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How effective are the ptosis "crutch" glasses?

How effective are the ptosis "crutch" glasses?

Somewhat effective: These elevate the lid and allow the eye to be opened. They do interfere with normal blinking and some find them less than tolerable. But others do not mind this and it does prevent the need for surgery. ...Read more

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What is ptosis?

What is 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 more

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If ptosis do I have omg?

If ptosis do I have omg?

It's possible: Ocular myasthenia gravis does cause ptosis, which usually gets worse as the day progresses and may wax and wane. However, there are many causes for drooping eyelids that are more common. An ophthalmologist can diagnose the cause for you. ...Read more

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What do you recommend for ptosis?

What do you recommend for ptosis?

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

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Is ptosis from mild mg inherited?

Is ptosis from mild mg inherited?

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

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I have mild ptosis. How can I fix this?

I have mild ptosis. How can I fix this?

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

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What is ptosis and can it be easily fixed?

What is ptosis and can it be easily fixed?

Upper eyeliddrooping: Blepharoptosis (or ptosis) is the result of dysfunctioning of one or both upper eyelid elevator muscles. The causes can be varied and you should see an ophthalmologist for an eye exam. ...Read more

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Are there any exercises that can help ptosis ?

Are there any exercises that can help ptosis ?

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 more

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Could you tell me what happens if you leave ptosis untreated?

Could you tell me what happens if you leave ptosis untreated?

Nothing: In kids leaving ptosis untreated may cause amblyopia, but with adults this is not a concern. The ptosis just blocks the vision. ...Read more

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How come I have ptosis, but nobody else in the family has it?

How come I have ptosis, but nobody else in the family has it?

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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