Ptosis is a drooping of one eyelid, or in some cases both eyelids. It may be barely noticeable, or it may be so pronounced that it interferes with proper vision.
In addition to the sagging of the eyelids, ptosis may cause patients to have constant watering in the eyes. Ptosis may also cause problems closing the eyes and blinking. In some cases, especially with very pronounced ptosis, patients may experience decreased vision. People suffering from ptosis may notice that their symptoms worsen when they haven't had a sufficient sleep or when they are physically exhausted.
Ptosis occurs for several different reasons, but aging is the most common. The skin naturally loses elasticity over time, and sometimes the eyelids can be one of the most obvious examples. Some babies are born with ptosis, and other people suddenly develop ptosis after they are injured. In some rare cases, a person may develop ptosis after having eye surgery. Some diabetes patients and people with disorders such as Myasthenia gravis and Horner syndrome can also develop ptosis as part of their disease symptoms.
The treatment for ptosis depends, in part, on why the patient is seeking the treatment. For people who want ptosis correction for purely cosmetic reasons, the doctor can perform an eyelid surgery to correct the sagging and make the eyelids look proportional. For people dealing with vision problems as a result of ptosis, an eyelid surgery can first be done to correct the drooping and then any remaining vision problems can be addressed through other vision correction surgery or treatment methods. In many cases, the eyelid surgery will remove the obstacle that caused the vision problems, and further treatment may not be necessary.
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