Ptosis is an eye condition which features with dropping of one or both upper eyelids. People suffering from ptosis may have visual problems and the condition even gets worse after being awake longer since in this case the muscles are tired and the symptoms and signs of ptosis intensify. If left untreated ptosis may cause amblyopia and astigmatism. The most suitable treatment for ptosis is surgical repair. In children ptosis repair should be performed early in order to prevent abnormal visual development. Ptosis can be congenital or acquired. Congenital ptosis is identified at birth while acquired form of the disease develops at any age after the birth.
There are many causes of ptosis. It may occur due to certain eye conditions or be a complication of an eye surgery. It also affects people suffering from certain neurological disorders or systemic disorders. It may also develop as a consequence of an eye tumor. Patients suffering from ptosis typically tilt their heads back this way trying to see well. They also raise the eyebrows repeatedly in effort to lift the affected eyelid/ eyelids.
Ptosis Repair Surgery
Ptosis repair surgery is medically known as blepharoplasty. The goal of the surgery is to lift the affected upper eyelid. This can be performed together with removal of the excessive skin, fat or muscle tissue of the eyelids.
Prior the surgery the doctor must thoroughly examine the patients to identify the underlying cause of ptosis. Age-related ptosis can be successfully treated with a simple plastic surgery in which the surgeon lifts the eyelids. Congenital ptosis requires prompt corrective surgery. The surgery must be performed as soon as possible and this way possible complications can be successfully avoided.
Ptosis caused by muscle disease or neurological diseases does not require surgical repair. The symptoms and signs are in these patients eliminated or partially removed by specific medications.
Blepharoplasty is considered pure cosmetic surgery and is not covered by insurance even though some of the cost of ptosis repair may be covered by insurance. The price of the surgery depends on the several factors and it ranges from $2.000 to $5.000.
Ptosis Repair Recovery
Being one of the most delicate organs in the body eyes require proper care after each and every eye surgery. This also refers to ptosis repair surgery. The results are not clear right after the surgery since the operated eyelid is swollen and it does not appear properly repaired. However, once the edema has withdrawn the results become clear and obvious. The recovery time lasts approximately three to six weeks. And in some cases the actual effect of the surgery may be observed after several months. This is why patients should not hurry to undergo additional operation.