Ptosis is an eye condition that could potentially impact your sight. The condition can occur in any age, but is more common in older people. If you have recently been diagnosed with ptosis, here is what you need to know.
What Is Ptosis?
Ptosis is a condition that causes the eyelid to droop. In some instances, the droop is unnoticed and does not impact sight. In other cases, the droop is very noticeable and can lead to difficulty seeing. The drooping lid occurs when your eyelid muscles have trouble lifting it. As you age, the muscles can start to weaken and the eyelids begin to stretch, which gives a drooping effect.
Other causes of ptosis include a neurological disorder or systemic disease. Some children are born with the condition.
How Is It Treated?
Some cases of ptosis do not require treatment. If the eyelid is not causing visual problems, your doctor might not recommend treatment. If you are worried about the impact it has on your appearance, you can discuss treatment with your doctor.
In the event that the condition does cause visual problems, you can undergo blepharoplasty. Blepharoplasty, or eyelid surgery, involves removing excess skin and fat from the upper and lower lids. The procedure is usually performed on an outpatient basis. Once the procedure is completed, your doctor will monitor you for a few hours in-office for signs of complications. After the time has passed, you can return home to recover.
What Can You Do?
Your recovery time can be impacted by how well you care for your eyes when you return home. It is important that you use the eye drops prescribed by your doctor. Eye drops are recommended to help alleviate dryness that occurs after the procedure.
You also need to avoid rubbing your eyes and wearing contact lenses. Talk to your doctor about how long you should wait to wear your contacts again. Swelling is a possibility following the procedure. If you do experience swelling, you can use ice packs to help control it. You should also avoid exposing your eyes to sunlight until recovery is complete. Wear sunglasses when outdoors to protect your eyes. If you experience any discomfort, you can take an over-the-counter pain reliever, such as ibuprofen.
Ptosis is a highly treatable condition. Talk to your eye doctor like one from Brandon Cataract Center & Eye Clinic about any concerns you have about your condition or the treatment. He or she can assess your condition and determine if it is necessary to undergo eyelid surgery or not.