Dr Julia Sen, Consultant Ophthalmic Plastic, Reconstructive & Cosmetic Surgeon
    Dr Julia Sen, Consultant Ophthalmic Plastic, Reconstructive & Cosmetic Surgeon

      PTOSIS SURGERY

      What is Ptosis?

      Upper eyelid ptosis is a condition where the upper lid position is lower than normal on one or both sides. It is may be associated with trauma, contact lens wear, longstanding allergic conjunctivitis and certain medical conditions affecting muscles or nerves, although in most patients the only identifiable factor is one of advancing years. It is also possible to be born with this problem.
      The drooping eyelid can restrict the field of vision if it the lid margin crosses the pupil. Often the degree of ptosis can vary worsen progressively during the day and is most troublesome in the evening.

      Treatment

      If a treatable medical cause is excluded, correction of ptosis is usually surgical. This is usually performed under local anaesthetic as a day case procedure (you will not need to stay in hospital overnight). The muscle responsible for lifting the upper lid is identified and tightened to lift the upper lid and restore the natural contour. There is often some upper lid skin redundancy which may be more pronounced once the lid has been lifted. This is therefore usually removed at the same time, a procedure known as Blepharoplasty.

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