Ptosis is a condition when one eyelid is lower than the other or even both eyelids can appear droopy. Not to be confused with excess skin, the lid itself is actually lower than it should be. This gives the appearance of being sleepy or tired and may even interfere with your vision.
There are many causes including age related weakening of the muscle (the most common cause), congenital weakness, trauma, or sometimes neurologic disease. Children may be born with ptosis or may acquire it due to trauma or neurologic reasons. As we age, the tendon that attaches the levator muscle (the major muscle that lifts the eyelid) can stretch and cause the eyelid to fall. The cause can usually be determined by our in-office evaluation.
There are a variety of procedures to correct ptosis, and the one appropriate for you will be discussed during the evaluation. The procedure is done in our own ambulatory surgery center. It generally takes 20-40 minutes, after which the eye is patched shut for several hours. The post-operative discomfort is minimal.
Your insurance will generally pay for Ptosis procedures if they interfere with your vision.