Do you have problems with your eyelids lately? Have you noticed that your eyelids are drooping? You may have a case of ptosis. Ptosis is a condition where your upper eyelid is drooping downward. If you are having symptoms of ptosis, we have the best ophthalmologist at Doral Health and Wellness – Ophthalmology Center that you can contact.
The main symptom of ptosis is when your eyelids droop or sag. It can affect one or both of your eyelids, it can also affect your vision. In some cases, the droop in your eyelids is unnoticeable and doesn’t cause pain. Some other times, you may also experience extremely dry or watery eyes and notice that your face looks restless and very tired. If you have severe ptosis, you will notice that you will have to tilt your head back in order to properly see at all times.
Congenital ptosis is the type of condition that is already present at birth. It can cause vision problems and amblyopia, also known as lazy eye. In a study done in 2013, researchers noted that 1 in 7 patients with ptosis has lazy eyes.
Ptosis can also develop later in life.
One of the most common causes of ptosis is when your eyes experience accidental stretching and/or tearing. Some of the damage that can cause ptosis in your eyes can include:
· Eye surgery
· Excessive rubbing of the eyes
· Using rigid contact lenses
Some of the causes of acquired ptosis can also include:
· Eyelid tumors
· Neurological problems
· Muscular problems
· Horner’s syndrome
· Eye trauma
· Nerve damage in the muscles of the eyes
· Botox injections
Although this condition can happen in infants, it is more common in older adults because they are going through the natural aging process. The levator muscle, which is responsible for lifting your eyelids, stretches as you age, which then results in the falling of your eyelids.
There are also medical conditions that increase your risk of developing droopy eyelids.
· If your eyelids are drooping, especially if it affects both of your eyelids, it could be a sign of an underlying medical condition.
· If only one of your eyelids is affected, it could be a result of nerve injury. A LASIK or cataract surgery could be the culprit of this kind of ptosis development.
· In some cases, your ptosis could also be the result of a more serious condition, such as a brain tumor, cancer of the nerves or muscles, and stroke.
The treatment for your ptosis will depend on the specific cause and severity of your condition.
· If your condition is a result of age, then there is nothing that needs to be done since the condition is most probably not harmful to your health. But you can opt for plastic surgery if you really want to reduce the drooping of your eyelids.
· If your condition is caused by an underlying medical condition, you will likely be treated for that condition first. Once your other medical condition is treated, the drooping of your eyelid would typically stop.
· If your condition is caused by a temporary condition, a ptosis crutch could be an option. This is a type of glass that holds the eyelids up. This type of glasses is recommended if you are not a good candidate for surgery.
· If your condition is blocking your vision, then you will most probably need surgery. During this procedure, your levator muscle will be tightened in order to lift the eyelid up into its desired position.
There is no way to prevent ptosis. But knowing the symptoms and having regular eye checkups can help you reduce the risk of developing this condition.
Make sure that you seek medical intervention immediately once you notice symptoms of ptosis to prevent further vision problems. Our specialists at Doral Health and Wellness Ophthalmology Center will help you with your diagnosis and the treatment plan fit for you. We aim to provide the best quality eye care services in Brooklyn. Our specialist and his team are very committed to providing the highest level of care for all his patients. To book an appointment with our specialist, you can visit us at 1797 Pitkin Avenue, Brooklyn, New York, or call us at 347-868-1060. You can also visit our website at https://www.ophthalmologybrooklyn.com and book an appointment online.