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Ptosis, commonly known as drooping eyelids, is a condition where the upper eyelid sags or droops, partially covering the eye. This can affect one or both eyes and can vary in severity. Ptosis occurs when the muscles responsible for lifting the eyelid weaken or malfunction, leading to an abnormal drooping appearance.

Types of Ptosis

Ptosis can be classified into two main types: congenital and acquired. Congenital ptosis is present at birth and is often caused by underdevelopment or malformation of the muscles that lift the eyelids. Acquired ptosis develops later in life and can be caused by factors such as aging, trauma, muscle or nerve damage, or underlying medical conditions like diabetes or myasthenia gravis.

Causes of Ptosis

Ptosis can be caused by a variety of factors, including:

  • Aging: As we age, the muscles and tissues that support the eyelids weaken, leading to drooping.
  • Muscle Weakness: Conditions that affect the muscles responsible for eyelid movement, such as myasthenia gravis or muscular dystrophy, can result in ptosis.
  • Nerve Damage: Damage to the nerves that control eyelid movement, either due to injury or neurological conditions like Bell’s palsy, can lead to ptosis.
  • Medical Conditions: Certain medical conditions, such as diabetes or thyroid disorders, can contribute to the development of ptosis.

Symptoms of Ptosis

Common symptoms of ptosis include:

  • Drooping eyelids that may obstruct vision
  • Eyestrain or fatigue from constantly lifting the eyelids to see clearly
  • Reduced peripheral vision
  • Uneven appearance of the eyes

Diagnosis and Evaluation

Diagnosing ptosis typically involves a comprehensive eye examination, including visual acuity testing, assessment of eyelid function, and evaluation of the eyelid position and symmetry. Dr. Kian Eftekhari, an experienced oculoplastic surgeon, may also perform additional tests such as visual field testing or imaging studies to determine the underlying cause of ptosis.

Treatment Options for Ptosis

Treatment for ptosis depends on the underlying cause and severity of the condition. In mild cases, non-surgical approaches such as eyelid exercises or the use of adhesive eyelid tape may be recommended to temporarily alleviate symptoms. However, surgical intervention, known as ptosis repair surgery, is often necessary to permanently correct ptosis and restore normal eyelid function.

Dr. Eftekhari’s Approach to Ptosis Treatment

Dr. Kian Eftekhari specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of ptosis, offering personalized care to each patient. His approach to ptosis treatment involves a thorough evaluation to determine the underlying cause and severity of the condition. Dr. Eftekhari utilizes advanced surgical techniques to achieve optimal outcomes, focusing on restoring both the aesthetics and functionality of the eyelids.

In conclusion, understanding the causes, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment options for ptosis is crucial for effective management of this condition. With Dr. Eftekhari’s expertise and personalized approach to ptosis treatment, patients can achieve improved eyelid function and aesthetics, leading to enhanced quality of life.

Posted on behalf of Eyelid Center of Utah

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