What is Ptosis?
Ptosis a condition in which the upper eyelid(s) droops. The eyelid may droop only slightly or it may droop enough to partially or completely cover the pupil, restricting or obscuring the field of vision. Ptosis should not be confused with extra skin, fat or muscle to the eyelid, which is typically addressed with blepharoplasty surgery. When Ptosis can be shown to reduce peripheral vision, its correction is covered by most insurance plans. If the degree of Ptosis is not as severe and does not affect vision, it is considered elective surgery and can be corrected as a cosmetic procedure.
How is Ptosis Diagnosed?
Diagnosis of ptosis at Des Moines Eye Surgeons is made through consultation and observation of the drooping eyelid. Identifying the cause of the condition requires tests including x rays and blood tests.
What are the causes of Ptosis?
Acquired ptosis can also be caused by any number of things, such as:
- post cataract surgery
- diseases that impair the nerves
The most common type of adult-onset ptosis is due to a weakening of the attachment between the levator muscle (the muscle that raises the upper lid) and the eyelid.
What is Ptosis surgery like?
Ptosis surgery is an outpatient procedure involving tightening of the muscle that lifts the eyelid. The surgical approach taken depends on specific findings and testing performed during the preoperative evaluation. In many cases, the excess skin or fat may be removed by performing a blepharoplasty at the same time. Your surgeon will discuss your treatment options fully and will perform all the proper testing to determine whether your ptosis is deemed medically necessary and will be covered by insurance or if it is cosmetic.