Ptosis Surgery

Definition - What does Ptosis Surgery mean?

Ptosis Surgery is a corrective surgical operation performed on patients suffering from ptosis, or droopy eyelid syndrome. Ptosis is a condition which refers to the drooping of the upper eyelid which descends over the pupil either partially or fully, and can inflict only one or both of eyes. Ptosis surgery moves the muscle of the eyelid forward and positions and fixates the eyelid in such a way that it opens up the eye.

The results are twofold – on the one hand it gives the face a more alert and youthful look, and on the other it improves vision as the drooping eyelid impairs vision by limiting the field of vision.

TheConsultation explains Ptosis Surgery

Ptosis is a condition which reduces vision, and gives the person a sleepy, tired appearance associated with old age. The drooping eyelid is loose and falls low, partially covering the pupils with excess skin. Ptosis surgery is performed by an ophthalmologist and entails the movement and fixation of the upper eyelid, and the removing of excess skin if there is any left after the adjustment of the muscle.

In many cases, the surgery requires a follow-up procedure, as the new position of the fixed upper eyelid depends largely on the healing process, and in some cases additional adjustment is necessary. Ptosis repair surgery is mostly performed by people who wish to improve their appearance, as it makes the eyes look more open, thus giving the patient a more energetic, awake, and youthful look.

However, many people opt for the surgery simply because of vision impairment which cannot be remedied any other way as the eyelid is a physical obstacle in the vision field.

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