As we age, the eyelid (not the skin) can droop or become lower which may lead to a decrease in vision. There are many conditions that may lead to drooping eyelids, which Dr Zatezalo will evaluate for during your consultation. Most commonly, the muscle that elevates the eyelid weakens or detaches from the point of insertion leading to ptosis. There are several factors that determine the best method of elevating the eyelids. Restoring the anatomy of the eyelid may increase your field of vision and produce a more youthful appearance. Ptosis surgery is an outpatient procedure that can be performed under local anesthesia or with intravenous sedation.
Although less common, children may have drooping lids. To prevent long-term vision loss, early intervention may be necessary.
Dr Zatezalo led a clinical trial performed at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute for the surgical treatment of ptosis that was published in Ophthalmic Plastics and Reconstructive Surgery.
Zatezalo CC, Tavakoli M, Ayala-Haedo J, Callaway NF, Ko MJ, Anagnostopoulos AG, Vanner EA, Lee WW. A Prospective Randomized Comparative Clinical Trial to Analyze Pain and Surgical Outcomes Between Frontal Nerve Blocks and Subconjunctival Anesthesia for Conjunctival Mullerectomy Resection. Ophthalmic Plast Reconstr Surg. 2018 Nov/Dec;34(6):575-578. doi: 10.1097/IOP.0000000000001108. PMID: 29634604.
*This webpage is for informational purposes and is not intended to be, and should not be relied upon as, medical advice. Any medical concerns should be addressed with a physician.