Ptosis: Droopy Upper Eyelids

Eye HealthNot many people have heard of ptosis. As a result, not everyone who has ptosis can identify that they have it, and this lack of knowledge is what prevents them from seeking treatment. Therefore, we’ll discuss ptosis here. Ptosis is an eye condition that causes your upper eyelids to droop. Signs that you have ptosis include overactive tear ducts, difficulty closing your eyes or blinking, and impaired vision. Continue reading below.

How Common Is Ptosis?

Ptosis is rare. The most prevalent type of ptosis is congenital ptosis. Congenital ptosis only occurs in one out of 824 births.

Ptosis can be caused by factors such as:

  • Genetics.
  • Tumor (benign or malignant).
  • Eye surgery.
  • Stroke.
  • Migraines.
  • Weakness in the muscular tissue above your eyes.
  • Trauma to the brain or facial muscles.
  • Age.

Is Ptosis a Serious Condition?

Ptosis is not life-threatening. By itself, it should not do more than obstruct your peripheral vision in some cases. However, your particular case of ptosis may be caused by a serious medical condition, such as a neurological disorder. Therefore, you should not assume that ptosis is merely an aesthetic inconvenience or a condition that is best treated by a cosmetic surgeon. If you have ptosis, then you should speak with an eye doctor first.

Is Upper Eyelid Surgery Worth It?

Studies have shown that ptosis can have a minor to severe appearance. If your upper eyelid droops by one to two millimeters, it is minimal. If it droops by three to four millimeters, it is moderate. If it droops by more than four millimeters, it is severe as nearly your entire vision is obstructed.

Whether you should get upper eyelid surgery is ultimately your decision. However, many healthcare providers would agree that reconstructive surgery is a wise decision if your vision has become impaired or your quality of life has been negatively impacted.

Everett, WA, Ptosis Treatment Experts

It is essential to your health and recovery that you speak with a ptosis medical practitioner who has years of experience. Otherwise, it is easy for physicians to misdiagnose your condition. Physicians Eye Clinic in Everett, Washington, has accurately diagnosed and treated ptosis for many years. You can trust our expertise. If you’re ready to schedule a consultation, call us at 425-259-2020.

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