ptosis repair

Patients consider ptosis surgery when their upper eyelids are drooping, causing impaired vision due to the covering of the pupil. Additionally, droopy eyelids may not be aesthetically pleasing, and so patients may consider ptosis repair for cosmetic reasons.

Milan Eye Center in metro Atlanta has board-certified eye surgeons specializing in ptosis repair, and they are available today to meet with you during a free consultation. Read on for more information about ptosis repair or call Milan Eye Center today for an appointment.

Ptosis Repair Procedure

Droopy eyelids occur when there is a gradual stretching of the tissue that supports the lid caused by aging, long term contact wear, or injury.

Children may also experience droopy eyelids (congenital ptosis) due to hereditary factors or developmental issues in the levator muscle; their surgeries can be performed between the ages of 3-5 to promote proper visual development.

After a thorough examination, the ophthalmologists at Milan Eye Center will gauge whether ptosis repair is appropriate based on the patient’s ocular and medical history. Some patients require the levator muscle (eyelid muscle) be tightened, while others with weak levator muscles may need frontalis (muscle below the eyebrow) suspension.

When undergoing ptosis repair, patients are intravenously sedated while receiving local anesthesia and numbing eye drops to maintain optimum comfort levels. It is important for patients to have their eyes relaxed and closed for proper measurements. A small incision is made in the crease of the eyelid to maintain a natural appearance and hide any resultant scarring.

  • When using the levator muscle to correct a droopy eyelid, the tendon is tightened with temporary sutures and the incision is sealed with dissolving stitches.
  • When using frontalis suspension, a tiny rod or band is inserted through the eyelid and into the eyebrow muscle.

These procedures elevate the droopy lid, giving a symmetrical, aesthetically pleasing appearance while correcting for any vision interferences caused by the lid. The procedure takes about 45 minutes per eye.

Recovery After Ptosis Repair

Ptosis repair is an outpatient procedure, but a friend or caregiver will need to drive the patient home afterward. Patients should not drive or partake in strenuous activity for the first couple of days. Eye drops and a lubricant will be given to keep the eyes from becoming dry or sore.

Minimal bruising, swelling, and discomfort are normal for the first week, and residual bruising may last up to three weeks. Most patients feel they can return to normal activity levels after the first few days. A follow-up appointment is necessary 6-10 days after the procedure to confirm the eyelid is healing properly. Results are best after the eyelid has had time to settle—up to several months after the procedure—and scars should be unnoticeable in the crease of the eye.

Contact Milan Eye Center About Ptosis Repair In Atlanta

Milan Eye Center is a leading ophthalmology practice in the Atlanta area, specializing in the treatment and diagnosis of numerous eye conditions. If you are suffering from ptosis or droopy eyelids, contact our specialists: (678) 381-2020.

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