What is ptosis?
Ptosis is a condition where the upper eyelid of an individual droops. In severe cases, the droopy eyelid covers part of the pupil causing a reduction in peripheral vision. Often, ptosis also causes fatigue and headaches, as the individual with this condition feels a subconscious need to continuously raise their upper eyelids for clearer vision.
Patients with ptosis often complain that the droopy lids cause them to look inattentive, sleepy or angry. They often notice that they vision is affected.
What causes ptosis?
Either of the following factors can cause your eyelids to droop:
- Aging – As we age, the muscles around the eye region, notably the muscles that hold up our eyelids weaken or loosen. This causes the eyelids to droop. Majority of ptosis cases are age related.
- Trauma – Injury to the eye region could weaken or severe the Levator aponeurosis or muscle that lifts the eye resulting in drooping of the upper eyelids
- Prolonged contact lens use – Repeated stretching of the eyelid can cause it to loosen, resulting in a drooping eyelid.
- Congenital causes – At times, Ptosis is already present from birth. This is often due to a structural malformation of the levator muscle at birth.
Ptosis Grading of Severity
The severity of the upper eyelid ptosis can vary between mild, moderate and severe. Depending on the severity, the type of corrective surgery will differ, and may be either cosmetic or medical in nature.
Ptosis correction is usually done using surgery. It restores both function and appearance, hence it may be eligible for Medisave coverage.
Correction techniques and the Scarless Suture Method
Depending on how the ptosis has been graded, the type of correction will differ. Correction of mild upper eyelid ptosis may be performed with a scarless suture technique.
Moderate to severe ptosis will require an incisional technique and manipulation of the muscle (levator palpebrae superioris) that lifts the upper eyelid. Dr Samuel performs this surgery using a modified “underthrough” levator application technique.
Surgery is done under local anesthesia and takes one to two hours.
Am I a Candidate for Ptosis Correction
Ptosis correction could be required for you if your droopy eyelid has partially or entirely blocked your vision in the affected eye.
A detailed consultation is required, where Dr Samuel will measure the distance from your pupil’s center and to the upper eyelid. This is called the marginal reflex distance. When the distance is below a certain level, then ptosis correction is required.
What is the recovery time to expect?
Ptosis correction is a common procedure done on an outpatient basis. Patients are given anaesthesia and will be comfortable during the procedure. Patients experience minor swelling and bruising which will diminish in a few days. There are usually no visible scars.
Who performs the surgery?
Dr Samuel Ho who trained in Korea, has extensive experience in performing delicate and intricate eye work. To start, Dr Samuel Ho will conduct a detailed consultation to evaluate your facial anatomy and discuss with you the changes you desire.
Patients are welcomed and encouraged to address any of their concerns or questions so that they can make a confident decision about undergoing ptosis surgery.
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