Ptosis is an eye condition that causes the eyelid to hang over the eye. In mild cases, only a small portion of the eye is covered, and more advanced cases involve an eyelid that covers approximately half of the eye. Because the field of vision may be affected, ptosis treatment is considered as both cosmetic and medical.
What Causes Ptosis?
In younger patents, ptosis is considered a genetic condition. The muscles that control the eyelid may not fully develop. In adults, the condition may be caused by muscle atrophy due to age or trauma to the eye that damages the muscles. Some types of eye surgeries may result in adult ptosis.
Does Ptosis Require Treatment?
Treatment for ptosis in children is recommended if the condition significantly interferes with vision or if the cosmetic effects of ptosis are causing a child to have issues with self-esteem. Surgery is recommended for most cases of childhood ptosis.
Adults who develop ptosis that is not congenital should be evaluated by Dr. Tresley to determine the nature of the muscular abnormality and benefits of treatment.
How is Ptosis Corrected?
Ptosis treatment for children involves several considerations, such as the child’s age and characteristics of the eyelid and associated muscles. Surgery for childhood ptosis aims to strengthen the muscles. Dr. Tresley also recommends routine eye exams for children with a history of ptosis.
Treating ptosis in adults may involve changes to the muscles, as well as removing excess skin from the eyelid.
What Happens After Ptosis Surgery?
Healing from ptosis surgery may take up to four months. Some general guidelines for proper healing are:
- Apply cold compresses for the first three to four days and then use warm compresses
- Monitor the area for any signs of changed vision, abnormal healing, and infection
- Use lubricating eyedrops before going to bed
- Avoid wearing contact lenses and wearing makeup for the first few weeks
- Rest at home for at least one week
Learn More About Ptosis Treatment. Contact Dr. Daniel Tresley.
To learn more about treatments for ptosis, orbital conditions, tearing disorders and our other services, contact Dr. Daniel Tresley to schedule an appointment at our Chicago-area office located in Northbrook. You can also contact us directly at (847) 291-6900.