Do you have difficulty seeing because your eyelids block your vision? Do your drooping eyelids make you look tired all the time? You may have a condition known as ptosis, or droopy eyelids. Kagan Institute in Encino and Los Angeles, California, is available to provide droopy lid repair for ptosis to help you see better and improve the look and feel of your eyes!
What Is Ptosis?
Ptosis, also known as “lazy eye,” is the drooping of the upper or lower eyelids. If left untreated, it can lead to impaired vision, amblyopia, or astigmatism. Patients with ptosis look sleepy-eyed, and the condition can become progressively worse after being awake for extended periods as the ocular muscles become tired.
While ptosis isn’t painful, patients with this issue may have a difficult time seeing properly because drooping eyelids block their sight. As a result, they tilt their heads back or raise their eyebrows while they perform day-to-day activities including reading, writing, having conversations, walking, and driving.
What Causes Ptosis?
Ptosis can be genetic, and some babies are born with this condition. More commonly, ptosis results from neurological issues, trauma, or age. You could get ptosis as an adult when the optic nerves that control your eyelid muscles become damaged. Ptosis may come after an injury, disease, or surgery because these can all weaken the muscles and ligaments of the eye.
Natural aging is another factor as the skin and muscles around the eye get weaker. A specialist should review your medical history with you and examine the nature of your drooping eyelids more closely to determine if they can be a sign of a more severe health condition.
What Is Droopy Lid Repair for Ptosis?
Droopy lid repair for ptosis can improve vision quality and aesthetics to help ease that “sleep-eyed” appearance. Physicians will administer a local anesthetic to the target areas and will remove the extra skin and tuck the muscle, or they will reattach and strengthen the muscle. The surgery is an outpatient treatment, so patients can go home the same day and there isn’t a lengthy recovery time.
How Long Does It Take?
The duration of the surgery will vary by patient. It depends on the severity of the condition, the goals of the patient, and whether one or both eyes require the treatment. On average, this surgery takes between one hour to one-and-a-half hours.
Who Can Receive This Treatment?
Anyone at any age can receive treatment for ptosis. When you consult with our professional staff, they may recommend surgery if the condition is causing issues with your vision. If you are fortunate enough to see without problems, the treatment is cosmetic and can help improve the appearance of your eyes.
Want to Learn More?
Do you need to learn more about droopy lid repair for ptosis and whether it is right for you? Contact us today at Kagan Institute Vision and schedule your consultation! Dr. Arkady Kagan and his professional staff proudly serve California with locations in Encino and Los Angeles. We are committed to helping you achieve the healthiest sight possible.