Ptosis Repair (Muscle Weakness in Eyelid)

What is Ptosis?

Ptosis Repair (muscle weakness in eyelid) | Bellevue WA | Seattle

Ptosis is also called “drooping eyelid.” It is caused by weakness of the muscle responsible for raising the eyelid, damage to the nerves that control those muscles, or looseness of the skin of the upper eyelids.

Ptosis Causes

Drooping eyelid can be caused by the normal aging process, a congenital abnormality (present before birth), or the result of an injury or disease.

Ptosis Risk Factors

Risk factors include aging, diabetes, stroke, Horner syndrome, myasthenia gravis, and a brain tumor or other cancer, which can affect nerve or muscle reactions.

Ptosis Symptoms

  • Drooping of one or both eyelids
  • Increased tearing
  • If ptosis is severe, interference with vision.

Ptosis Treatment in Bellevue, WA

Dr. Tarbet will do a physical examination to determine the cause, as well as take pictures. A visual field test will also be required to determine if it is medically necessary. This test takes about forty-five minutes. In some cases a special test may be done to evaluate suspected causes, such as myasthenia gravis.

If an underlying disease is found, the treatment will be specific to that disease. Most cases of ptosis are associated with aging and there is no disease involved.

Surgery can be done to improve the appearance of the eyelids in milder cases if the patient wants it. In more severe cases, surgery may be necessary to correct interference with vision. In children with ptosis, surgery may be necessary to prevent amblyopia (lazy eye).

The expected outcome depends on the cause of the ptosis. Surgery is usually very successful in restoring appearance and function.


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