Ptosis (Droopy Eyelids)
Ptosis describes a low eyelid, usually caused from weakness of the muscle that lifts the eyelid.
Ptosis is a separate condition from dermatochalasis, or excess eyelid skin. In ptosis, the entire eyelid is in a lower position. As with dermatochalasis, ptosis can cause significant effects on peripheral vision. When vision is significantly impaired, insurance may cover ptosis surgery.
Most commonly caused by aging that weakens the eyelid muscle, ptosis can also be caused by genetic weakness, trauma or injury, certain neurological diseases, or weakness after cataract surgery. Ptosis in young children can lead to permanent loss of vision if not treated.
Patients suffering from ptosis may have:
- Impaired vision
- Trouble keeping eyelids open
- Headaches and fatigue from arching eyebrows to compensate for reduced vision
Ptosis may be repaired by tightening the muscle that lifts the eyelid, either through an incision hidden in the eyelid crease or an incision on the inside of the eyelid. The procedure takes about 30 minutes and can be done with local anesthesia in an office setting or in the operating room with IV sedation. Postoperative discomfort is minimal, and most patients can expect to return to normal activities within a week. Stitches are removed at a postoperative visit, usually about a week after the procedure, and most patients can resume wearing makeup and contacts at that time. Cosmetic excision of upper and lower eyelid skin and fat may be performed along with ptosis surgery.
Dr. McCracken will meet with you to assess your individual situation and discuss any possible risks that you may experience. Request an appointment online or call the McCracken Eye and Face Institute today at 720-851-6600 to set up an appointment for a consultation with Dr. Michael McCracken.