Ptosis (pronounced “toe-sis”) is the medical term for drooping of the upper eyelid; this condition may affect one or both upper eyelids. When the upper lid falls, it can interfere with the upper field of vision. Symptoms include a decreased ability to keep the eyes open, eyestrain, and eyebrow fatigue from the increased effort needed to raise the eyelids. Ptosis affects patients of all ages and has a variety of causes. Ptosis is generally repaired with an outpatient procedure. The cause of the ptosis determines the type of procedure that is performed
Ptosis may be present along with excess skin of the upper eyelids in patients who are considering an eyelid lift (blepharoplasty). It is important to have an evaluation with an Oculoplastic surgeon to ensure you do not have an underlying ptosis. If not addressed, the lids will still look “tired” after an eyelid lift.
Ptosis repair may be covered by your insurance plan. A short office evaluation consisting of examination, visual field testing and photography are needed to determine if this is possible.
Recovery: Ptosis repair is performed on an outpatient basis. For the first few days after the procedure Dr. Hui will ask that you apply ice packs and cool compresses to minimize the swelling. Most patients experience minimal discomfort and are able to return to their normal routine in approximately 1 week. Dr. Hui also asks that you protect the eyelids from the sun for 3 months after the procedure to achieve the optimal outcome.
Contact Dr. Hui at 760.610.2677 to learn more about ptosis procedures for drooping eyelids.