Eye Conditions and Treatment

Ptosis is treated in the Oculoplastic & Reconstructive Surgery Service

Ptosis (drooping eyelid)

Ptosis is when the muscle that raises the upper eyelid fails to develop properly in one or both eyes. When an eyelid droops and covers half the eye, that eye may mistakenly appear smaller than the other. Ptosis sometimes may result in amblyopia. If the ptosis is severe, surgery is required to lift the eyelid.

Signs and Symptoms

  • Drooping eyelid
  • Smaller than normal looking eye
  • Loss of vision in the upper field
  • Tilting the head back to see

Treatment and Prevention

  • Surgery
  • If a result of disease the disease will be treated first in hopes of reversal of ptosis