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Ptosis is the drooping of the upper eyelid. While ptosis is usually the result of aging, some people develop ptosis after eye surgery or an injury, and sometimes the condition is congenital. Because ptosis may be present due to serious causes, patients with this disorder should be checked by a medical professional to determine whether treatment is necessary, and if so, what kind.

Causes of Ptosis

Typically, ptosis results from a weakening in the muscle responsible for raising the eyelid or from damage to the nerves that control the muscle. In some cases, ptosis may simply be caused by loose skin on the upper eyelid. Sometimes, however, the reason for ptosis is more troubling. In addition to the possibility of the disorder occurring as a congenital condition, or as a consequence of an injury or surgery, ptosis may be caused by:

  • Migraine headache
  • Growth in the eyelid, such as a stye
  • Bell’s palsy
  • Diabetes
  • Stroke
  • Myasthenia gravis
  • Horner syndrome
  • Benign or malignant tumor

In rare instances, ptosis can occur due to a brain tumor or other malignancy that affects the reactions of muscles or nerves.

Symptoms of Ptosis

Ptosis presents as the drooping of one or both eyelids and perhaps one or more of the following symptoms:

  • Increased tear production
  • Difficulty blinking or closing the eye
  • Reduced vision (with severe drooping)

Since ptosis caused by aging is usually gradual, a sudden onset of symptoms is a greater cause for concern.

Diagnosis of Ptosis

Ptosis diagnosis is conducted by our specialized ptosis surgery and correction physician, Dr. Kian Eftekhari, at the Eyelid Center of Utah in Salt Lake City. Dr. Eftekhari meticulously determines the underlying cause. A thorough eye examination is performed, including tests for visual acuity, visual field, and a slit-lamp examination. In cases of suspected systemic issues, patients are referred to appropriate specialists for further investigation.

Treatment of Ptosis

Patients can receive treatment for droopy eyelids at the Eyelid Center of Utah, conveniently located in Salt Lake City and led by Dr. Kian Eftekhari. Severe ptosis can impair vision as the eyelid progressively droops, potentially obscuring the eye. If ptosis affects vision, Dr. Eftekhari may recommend a blepharoplasty to correct the drooping. Additionally, young patients with mild to moderate ptosis should undergo regular examinations to monitor for other vision-related issues such as amblyopia, refractive errors, and muscular diseases.

Frequently Asked Questions about Ptosis

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For personalized evaluation and treatment of ptosis with Dr. Kian Eftekhari at the Eyelid Center of Utah, schedule a consultation today. Our team is dedicated to providing comprehensive care and tailored solutions to address your eyelid concerns. Contact us now to take the first step towards improved eyelid health and vision.

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