Ptosis

  • Alternative Names

    Drooping eyelids


    Treatment

    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.


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    Expectations (prognosis)

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


    Complications

    If a drooping eyelid is left uncorrected in a child, it can lead to lazy eye.


    Calling your health care provider

    Drooping eyelids in children require prompt evaluation by an ophthalmologist.

    New or rapidly changing ptosis in adults requires prompt evaluation by an ophthalmologist.