As we age, our upper lids may start to droop and partly cover the pupil. This can negatively affect your vision and cause your eyes to have a tired, sleepy appearance – even though you might be feeling wide-awake!
Ptosis (pronounced toe-sys) occurs due to the dysfunction of the muscles that raise the eyelid or their nerve supply. It can affect one eye or both, and is more common in the elderly as muscles in the eyelids begin to deteriorate.
Ptosis can sometimes be present at birth (congenital ptosis), or it may appear later on (acquired ptosis) after long-term contact lens wear, trauma or eye operations including cataract surgery. Droopy eyelids can also be caused by problems with the nerves or muscles, although this is less common.
Ptosis can be corrected with specialist surgery that changes the height of the eyelid, resulting in improved sight and a more youthful appearance.
Our specialist surgeons can carry out a day case procedure, under local anaesthetic, to treat eyelid ptosis. This can help to improve your quality of vision and restore a normal appearance to the eyelid, as well as improving symmetry with the other eyelid.
Ptosis surgery usually involves shortening the muscles or tendons that raise the eyelid. The muscle or tendon is reattached to the eyelid, using sutures, which are buried beneath the skin.
Why choose the Eyelid Centre?
At Eyelid Centre, our Consultants are Ophthalmic and specialist Oculoplastics surgeons, with many years experience operating on the delicate structures around the eyes. Our surgeons are members of BOPSS (British Oculoplastics Surgery Society).