What is ptosis and how is it managed?

Patients who notice a drooping of the eyelid on one or both sides of the face may be dealing with a condition known as ptosis. Ptosis is a muscular problem where the muscles in the upper eyelids become weak and unable to hold the eyelid open. In most cases, ptosis is an age-related condition that naturally occurs with time, though there are other reasons why it may develop. The causes of ptosis may include:

  • Stroke
  • Bell’s palsy
  • Diabetes
  • Stye or other growth in the eyelid
  • Horner syndrome
  • Tumors

In cases where the condition has been caused by a tumor, growth, or other known condition, treatment of the problem will often resolve ptosis. However, in patients where it impacts the field of vision because of the eyelid blockage will want to speak to a professional about treatment.

Southside Eye Care offers treatment options for ptosis

In cases where ptosis is severe and is caused by muscle weakness, the most effective treatment option is surgery with blepharoplasty. Blepharoplasty is a surgical procedure where the muscles in the eyelids are tightened and excess skin on the eyelid is removed to avoid blockage of one’s field of vision. In doing so, it not only opens up one’s vision but can make a patient look more youthful and awake instead of tired or angry. This procedure is done at our practice for medical purposes, but can have cosmetic advantages as well!

Who needs surgical treatment?

In most cases, ptosis is not a medical concern. However, if it begins to block one’s field of vision and impact their ability to perform daily tasks, it may be treated to improve one’s quality of life.

Learn more about ptosis at Southside Eye Care

Chesapeake, VA patients who are dealing with sagging upper eyelids are welcome to speak to the team at Southside Eye Care about treatment. The practice is located at 3206 Churchland Boulevard and can be reached by phone to book an appointment at (757) 484-0101. We encourage patients in and around the community to schedule time with our team for an evaluation and to discuss possible solutions for this and other eye conditions.


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