Droopy Eyelid (Ptosis)

Droopy eyelid (ptosis) can occur as a result of birth defect, injury, muscle disorder, nerve disorder, or simply due to aging. It gives a sleepy appearance, and can even obstruct vision if severe. Ptosis may also cause excessive forehead wrinkling, abnormal head posture such as chin elevation, and eye fatigue. In children below 8 years of age, severe droop might obstruct development of vision leading to a lazy (amblyopic) eye thus reducing vision. In adults, droopy eyelid is mainly a cosmetic concern. Surgery can correct this problem by repairing the muscle that lifts the eyelid. Several surgical options are available, and the type of surgery used depends upon the severity of the droop. After evaluation, your specialist will decide which surgery best suits your need. Health insurance will cover the costs of ptosis surgery, if it was acquired later in life. Any congenital deformity (present since birth) is not covered by insurance.

           

       

       

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