Thursday, 26 December 2013

Some essential facts that you must know about ptosis!

Most of us suffer from the problem of ptosis, but are rarely aware of it. This is because of the fact that we consider ptosis an aging problem, but in fact, ptosis is an abnormality of eyes!

The upper eyelid when droops causing restriction or obscuring vision leads to ptosis. It can occur at the time of birth or after the birth. Ptosis caused since birth is called congenital type and occurred after birth is called acquired Ptosis.

Besides the birth factor, there are various other reasons that contribute to the causes of ptosis. To name a few are:

  • Malfunction of nerves which control the eyelid
  • Injury caused to the eye
  • Result of diseases such as diabetes, tumors, inflammation, stroke, cancer or aneurysms

As ptosis appears same like droopiness of upper eyelid, therefore many of us may not be able to judge the difference. Symptoms that can help determine this problem is as follows:

  • Dropping of one or both eyelid is the primary symptom
  • Difficulty in reading
  • Difficulty in driving
  • Increased watering of eye
  • Eye fatigue
  • Cross or misaligned eye
  • Headaches and eyestrain

If any one of you is facing these symptoms then get it diagnosed and treated from a reliable source. Here source refers to upper eyelid surgeon who is an expert in the field.

Following is the diagnosis, treatment and surgery done by the surgeon for ptosis problem:

Finding the cause of drooping eyelid is the first thing, that surgeon needs to note before providing treatment to patient. The diagnosis part covers the height of the eyelid, strength of the eyelid muscles, evaluation of eye movements and alignment.
Ptosis cannot be improved with time only surgical operation can provide remedy to the problem. In case if left untreated can cause permanent damage of vision.
Treatment can only be provided when proper diagnosis is done. Once the causes are determined then only correction for ptosis can be made.
Surgery is the most appropriate way to correct the problem of eyelid or ptosis. On outpatient basis, patient is given anesthesia, incision is made and respective corrections are made that involves strengthening of the muscle of eyelid. Following 
surgical procedures that are commonly used to correct the problem of ptosis are:
  • Levator resection
  • Muller muscle resection
  • Frontalis sling operation

Ptosis surgery and blepharoplasty surgery are two major reconstructive surgeries that are commonly performed by the upper eyelid surgeon.

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