What Is Ptosis? Understanding Eyelid Drooping and Its Causes

A close-up shot of a blue eyePtosis is a condition characterized by the abnormal drooping of one or both upper eyelids. This condition can affect individuals of all ages, from birth (congenital ptosis) to older adults (acquired ptosis). 

The severity of ptosis can vary, ranging from a slight sagging of the eyelid to a complete closure that obstructs vision. Understanding the causes and implications of ptosis can help you seek appropriate treatment.

What Is Ptosis?

Ptosis occurs when the muscles responsible for lifting the eyelid (the levator muscle) weaken or when the nerves controlling these muscles are damaged. This results in the eyelid drooping downward.

Ptosis can affect one or both eyes. The condition can also interfere with vision, especially if the drooping is severe enough to cover the pupil.

Understanding Eyelid Drooping and Its Causes

Congenital ptosis is a defect that is typically brought on by the levator muscle developing improperly. It may occasionally occur in conjunction with other hereditary disorders or syndromes. 

Surgery may be necessary for children with congenital ptosis to avoid eyesight issues. Conversely, acquired ptosis occurs later in life and may be caused by many factors.

The first cause is aging. As people age, the levator muscle can stretch and weaken, leading to drooping eyelids. This type of ptosis is known as involutional or senile ptosis.

Conditions like myasthenia gravis, which affect the muscles and nerves, can also cause ptosis. Myasthenia gravis is an autoimmune disorder that disrupts communication between nerves and muscles. It can lead to muscle weakness, including the muscles controlling the eyelids.

Damage to the nerves that control the levator muscle can result in ptosis as well. This damage can occur due to trauma, stroke, or neurological disorders.

Book Your Ptosis Treatment in Everett, WA

Ptosis can severely impact vision and appearance. Understanding the underlying causes of eyelid drooping can help you determine the most appropriate treatment protocol.

If you or a loved one is experiencing symptoms of ptosis, call us at (425) 259-2020 and schedule an appointment with Physicians Eye Clinic. Our experienced ophthalmologists are here to discuss your concerns and help you explore the best treatment options.

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