What Can Cause Ptosis in Adults?

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Ptosis is a condition that results in the drooping of one or both eyelids. But what causes ptosis, and how can it be treated? Precision Surgery Center of Napa Valley is proud to offer advanced surgical options for eyelid correction in our state-of-the-art facility.

Below, our experienced and board-certified ophthalmologists in Napa take a closer look at what causes ptosis in adults and how eyelid surgery can help. We also discuss the benefits and risks of this procedure so you can make informed decisions moving forward.

What is ptosis?

Ptosis occurs when the upper eyelid droops downward. This can happen to one or both eyelids, and the condition may range from mild to severe. Ptosis may cause vision problems if the eyelid falls low enough to block your line of sight. It can also make you appear older or more tired.

There are two kinds of ptosis that occur in adults:

  • Congenital ptosis: This means your condition was present at birth and continued into adulthood. It can be caused by an abnormality in the muscles or nerves that control the eyelid.

  • Acquired ptosis: This type of ptosis develops later in life and has many potential causes, including advanced age, trauma, or certain medical conditions.

What happens during a ptosis consultation?

Precision Surgery Center of Napa Valley offers comprehensive consultations to help you understand the cause of your condition as well as options for eyelid correction. During your assessment, our ophthalmologists may do the following:

  • Review your medical history

  • Conduct a physical examination of your eyelids

  • Evaluate your range of eyelid movement

  • Measure the position of your eyelids

  • Test your visual acuity

After gathering all the necessary information, we will work with you to develop a custom surgical plan for ptosis repair in Napa.

What goes into eyelid surgery?

Eyelid correction is an outpatient procedure performed with a local anesthetic. Surgery may take between 30 – 60 minutes based on the extent of correction required. Our team members use state-of-the-art techniques to minimize incisions and potential scars. Patients should not feel much discomfort and will return home on the same day as their procedure.

What happens after ptosis repair?

The area around the eyelids may be swollen and bruised after surgery. These side effects should improve in time. Patients can prepare for their procedure by having someone drive them home and stay with them for the first 24 hours. An ophthalmologist will provide a detailed aftercare plan that includes getting plenty of rest and using cold compresses to reduce swelling.

What results will I see after ptosis repair?

Ptosis may have a real impact on your appearance, self-confidence, and quality of life. Patients can expect to enjoy wider and more alert eyes after a successful surgery. We can also improve vision problems that were once caused by a drooping eyelid. Our team takes great care in creating natural-looking results that complement your existing features.

Treat ptosis in Napa Valley

Drooping eyelids can be frustrating, but you do not have to live with this condition as an adult. Learn more about ptosis and your surgical options by calling Precision Surgery Center of Napa Valley. Our board-certified ophthalmologists in Napa are happy to answer your questions at our facility. We help you see better and achieve the refreshed and rejuvenated appearance you deserve.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.