Common to both children and adults, ptosis, or blepharoptosis, causes the upper eyelid to droop. This eye problem can affect both your eyesight and appearance, most especially if the droop extends toward the entire pupil. In today’s post, your trusted optometrist from Opti-Care explains this eye condition in detail.
What Causes Ptosis?
Ptosis occurs when the eye muscles supporting the eyelid (levators) weaken and develop structural defects. Congenital factors, aging or complications from an eye injury or surgery may also trigger ptosis. Furthermore, drooping eyelids can sometimes be caused by certain diseases, such as eye tumors, nervous system disorders or even diabetes.
What Are the Signs and Symptoms?
People with ptosis have droopy eyelids, which can make them appear as if they’re always sleepy. They may also have a restricted visual capacity due to sagging of the eyelids. Affected individuals often have to lift their eyebrows or tilt their heads back to see better. Visit your local vision specialist for an eye exam if you notice any of these symptoms.
During your eye checkup, your eye doctor will gauge the height difference between your eyelid margin and the bottom of your eyes. The strength of your eyelids will also be assessed by performing various eye exercises. Most eye specialists will suggest surgery to treat ptosis for better vision and appearance.
If left untreated, ptosis may later result in amblyopia (lazy eye). This eye condition may affect coordination between your eyes and brain, which is why we recommend ophthalmic evaluations right away. This will help your eye doctor to identify ocular changes, render appropriate management and prevent these symptoms from progressing into more serious problems.
Turn to Opti-Care for your eye health care. We’ll answer all your questions about ptosis and other eye diseases and suggest the necessary contact lenses or treatment. Call us today at (410) 600-3173 to schedule an appointment. We serve residents of Maryland, including Westminster and Marriottsville, MD.