Are you considering surgery for your drooping eyelids? Thousands of people around the world seek treatment for drooping eyelids, also known as ptosis, every year. As with any elective or medically necessary procedure, it’s always best to make an informed decision.
Ptosis, aka droopy eyelids, refers to an eyelid that is droopy and interfering with superior vision. The excess eyelid skin weighs down the eyelid causing hooding and cutting off peripheral vision. This can affect one or both eyes and can affect adults and children.
This medical condition usually results from gradual weakening of the eyelid muscle. In children it can result from a congenital defect causing a weak eyelid muscle. Ptosis can also result from certain neurologic conditions and trauma.
Treatments & Recovery
During ptosis treatment, excess fat and other soft tissue is removed from the upper eyelid to eliminate the “droopy” look. The procedure takes about 30 minutes and recovery usually takes up to five days.
Is it the same thing as lazy eye?
In children, ptosis can be commonly considered to be a form of lazy eye and if the droop is low enough to cover the pupil and block vision, then amblyopia, a second form of lazy eye can occur. Surgical repair for a more open eye results in light reaching the retina and better vision.
Is correcting ptosis medically necessary or purely cosmetic?
Ptosis can be purely cosmetic. However, most patients find that by the time they seek treatment, the condition does have a noticeable effect on eyesight. In these cases, correction of the issue becomes medically necessary and may be covered by insurance.