What Is Ptosis and What Treatment Options Are Available?

portrait of charming relaxed middle aged woman applies face creamIf you notice the closing of your eyes due to drooping upper eyelids, you may be struggling with a condition known as ptosis. Dr. Daniel Tresley of Northbrook, IL, can help you better understand the condition and what can be done to correct it.

What Is Ptosis?

Ptosis is a specific medical condition in which the eyelid droops down, sometimes interfering with vision. It is caused by either a weakening of the muscle responsible for keeping the lid up or an imbalance between the muscles that work to close the eyes. The amount of ptosis can vary greatly. Mild cases can develop where only a small portion of the eyelid is affected. Severe cases result in significant portions of both upper lids are affected. Ptosis may even cause complete closure of one or both eyes.

What Causes Ptosis?

Ptosis may occur at any age but is more prevalent in men and women over 40 years old. It is sometimes caused by an underlying neurological disorder, and in rare cases, can results as a congenital birth defect or the result of trauma to the eye area. For some, it may be the result of the natural process of aging.

How Is Ptosis Treated?

The treatment for patients with ptosis varies depending on the specific cause and the severity of the condition. Mild cases are managed using lifestyle changes and eye drops that help to reduce swelling in the eyelids. Surgery is usually recommended for more severe cases when simple treatments fail or if there is a risk of vision loss due to obstruction from the drooping lid. This surgery involves tightening the muscle responsible for raising the eyelid or, in some cases, grafting tissue to lift the drooping lid. The surgery is usually successful in restoring full vision and the normal appearance of the eyes. With treatment, most can restore vision to its original state.

How Do I Find Out if I Am a Good Candidate for Eyelid Surgery?

If you are seeking a board-certified ophthalmologist skilled and experienced in providing ophthalmic plastic surgery, call Dr. Daniel S. Tresley and his team today! The office is located in Northbrook, IL and can be reached by phone at 847-773-0679.

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