What is Ptosis?
Ptosis is a condition which upper eyelid is abnormally in low position. It is also known as droopy eyelid or blepharoptosis. It can affect people of all ages.
What are the probable causes for development of Ptosis?
Baby can be born with hereditary droopy eyelids (congenital ptosis) or it may develop as we age and our muscles deteriorate. In some cases ptosis is caused by trauma or damage to the muscles that raise the eyelids or the nerves that control these muscles. Sometimes, ptosis can be due to eye surgery or certain drugs. Other causes are - eye tumors, neurological disorders, or systemic diseases like diabetes.
What are the types of Ptosis?
Acquired (at any age) or Congenital Ptosis (in case of children)
What are the risk factors for developing Ptosis?
A variety of factors may increase the risk for developing ptosis or passing it on to your children. They are as follows :
- Family history of Ptosis
- Birth injury
- Post Operative
- Paralysis of nerve fibers in eyelids
- Horner's sysdrome
- Head or eyelid trauma
- Tumor in the upper lobe of a lung
- Brain tumor
- Muscular dystrophy
- Myasthenia gravis
Treatment of Ptosis
It is important to treat ptosis as early as possible to avoid visual disturbance especially in children as their vision is in developing stage otherwise they may develop amblyopia or astigmatism. Specific treatment is usually directed towards underlying cause. Mild ptosis - If symptoms of ptosis are mild, treatment may not be necessary. In some mild cases, eye excercises may strengthen weak muscles and correct the problem.
- Special glasses for ptosis - Special glasses may be used. These glasses have a crutch attached to hold up the eyelid.
- Special contact lenses may be used for ptosis. These lenses help in correcting the drooping of eyelid.
- Moderate to severe Ptosis - In moderate to severe cases surgery may be the only option to correct the eyelid.
Can you name a few famous personalities across the world who have ptosis?
- There are many famous personalities with ptosis namely –
- Forest Steven Whitaker is an American actor, producer and director.
- Louisa Gabrielle Bobb is a multi-platinum selling, BRIT Award winning English singer, who records under the name Gabrielle.
- Sir Ahmed Salman Rushdie (Kashmiri) is a British Inidan novelist and essayist.
What is done at Artificial Eye Co for ptosis patients?
Artificial Eye Co is popular for non surgical correction of ptosis patients. We custom make special glasses with crutch attached in order to lift the lid and thereby correcting ptosis without any surgical intervention like blepharoplasty.
How can I get my ptosis corrected at Artificial Eye Co?
You need to make an appointment and visit any of our centres where our specialist will examine your eye and decide which type of crutch would suit you the most and accordingly your spectacle will be made with crutch. It can be made with your desired prescription power or even it can be made without anny power.