So what is Ptosis? Ptosis is a low-hanging upper or lower eyelid which can cause vision impairment, corneal irritation, watery eyes and other problems. Correction is usually surgical, but the cause should be determined in advance.
Do you think you might be suffering from ptosis? Make an appointment today and find out if a surgical procedure is the best solution for you.
Causes of ptosis
Ptosis has various causes and affects both children and adults.
In children, ptosis is usually a congenital condition that needs to be corrected at an early stage to avoid sometimes permanent eye injury.
Later in life, ptosis is linked to neurological, infectious, traumatic, tumoral, toxic/drug and other less frequent causes.
The most common cause of upper eyelid ptosis in the elderly are the tiny muscles (Levator and Müller muscles) which contract or relax to open and close the eyelid. This can occur in one (unilateral) or both (bilateral) eyes.
Treatment – Ptosis of the upper eyelid
The procedure usually consists of shortening the static muscle insertion as precisely as possible and attaching it back to the eyelid. The correct measurements for muscle and axial eye length correction are important and require extensive practice and experience.
Other techniques such as internally attaching the lids to the forehead muscles or shortening the smaller Müller muscle are sometimes used, but these are less common.
Treatment – Ptosis of the lower eyelid
In the case of the lower eyelid, the lower lid becomes detached, sometimes from the eyeball itself (ectropion). The flow of tears will become impaired, leading to symptoms of irritation in the eyes.
Ptosis of the lower eyelids, just like in a lower eyelid correction, is accompanied by heavy bags under the eyes and excess skin. The treatment is therefore similar.
Repositioning and retraction of the lower eyelid (canthopexy) will correct both lower lid ptosis and bags under the eyes.
The chance of experiencing complications after ptosis surgery is small. Our surgeons will discuss the risks and follow-up treatment before the procedure.
After the procedure, we recommend you take note of the following points:
- Do not lower your head (e.g. tie shoe laces) or lie flat. If you sleep on your back, prop yourself up with a double thickness pillow.
- Avoid stress and try to remain relaxed and rested; your blood pressure should remain low. Reading and watching television are permitted.
- Aftercare consists of anti-inflammatory agents and painkillers in combination with gentle cooling. No ice or cold packs should be placed directly onto the eye; always use a thick piece of cloth to wrap around them. Even better, place a clean flannel moistened with cold water onto the eye.
- Eye drops (Artificial tears), and an ointment to be applied onto the scar tissue, should be used for 1 week.
- Stitches will be removed within 1 week.
Corrective eyelid surgery pricing
At Focus Eye Clinic, we consciously implement an extremely transparent price policy. You pay the correct price for the latest eyelid correction technology.
Correction of the lower eyelids costs €1,500. If the purpose of your treatment is cosmetic rather than therapeutic, a surcharge of 21% VAT will be added.
For pre-operative screening we charge a one-off price of €60. Post-operative follow-up as well as aftercare and removal of stitches is included.