What is Ptosis?

This difficult to pronounce (toe-sis) word is the medical term for drooping of the upper eyelid(s). The drooping lowers the upper eyelid margin, causing a reduction in the field of vision when the eyelid partially or fully obstructs the pupil.

Patients suffering from ptosis often have difficulty keeping their eyelids open. In extreme cases, people may need to lift their eyelids with their fingers in order to see. In an attempt to compensate for this, many patients will arch their eyebrows in a seemingly hopeless effort to raise the drooping eyelids.

The most common symptoms of ptosis are age related weakening of the muscle, congenital weakness, trauma, and neurologic disease. As we age, the tendon that attaches the levator muscle, the major muscle that lifts the eyelid, can stretch and cause the eyelid to fall. This represents the most common cause of a droopy eyelid. However, ptosis may also occur following routine cataract or eye surgery due to stretching of the muscle or tendon.

Surgical Treatment Options for Ptosis

Thankfully, this hindering condition can be surgically corrected. This is usually done by tightening the levator muscle, which in turn will elevate the eyelid. This will, in most cases, give patients an excellent eyelid contour. There are, however, other types of surgical treatment options for ptsosis as well. In order to determine the best form of correction for each individual, Dr. Taban performs extensive and goal-oriented testing with the patient in mind.

When choosing a surgeon to perform ptosis surgery, look for a cosmetic and reconstructive facial surgeon who specializes in the eyelids, orbit, and tear drain system. Your surgeon’s membership in the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (ASOPRS) indicates he or she is not only a board certified ophthalmologist who knows the anatomy and structure of the eyelids and orbit, but also has had extensive training in ophthalmic plastic reconstructive and cosmetic surgery.

If you are suffering from ptosis, schedule a consultation with Dr. Taban today by calling (805) 669-9101.

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