Ptosis In San Diego, CA
Ptosis, or drooping of the upper eyelid, can cause extreme discomfort, trouble seeing, and make you look perpetually tired or disinterested. The board-certified ophthalmologists at American Eye Associates and California Retina Associates are dedicated to ensuring you can see clearly and live comfortably with the most up-to-date diagnostic services and treatments. We are proud to offer treatment for ptosis to men and women in San Diego, Chula Vista, and the neighboring communities of Imperial County, California.
What is Ptosis?
Ptosis is characterized by the drooping of the upper eyelids. Although many people associate ptosis with aging, many people including children may develop ptosis after eye surgery, an eye injury, or as a result of a congenital condition. Ptosis may affect just one eye or both eyes and can cause disrupted vision in patients with severe drooping. Because ptosis may be a result of a serious underlying health condition, it’s important for patients to see a doctor for their drooping eyelids as soon as they see a development.
What causes Ptosis?
Typically, ptosis is caused by weakened muscles responsible for raising the eyelid or from damage to the nerves that control the responsible muscles. In some cases, ptosis may simply be caused by loose or sagging skin on the upper eyelid. In rare cases, ptosis may be caused by a more severe underlying condition. In addition to the possibility of the disorder occurring as a congenital condition, or as a consequence of an injury or surgery, ptosis may be caused by:
- Migraine headache
- Growth in the eyelid, such as a stye
- Bell’s palsy
- Myasthenia gravis
- Horner syndrome
- Benign or malignant tumor
How is Ptosis diagnosed?
Ptosis itself is typically easily diagnosed by our skilled ophthalmologists, however, a series of comprehensive eye exams must be performed to determine what is causing the ptosis. Necessary exams may include visual field testing, slit-lamp examinations, and tension tests for the muscles affecting the upper eyelid. If there is a concern about a severe underlying health condition, we will be happy to refer you to a trusted internist or physician for further diagnostic testing.
How can I treat Ptosis?
Patients often seek treatment for drooping eyelids for cosmetic reasons or to rejuvenate their appearance. The most common treatment for ptosis is a surgical eyelid lift procedure called blepharoplasty (LINK). During blepharoplasty, a small incision will be made along the natural crease of the eyelid through which excess tissue can be removed and weakened muscles can be tightened. Patients with less severe cases of ptosis may opt for a ptosis crutch or an attachment to the frames of glasses that manually lift up the drooping eyelid.
How can I prevent Ptosis?
While there is no way to prevent the onset of ptosis, the best way to reduce risks associated with the onset of ptosis is to make sure you are getting regularly examined by a skilled physician like one of our expert ophthalmologists. Getting regular examinations can ensure your ptosis is not being caused by a severe health condition and that it is not obstructing your vision.
At American Eye Associates and California Retina Associates, we offer a wide range of cutting-edge treatments, expert surgical techniques, and the latest diagnostic services that will help you live your most healthy and comfortable life. We are happy to offer ophthalmology services to men and women in San Diego, Chula Vista, and the surrounding areas of Imperial County, California. Contact us to schedule your one-on-one consultation with one of our expert ophthalmologists today.