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How Much Should I Worry About Ptosis
Ptosis = a falling: Ptosis is a greek word that means 'a falling'. Without anatomic context, by itself the word means nothing. For example, blepharoptosis is sagging of the upper eyelid edge (not excess skin hanging over eyelid), breast ptosis is self explanatory, gastroptosis refers to a sagging stomach, neprhoptosis is a sagging kidney, and visceroptosis is ptosis of any other visceral organ. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends: Ptosis of the eyelids can be something you are born with, and it can be acquired from trauma, muscular disorders and vascular disorders. If of acute onset see your ophthalmologist to determine the cause. Treatment may involve certain drugs, or surgery and sometimes it is best left alone. ...Read more
Could be: Most common cause of ptosis is age related but you also could inherit ptosis from your family and that is called congenital ptosis. It could be from mild to severe. If you have a mild ptosis that you inherit from your family, as you get older this could get worse and you will need surgery to corrected even if you did not needed when you were younger. ...Read more
Depends on the cause: There are many causes for eyelid ptosis, so the cause must be identified before a treatment plan can be generated. I deal with many patients who have ptosis, and i would be happy to see you in consultation (i am located in san jose, ca.). ...Read more
None: Eyelid ptosis is a droop of the upper lid due to muscle weakness or malposition. Surgery is the only permanent corrective. There is a temporary appliance hooked onto glasses called a ptosis crutch which can lift the lid but this is uncomfortable and not a long term solution. No exercises will help. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Rarely inherited: Most ptosis of the eyelids, which i assume is what you are referring to, is either a birth defect, or an acquired condition due to trauma, muscular disease or age related skin laxity. Few of these are inherited so most ptosis occurs in a given individual (you in this case) and your relatives are likely to be fine. ...Read more
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