Ptosis, or drooping upper eyelids, can be caused by aging, but it can also result from a neuro-ophthalmic disorder. Ptosis can obstruct peripheral vision and greatly affect your appearance, making you appear tired, sad, or older than you are. At SightMD, we offer diagnosis and treatment for this condition, and can treat more serious health issues that may be causing ptosis. In many cases, ptosis itself can be corrected using blepharoplasty techniques.
Causes and Diagnosis
Age is the most common cause of ptosis. As you get older, your muscles and skin begin to lose elasticity, and they may begin to sag around your eyes. Patients may be born with weak eye muscles, leading them to develop ptosis at an early age. Drooping eyelids can also be a symptom of other medical conditions, such as:
- Horner syndrome: This type of nerve dysfunction may affect only one side of your face, preventing you from fully opening your eye on that side. Horner syndrome can result from a stroke or cancer.
- Myasthena gravis: This autoimmune disease blocks nerve signals and affects the muscles that control eye and eyelid movement.
- Cancer: A brain tumor and other types of cancer can affect the nerve impulses that control eyelid function.
When patients experience ptosis, the diagnostic process is extremely important, since it could uncover a much more serious condition. At SightMD, we use a number of diagnostic tests. We will analyze how the condition is affecting your sight and look for any underlying causes of your ptosis, which can involve performing blood tests, x-rays, or an MRI.
There are several ways that we can treat ptosis. The most common surgical procedure is quite similar to blepharoplasty. Your doctor will create a tiny incision concealed in your eyelid crease. Through this incision, the doctor will tighten the muscle that raises and lowers your eyelid. If you only have a mild case of ptosis, your doctor may be able to raise your muscle through an incision on the inside of your eyelid. Both of these procedures are quick outpatient surgeries. The best way to determine the right treatment for you is to schedule an appointment at SightMD.
Following your treatment, you should notice an immediate improvement in your field of vision. All three treatments have long-lasting results, and patients typically experience restored vision for the rest of their lives. Although we primarily treat ptosis to improve vision, these surgical options have significant aesthetic benefits as well. After your surgery, you may look and feel significantly younger, more alert, and more confident.