Ptosis in Everett, WA
What is Ptosis?
Ptosis is condition that results in a drooping of the upper eyelid that can restrict peripheral vision. The brow muscles usually become overactive to compensate for the droopy eyelid, which results in “tired” eyes. While it is often the result of aging, some people develop ptosis after eye surgery or an injury, and sometimes the condition is congenital.
Due to the fact that ptosis may be present due to serious causes, patients with this disorder should be checked by one of the medical professionals at Physicians Eye Clinic in Everett, WA to determine whether or not treatment is necessary, and if so, what kind of treatment would be best.
What are the Causes of Ptosis?
Ptosis is caused by an abnormality or weakness in the eyelid muscles (levator and mullers muscles). This can be congenital (occurring at birth) or acquired due to aging or neurogenic, myogenic, or mechanical reasons. In some cases, it may simply be caused by loose skin on the upper eyelid.
Sometimes, however, the reason behind a case of ptosis is more troubling. In addition to the possibility of the disorder occurring as a congenital condition, or as a consequence of an injury or surgery, ptosis may be caused by:
- Migraine headache
- Growth in the eyelid, such as a stye
- Bell’s Palsy
- Myasthenia gravis
- Horner syndrome
- Benign or malignant tumor
In rare instances, ptosis can occur due to a brain tumor or other malignancy that affects the reactions of muscles or nerves.
Ptosis presents as the drooping of one or both eyelids, and is sometimes accompanied by one or more of the following symptoms:
- Increased tear production
- Difficulty blinking or closing the eye
- Reduced vision (with severe drooping)
Since ptosis caused by aging is usually gradual, a sudden onset of symptoms is greater cause for concern. If you are concerned you may be experiencing symptoms, please call Physicians Eye Clinic today to schedule an appointment.
Ptosis is usually diagnosed by an ophthalmologist, who can also usually determine the cause of the problem. In order to perform a comprehensive eye examination, the doctor may test visual acuity, perform visual field testing, a slit-lamp examination, and/or a tension test for myasthenia gravis.
If there is a suspicion of an underlying systemic disease, the patient will be referred to an internist or other physician for further investigation prior to treatment.
What is the Droopy Eye Treatment?
Treatment depends on the type of ptosis you have. The most common type is age-related, which requires that the levator muscles are repaired in order to raise the upper lid.
Patients may seek treatment for droopy eyelids for cosmetic or medical purposes. Severe drooping may obstruct vision as the eyelid gradually droops lower and lower, eventually covering the eye. If ptosis interferes with a patient’s vision, a blepharoplasty will be performed to eliminate the drooping. Many young patients with mild to moderate cases should be examined regularly to check for other vision problems including amblyopia, refractive errors and muscular diseases.
How Does Droopy Eye Treatment Help Sagging Eyes?
At the time of the eyelid surgery, any excess skin is excised, which makes the eyes not look as saggy any more. Contact Physicians Eye Clinic today for more information or to schedule a consultation.