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What is Ptosis (Dropping Eyelids)

Ptosis is an abnormally low position (drooping) of the upper eyelid.
The drooping may be worse after being awake longer, when the individual's muscles are tired.

People at risk for developing ptosis include those with eye tumors, diabetes, neurological disorders and cancer. Older people are often at higher risk because aging sometimes can cause the eye muscles to weaken.

Ptosis Diagnosis and Treatment

The Optometrists at Eye Associates of West Columbia can diagnose ptosis by conducting a thorough examination of the eyelids. A field of vision test can be perform to determine the impact and severity of the condition on the patient. If the condition is significantly impacting their vision, the results of the test can often be provided to the patientís insurance carrier for coverage on treatment.

Typically, the best treatment option for ptosis is usually eyelid surgery (or blepharoplasty) which tightens the muscles of the eyelids. In some cases, the eyebrows may also be surgically lifted. Surgery usually produces favorable outcomes for the ptosis patient, improving both vision and appearance.

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