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Ptosis: Treatment, Procedure, Cost and Side Effects

Last Updated: Jun 28, 2023

What is Ptosis?

This is a condition where the eyelids drop. Sometimes this condition might be severe and in return it can cause visual difficulties. Sometimes you might have to tilt your head backwards in order to see through under the eyelid and you might have to strongly raise your eyebrows to lift your eyelids. This is known to be a connective tissue disorder that causes the adjoining skin to hang in folds. This condition may be developed due to a past injury or maybe as a side effect to a cataract injury. The facial anatomy of some individuals might also cause this disorder. Having this condition leads to vision impairment and it is common that one eye will have better vision than the other and this causes irritation and discomfort. Surgery is the most common form of treatment that you can obtain and surgery carries certain complications and risks, to be on the safe side consult with your ophthalmologist before obtaining treatment. A child who is born with ptosis can develop certain eye movement problems, muscular problems and certain tumors on the eyelids as well. If you are diagnosed with this condition then you might also notice blurred vision and often you might face problems focusing on a particular thing at a particular period of time.

How is the treatment done?

For the treatment of this condition, surgery is the best possible treatment which helps to strengthen the adjoining muscles surrounding the eyelids and helps in better vision and appearance as well. In this surgery the surgeon attaches your eyelid to your eyebrows which prevents it from sagging. This allows the forehead muscles to control the faulty eyelid. The surgeon might make some necessary changes to adjust the muscle of the eyelid so that you can lift them properly. By attaching the muscles of your eyelid to your eyebrows, it helps you to have a better vision as now the eyelids do not drool off and you can control them properly now. Before obtaining surgery you might be required to follow some instructions advised by your surgeon. You might need to discontinue with some medications that can cause complications to the procedure of the surgery. However there are some risks associated with the surgery procedure. The eyelids may not appear completely symmetrical and the eyelids might not close completely which might lead to have dry eyes and cause redness and irritation. If this condition is left untreated from an early stage then you might face complete vision impairment and you can also develop amblyopia (reduced/diminished vision in one or both eyes).

Who is eligible for the treatment?

Those who can experience that their eyelids are sagging and causing them difficulties to see things in front of them, you are eligible for the treatment. You might have to sometimes tilt your head backwards in order to see under the sagging eyelid. If you face these symptoms then call your medical expert and you are eligible for the treatment.

Who is not eligible for the treatment?

There are no specific conditions where you are not eligible for the treatment, however, you should consult with your medical expert to be on the safe side.

Are there any side effects?

Side effects of the course of treatment for this condition rarely occur but the symmetry of your face might not be the same again becuase of the different modes of surgert on each eye or any one eye. However, you might not be able to close your eyelids completely which might cause you to have dry eyes while sleeping.

What are the post-treatment guidelines?

You can continue to resume your day to day activities after a day or two after your surgery.

What is the price of the treatment in India?

The cost of the surgery ranges from Rs. 18,000 to Rs. 30,000 in India.

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Are the results of the treatment permanent?

In most of the cases the results are known to be permanent and all the symptoms of this condition are eliminated. However, you might not be able to close your eyelids completely which might cause you to have dry eyes while sleeping.

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Written ByDr. Anurag Agarwal MS - Ophthalmology,MBBSOphthalmology
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