Droopy eyelids, or ptosis, often make going through everyday life difficult and strenuous. At Beggs Family Vision in Wichita, Kansas, Phil Beggs, OD, specializes in helping people find practical solutions to restoring the proper functioning of their eyelids. If you’ve noticed your eyelids sag and want to learn more about what you can do to prevent and treat it, reach out to the office today by phone or online to book an appointment.
Ptosis refers to the upper eyelid beginning to sag in one or both eyes. In fact, another medical term for ptosis is droopy eyelid.
In some cases, ptosis is barely visible, though studies have reported that some people experience a total droop, in which the lip completely covers the pupil.
Ptosis can occur in both children and adults, though it most often occurs because of aging. Rarely, ptosis develops at birth (congenital ptosis), though it most often develops later in life (acquired ptosis).
There are many possible causes of ptosis. As mentioned above, some people contract ptosis at birth, while others develop it as they age.
Some conditions and procedures can also lead to the development of ptosis, including:
In some other cases, ptosis is caused by weakness in the levators, which are the muscles responsible for lifting and closing your eyelids.
As the name suggests, the primary symptom of ptosis is that one or both upper eyelids sag. The lower the eyelids sag, the higher your chances of experiencing problems with your vision. You will most likely not experience vision problems if the sag is minimal.
Other symptoms of ptosis include:
If you notice that you have to tilt your back to see, you might be experiencing ptosis.
In addition, if your ptosis comes with migraines or headaches, this might be related to a different, underlying condition. You should speak to Dr. Beggs about this sooner rather than later for an expert diagnosis.
During your consultation with Dr. Beggs, he’ll determine whether the intensity of your ptosis requires treatment. If it doesn’t affect your vision at all, he might choose not to do anything about it.
If your child experiences ptosis, Dr. Beggs can track the develop of the muscles in the eye and determine whether treatment will be necessary down the line.
In adults, the best treatment option for severe ptosis is surgery. Dr. Beggs removes extra skin and tucks the muscle that lifts the lid.
For moderate ptosis, Dr. Beggs can recommend glasses with a built-in crutch that holds your eyelids in place. This improves your vision and reduces your need for surgical intervention.
Some other treatments include plastic surgery to reduce drooping or the treatment of any underlying condition that causes your eyelids to sag.
Droopy eyelids can complicate daily life. Thankfully, Dr. Beggs specializes in helping his patients restore their vision with as few inconveniences as possible. Get in touch with the team by phone or online today to learn more.