Ptosis, or a drooping eyelid, can affect patients of any age, though the condition tends to be age-related. As you age, the skin and muscles around your eyes lose their natural elasticity, causing the lid to droop and block your vision. In mild cases, ptosis simply causes you to appear drowsy. However, eyelid drooping can cause issues with your vision in the long term. At Fishman & Sheridan eyeCare Specialists, we provide specialized treatment plans for a range of eyelid disorders at our three conveniently located offices in Clermont, Eustis, and Leesburg, FL. Our skilled eye doctors, Dr. Jeffrey A. Sheridan and Dr. Craig D. Fishman, can perform eyelid surgery to improve your vision and restore your youthful appearance.
The most obvious sign of ptosis is a drooping eyelid. It can affect one or both eyes. Depending on the severity, you may have difficulty seeing, causing you to tilt your head back or raise your eyebrows to see clearly. Over time, these habits can cause head and neck issues.
Our skilled eyelid surgeons can restore normal eyelid function and eliminate the hassle of ptosis.
If the drooping eyelid obscures a child’s vision, a condition called amblyopia, or lazy eye, can result. Other common side effects of ptosis in children are astigmatism and crossed eyes.
Some babies are born with ptosis. In adults, ptosis is typically caused by age-related changes in your skin and muscles. However, a drooping eyelid can also be related to injury or disease. Certain surgeries, such as LASIK or cataract surgery, can also cause ptosis. In rare cases, eye tumors can cause drooping as well.
To determine the cause of your issues, Dr. Sheridan or Fishman will perform a comprehensive eye exam. He may also recommend other tests, such as x-rays or blood tests, to determine the underlying issue.
Treating Ptosis in Children
Before recommending a treatment for children, Dr. Fishman and Sheridan will consider a variety of factors, including:
- Eyelid height
- Strength of eyelid muscles
- The movements of the eyes
- Whether one or both eyelids are affected
In general, surgery is the best treatment for ptosis. However, we may recommend waiting until children are a little older before referring to a pediatric eyelid surgeon for possible surgery. Children with ptosis should visit our office every year so we can monitor their vision and provide early treatment for any vision issues that develop.
Ptosis Treatment for Adults
If you have ptosis, Dr. Fishman or Sheridan can perform eyelid surgery, also known as a blepharoplasty. This is an outpatient procedure performed under local anesthesia in our office. During the procedure, Dr. Fishman or Sheridan will adjust the eyelid muscles and remove skin as necessary to provide you with an alert appearance and unimpaired vision.
Experience Improved Vision
Our skilled eyelid surgeons can restore normal eyelid function and eliminate the hassle of ptosis. For more information on our ptosis treatments or one of the other services we offer, contact our practice online today or call our office nearest you.