Ptosis is the drooping of the upper eyelid where the muscle that opens the eyelid (the levator aponeurosis) is stretched out or weakened. Ptosis could also be caused by a nerve problem or occur at birth. Ptosis can cause visual obstruction and tends to be difficult to live with. Upper eyelid ptosis is often seen in conjunction with dermatochalasis, which involves excess hanging skin, where both ptosis repair and an eyelid blepharoplasty would be performed. Occasionally, if the muscle is too weak, a sling procedure would be necessary, connecting the forehead muscle to the eyelid muscle to help elevate the upper eyelid.
Ptosis repair and surgical treatment
Eyelid ptosis repair is typically performed by positioning the eyelid and tightening the muscles that open the eyes from the undersurface of the eyelid, leaving no visible scars, or from the front of the eyelid if the patient is also undergoing a blepharoplasty procedure. The goal is to detach the levator muscle and reattach it further down the eyelid in order to allow a wider opening of the upper eyelid. After the surgery, the patient will be able to open and close the eye normally.
If you are struggling with drooping eyelids, consider ptosis repair to help enhance your vision. The surgical procedure is the most effective method to counteract drooping, sagging eyelids. Contact Dr. Schwarcz's office for a consultation to learn more about the severity of your condition.