Eye problems are among the most common health conditions that people deal with. They can be caused by genetics and other factors, such as age and gender. They can affect your ability to drive, read and do basic tasks. One common eye condition is ptosis Peoria or droopy eyelid
Ptosis is a condition that affects both the upper and lower eyelids. The eyelids can be lifted slightly or appear to hang lower than normal. Ptosis will usually affect only one eye or both eyes. This can occur as a result of problems with the muscles and nerves at the inner part of the eye, the third eyelid, but it can also be caused by injury to tissues around the eyes.
Several conditions may cause ptosis, which includes;
Neurological disorders: Ptosis can be caused by conditions that affect the nerves controlling eye movements, such as multiple sclerosis or stroke. Other conditions, such as Parkinson’s and cerebral palsy, can also cause ptosis.
Trauma: Injury to the orbit (eye socket) can cause a droopy eyelid. Trauma to the eye itself may cause inflammation and swelling, leading to excessive tearing or inflammation of the eyelid.
Eyelid tumors: Tumors in any part of the eye can cause ptosis because they interfere with the normal function of nearby structures or organs.
Age: The aging process can lead to ptosis due to weakening muscles that control eyelid movement. Also, as people age, their eyesight tends to deteriorate, and their peripheral vision becomes less acute. This may lead to decreased muscle tone that causes ptosis.
Treatment options for ptosis disease
The main treatment for ptosis depends on what type of ptosis you have. Here are common treatment options for ptosis;
In this procedure, the surgeon cuts a small hole in the eyelid and pulls down the upper eyelid to open it up. The surgeon then places a scleral shell into the eye socket to keep the eye in place and prevent any further drooping.
In this method, a special piece of plastic is placed over the eye socket with an elastic band around it. This allows the upper eyelid to hang freely from its normal position. It helps prevent further drooping after surgery and may be necessary if your condition has other complications.
Medication is a very common option for treating ptosis, especially when used with other treatments such as surgery. These medications are designed to reduce the amount of fluid in the eye and also help with inflammation, making it difficult for the eyelid to close properly. Some medications may also temporarily prevent the eyelid from opening further.
Eyelid crutches are small plastic devices that hold up your lower eyelids when you have a droopy appearance due to lowered eyelid position or excessive sagging of the upper eyelid. They can be used on their own or combined with other treatments to restore your lower eyelids’ normal appearance and function.
If you are experiencing vision problems due to thy drooping eyelid talk to Arizona Ocular & Facial Plastic Surgery.