Ptosis (Blepharoptosis)

A ptosis is one or both eyes having droopy eyelids. The symptoms of ptosis include the vision being blocked by the eyelid. In children, ptosis can cause amblyopia (lazy eye –see ‘Amblyopia’ (link here within website).In adults, ptosis creates a tired or sleepy look. There are many causes of ptosis.

In children it is usually a weakened eyelid muscle. In adults, ptosis may be age-related, or from a generalised muscle weakness, or from eyelid trauma. Ptosis in children is treated by firstly assessing and correcting any reduced vision (glasses and/or patching) and then surgery to the eyelid muscle. In adults, the treatment of ptosis (after investigation of the cause) is usually surgical.

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