Mark A. Baskin, MD, FACS
Ophthalmologist located in Los Angeles, Encino, CA
Encino, CA residents who suffer from ptosis are often unhappy with the drooping of their eyelids. The condition may impact both appearance and vision. Dr. Mark Baskin is a trusted local ophthalmologist who can correct ptosis through surgery.
Ptosis Q & A
What is Ptosis?
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.
What Are The Signs Of Ptosis?
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.
Why Does Ptosis Occur?
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.
How Is Ptosis Treated?
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.
Accepted Insurance Providers
Our practice accepts most major insurance plans and most of the smaller insurance plans. If we do not participate with your insurance, and your plan allows out of network benefits, our office staff will assist you with the necessary paperwork so you can receive reimbursement directly from your insurance company. If you do not see your insurance listed below, please call the office to speak with one of our knowledgeable staff members about your individual coverage.
Words from our patients
"I could not believe my good luck in finding such a caring doctor, both before and after surgery. Thank you."
"He has excellent bedside manner and I have recommended him to anyone I know that needs an ophthalmologist. He is a doctor that truly cares about his patients."
"You'll never find a more knowledgeable doctor than Dr. Baskin, and his knowledge is only matched by his compassion. If you want the best in eye care, call Dr. Baskin!"
"I just want to say "thanks..." the surgery on my eyelids was a great success and it is a pleasure to read again without seeing double vision."
"There was no pain, and I had a quick recovery. I would do it again in a minute! When you have just celebrated your 53rd birthday, these comments are especially welcome!"
"I just wanted you to know how I appreciate the way you applied your skill in doing my eyes. I am extremely pleased with the result and the way you handled everything."
"At 53 I feel prettier than I ever did as a young adult. More importantly, the surgery has turned me into an attractive, self-confident woman. You are a creative genius."
"I am so glad I found you. I would recommend you and your laser procedure to anyone. My only regret is that I didn't find you sooner!"