Droopy Eyelids - Causes, Symptoms and Treatment

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One of the most common causes for ptosis (droopy eyelids) in is stretching of aponeurosis tendon over time as we age, known as involutional ptosis. The movement of the eyelid is not affected because the levator muscle isn’t damaged and is working as usual.

Reasons for the disease:

  •     Wearing contact lenses over a long period of time can cause ptosis, due to the frequent insertion and removal of the lens which can stretch the surrounding tissue.
  •     Sometimes ptosis is caused after an injury or an eye surgery
  •     The eyelid may droop if there is some nerve problems in the muscle

Ptosis symptoms  to make you aware:

The most noticeable sign of ptosis is the drooping eyelid or eyelids. People with ptosis may experience poor vision. Sometimes to make up for that, people tilt their heads back and try to adjust so they can see under the lid or raise their eyebrows frequently in an attempt to lift up the eyelids. The problem varies from person to person.

What are the consequences of ptosis:

  •     The upper lid drops.
  •     Poor eye sight
  •     Headache
  •     One or both the lids may be affected

What are the goals of the surgery?

The surgery is aimed to lift the eyelid enough to stop the ptosis causing problems with vision.

How do we find that the surgery is successful?

  •     The eyelid sits at its normal position
  •     The level matches with the other lid level
  •     The eyes closes fully and the patient feels comfortable

Treatments for Ptosis:

Mild ptosis may not require any treatments. If it’s a later stage, surgery may be a fruit of success. The doctor will first examine the eyes to see if they are healthy because the ptosis surgery isn’t recommended for people with certain eye diseases. There are several operations under this disease and which one is performed depends upon the severeness of the disease, examples are the aponeurosis advancement and the Muller’s muscle resection, your doctor will explain the procedures to you in great detail if it applies to your situation. Since this is a very sensitive area it is suggested that you look for qualified surgeons with a lot of experience. You can read about symptoms and droopy eyelid treatment at Kowayo in Singapore. They have a lot of experience in this field and can certainly help with your condition.

Benefits of ptosis surgery:

  •     The improvement in the upper section of the patient’s field of vision
  •     Restoring the eyelid’s normal look
  •     Achieving symmetry in both eyelids

Congential ptosis:

It is caused by drooping of one or both eyelids, since birth. This is caused by the lacking development in the levator muscle which causes it to be weaker than normal. Children with congential ptosis may also have to squint eyes or be in need of glasses to correct their sight deficiency.

How to treat congenital ptosis:

If the condition is severe and the child is affected by the vision, it might be required to undergo surgery in the first year or two of the baby which would allow for his or her vision to develop properly from that point forward.

So if you think you may have droopy eyelids, you can compare a recent photo of your face with a photo from years ago (ten or twenty for example) and you’ll very likely notice a difference in the skin of the eyelids. So stitch in time saves nine, in the same way if you feel that your vision fades, diagnose at the earliest and get it checked by the doctor and live a healthy and pleasant life ahead.