Do you or your child suffer from droopy eyelids? Did you know that droopy eyelids can be a thing of the past with Ptosis (pronounced toe-sis) surgery? This type of surgery is necessary when the eyelid droops and blocks your vision. The lowering of the upper eyelid can cause either partially or a completely obstructed pupil. Ptosis can be so sever that people often have difficulty keeping their eyelids open. This forces them to sometimes arch their eyebrows in an effort to raise the drooping eyelid. In severe cases, people with Ptosis may need to lift their eyelids with their fingers in order to see.
Ptosis surgery consists of removing the excess skin (called a blepharoplasty) and/or a small tuck in the muscle that lifts you eyelid (called levator advancement). In severe cases of Ptosis, when the levator muscle is extremely weak, a “sling” operation may be performed, enabling the forehead muscles to elevate the eyelid(s).
Some children who have severe Ptosis or drooping of the eyelid have to have a brow suspension where the muscle of the forehead is used to lift the eyelid. We will be happy to discuss the procedure that is best for you or your child. Contact our office for more information.
If you’re considering correcting your Ptosis give us a call and we can discuss the best option for you or your child. Dr. Charlotte Akor is a board certified ophthalmologist who knows the anatomy and structure of the eyelids and orbit, she also has had extensive training in ophthalmic reconstructive surgery.