Ptosis is a condition where the upper eyelid droops. The eyelid may have a slight droop or it may actually cover the entire eye and seriously impede vision.
Ptosis in Children
Sometimes children are born with ptosis. This is referred to as congenital ptosis, and it is often the result of problems with the muscle that is responsible for lifting the eyelid. This muscle is known as the levator muscle.
Children with this eye condition may be observed to tip their head back, lift their chin, or attempt to raise their eyebrow(s) in order to see better. They may also have accompanying issues, such as eye movement and eye muscle deficits.
Ptosis Can Lead to Vision Problems
Unfortunately, children with ptosis can also develop vision problems like:
- amblyopia (lazy eye)
- misaligned (crossed) eyes
Ptosis in Adults
Ptosis in adults can occur when the muscle that opens the eye doesn’t work correctly due to age, injury, eye surgery, or tumors.
Diseases that may lead to ptosis include:
- Myasthenia Gravis
- Multiple Sclerosis
Treatment of Ptosis
Treatment largely depends on the cause. An Ophthalmologist (Eye M.D.) might elect to treat a child with ptosis caused by amblyopia with an eye patch. Adult treatments can range from eye drops to surgical intervention.
If you’re located in central New Jersey and believe you or a loved one may be suffering with ptosis, contact our office to set up an evaluation.