Ptosis

Many men and women assume that all eyelid changes are caused by age. In reality, age-related eyelid changes are quite different from ptosis, which is a medical condition that affects the shape and function of your eyelids.

If you’ve noticed your eyelids becoming puffy or sagging over time, you likely have a condition known as dermatochalasis. This is a normal part of aging and can be corrected through a procedure called blepharoplasty that removes excess skin and fat deposits.

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Ptosis involves drooping eyelids caused by changes in the tiny muscles that control your eyelid function. Aging is one cause of ptosis, but other factors can lead to the condition, including:
  • Nerve damage
  • Injury
  • Certain diseases
  • Certain eye surgeries
  • Tumors

Understanding the cause of your eyelid changes is an important part of creating your customized treatment plan.

Can kids have ptosis?

Children can also experience ptosis due to a congenital defect. If you notice your child’s eyelids seem to be lower than normal or don’t seem to open and close properly, schedule an appointment with Dr. Sohrab for a comprehensive evaluation.

Left untreated, some kids can develop a “lazy eye,” also called amblyopia. If drooping eyelids interfere with vision, long-term damage can be done. Astigmatism, crossed eyes, and blurry vision are all possible outcomes.

Some kids with ptosis will try to lift their eyebrows to raise their eyelids and improve vision. Your child might also tilt their head back to make it easier to see, which can cause lasting neck and head problems.

Not all cases of childhood ptosis need surgical intervention. Dr. Sohrab is trained to evaluate your child’s vision and eyelid function to determine the best possible course of action.

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How is ptosis treated?

The primary treatment path for ptosis is surgery to restore optimal muscle function. Dr. Sohrab has extensive experience in these procedures and can help you find lasting relief.

During surgery, Dr. Sohrab removes any excess skin and adjusts the muscles that lift and close your eyelids. The degree of adjustment depends on your specific set of needs.

This procedure is performed using local anesthetic, and you’ll be able to return home the same day. Be sure to share the full details of your health history with Dr. Sohrab prior to your procedure, as certain medical conditions and drug therapies can lead to complications during and after eyelid surgery.

To learn more about this innovative treatment option, call or book an appointment online today.

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