other underlying issues. At this time, it’s important to share any other issues with Dr. Linder such as double vision, weakness in your arms or legs, difficulty speaking or swelling, breathing troubles and fatigue. These may indicate your ptosis is tied to other medical conditions which may require additional intervention.
In cases of congenital ptosis, surgery is recommended sooner rather than later to prevent future vision issues. Most children born with ptosis have eye surgery around age five.
For age-related ptosis, Dr. Linder can perform a simple plastic surgery procedure to raise your eyelid(s). This is an outpatient surgery that requires local or IV anesthesia and offers a quick recovery time.
Eyelid surgery tends to have a relatively short recovery with positive results. Droopiness can be corrected quickly, with typically minimal scarring and a simple post-op lubricant regimen to prevent dryness.
If ptosis is related to other underlying conditions, Dr. Linder will work with you and your medical team to determine the right next steps to cure existing conditions including eyelid droopiness.
What to Do For Sudden Eyelid Droopyness
If you or a loved one experiences rapid droopiness in one or both eyes, get in touch immediately. Ptosis can emerge over days or even hours—often, this is a sign of a more severe medical condition that requires immediate intervention.
Contact Dr. Linder or your general practitioner if you experience a sudden and visible “droop” in one or both eyelids accompanied by:
- Double vision
- Difficulty speaking or swallowing
- Breathing trouble
- Redness or pain in one or both eyes
- Weakened facial muscles
- Weakness in your arms or legs
- Bulging eye(s)
- Difficulty moving your eye(s)
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