Ptosis (ตาตก, which is the term in Thai) or droopy eyelids, is when several physical or mental factors, can cause the drooping or falling of eyelids obstructing your vision, completely or partially. It may affect one of your eyelids which are called unilateral Ptosis. Bilateral Ptosis is when both of your eyelids are affected.
It can hamper the way of your life and even cause blindness in the long run. But usually, a quick simple doctor-recommended surgery can give you a permanent fix. And a milder degree of the condition may even heal itself naturally. Lazy eye or amblyopia, a common condition among children is often caused due to inherent Ptosis.
What Can Trigger Ptosis?
Ptosis can be genetic in many cases (as it is mostly in cases of children) but there are several internal and external factors as well. Ranging from common causes to rare, these are:
- Due To Botox Injections Or Cosmetic Surgeries.
- Damage Of Nerves In The Eye Muscles Or Other Persistent Neurological Problems.
- Prior Eye Surgeries.
- Excessive Rubbing Of The Eye.
- Trauma Or Injuries To The Eye Or The Areas Around It.
- Tumors, Cysts, Or Swelling Of The Eyelids.
- Using Stiff Contact Lenses.
How Can Ptosis Be Treated?
Drooping eyelids is not a condition that can be avoided but it can be easily curable depending on its stage. If the condition isn’t hindering your vision or causing major physical discomfort, eye exercises or other simpler approaches can help.
- Eye Exercises: Eye rolling, quick and forced blinks, closing your eyelids with raising your eyebrows and holding them in place, and other eye exercises can help a droopy eyelid.
- Eye Drops: There are certain eye drops such as Apraclonidine drops which help quickly in case of temporary Ptosis.
- Ptosis Crutch: For a non-surgical procedure, a physical device called the Ptosis Crutch can be used to hold your eyelids in place. This is attached to your glasses and is a non-invasive approach.
- Surgery: Surgery is always the best and permanent remedy for Ptosis. A medical or plastic surgery will help remedy droopy eyelids. However, it is necessary to seek a well-experienced surgeon as under correcting or over correcting the condition will again pose problems.
While Ptosis is a disorder of its own and is deemed treatable, it may also be a symptom of underlying other diseases. It is best to book a doctor’s appointment, whatever is the degree of the condition.