All About Eyelid Ptosis
Our bodies seamlessly perform functions on a daily basis, and we often don’t consider or appreciate these capabilities until we encounter a problem.
This is often the case with the muscles and nerves that are responsible for raising upper eyelids. When they deteriorate, weaken, or become damaged, they can allow our eyelids to droop – which is referred to as eyelid ptosis.
If you’ve noticed sagging in your lids, continue reading to learn all about eyelid ptosis, including the causes, diagnosis, and treatment.
What Is Eyelid Ptosis?
Eyelid ptosis is a condition that involves a slight to severe drooping of the upper eyelid. In extreme cases, the eyelid can cover the pupil and interfere with an individual’s vision and quality of life.
What Are the Causes of Eyelid Ptosis?
Eyelid ptosis is typically due to dysfunction or weakness in the muscles or nerves responsible for raising the eyelids.
More specifically, age, trauma, toxins, drugs, and diseases, including brain tumors, diabetes, and neurological conditions, can all impact muscles and nerves and result in upper eyelid laxity.
How is Eyelid Ptosis Diagnosed?
In order to properly diagnose eyelid ptosis, your provider will conduct a physical examination of the eyes and assess function.
A thorough medical history and description of the onset and duration of symptoms is also essential in identifying eyelid ptosis and developing a safe and effective treatment plan.
What Are Treatment Options for Eyelid Ptosis?
Most cases of eyelid ptosis can be remedied with surgical repair of the affected muscles. The procedure typically involves an upper lid incision and either reattaching muscle, shortening muscle, or suspending the muscle and lid.
Accordingly, a levator resection is a procedure that tightens and repairs the levator muscle, to alleviate drooping and lift the eyelid.
Similarly, a Muller’s muscle resection, tightens the Muller’s muscle, which is the other muscle used for eyelid-raising.
Finally, a frontalis sling utilizes the forehead muscles to elevate the eyelids.
In addition to these surgical options, Botox offers a non-invasive alternative that relaxes the muscles that are pulling the eyelid down.
To learn more about eyelid ptosis and repair, please call our office today to schedule a consultation.