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Dr. Richard Bensinger Dr. Bensinger
Ophthalmology
48 years in practice
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
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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.

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Dr. John Park Dr. Park
Surgery - Plastics
16 years in practice
Keck School of Medicine of University of Southern California
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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.

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Dr. Matheson Harris Dr. Harris
Ophthalmology
12 years in practice
Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine
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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.

Dr. Richard Bensinger Dr. Bensinger
Ophthalmology
48 years in practice
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
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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.

Dr. Soheila Rostami Dr. Rostami
Ophthalmology
years in practice
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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.

Dr. Barry Press Dr. Press
Surgery - Plastics
40 years in practice
The University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine
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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.).

Dr. Joseph Bouvier Dr. Bouvier
Pediatrics
21 years in practice
University of Massachusetts Medical School
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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.

Dr. Richard Bensinger Dr. Bensinger
Ophthalmology
48 years in practice
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
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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.

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Dr. Alan Jackson Dr. Jackson
Addiction Medicine
26 years in practice
Tulane University School of Medicine
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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.

Dr. Richard Bensinger Dr. Bensinger
Ophthalmology
48 years in practice
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
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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.

Dr. Richard Bensinger Dr. Bensinger
Ophthalmology
48 years in practice
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
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My sister says she has ptosis. Are family members more likely to get the same thing?

My sister says she has ptosis. Are family members more likely to get the same thing?

Unlikely: Most ptosis is individually acquired and not inherited. Your sister's ophthalmologist can evaluate her and tell you why she has it. You are unlikely to have the same history.

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Dr. Ilan Cohen Dr. Cohen
Ophthalmology
21 years in practice
Tufts University School of Medicine
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What are ptosis & anisometropia?

What are ptosis & anisometropia?

See below: Ptosis in reference to the eye means a drooping eyelid. This can be from a variety of causes. Anisometropia refers to a significant difference in the prescription of the two eyes. A large difference between the two can lead to problems using the two eyes together if it is not corrected.

Dr. Andres Sarraga Dr. Sarraga
Surgery - Plastics
13 years in practice
University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine
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Is it advisable to go for revisional ptosis surgeyru?

Depends: It depends which kind of ptosis you refer to. There is eyelid or breast ptosis are the most common ones. Sometimes ptosis surgery needs to be repeated because of the eyes are uneven or because it recurred. In either of cases it is appropriate to do it, if sufficient time has gone by.

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Dr. William Kasper Dr. Kasper
Ophthalmology
50 years in practice
Catholic University of Louvain Faculty of Medicine
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Ptosis surgery, is it worth the risk?

Ptosis surgery, is it worth the risk?

See Ophthalmologist: Oculoplastic surgeon (ophthalmology sub specialty) should evaluate. Important factors include whether it is eyelid or brow ptosis or combination. Cosmetic or functional (blocking the pupil) is another criteria. One side or both is a factor. Underlying causes and general medical condition should be checked.

Dr. Yale Kanter Dr. Kanter
Ophthalmology
57 years in practice
Dalhousie University Faculty of Medicine
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Is it rare for children to have ptosis?

Is it rare for children to have ptosis?

Ptosid.: Ptosis in children is usually congenital. It can however occur in other circumstances and if it is new it needs to be evaluated.

Dr. Warren Stiles Dr. Stiles
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
28 years in practice
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
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How many years can you go without having Ptosis surgery again?

How many years can you go without having Ptosis surgery again?

Ptosis: Ptosis usually refers to drooping or sagging of tissue or a particular structure, and is not a diagnosis in itself. However, I am assuming you are talking about your eyelids, in which case, would probably depend on when it restricts your visual field of view. Most issues involving Ptosis of a structure are going to be more quality of life issues, and the individual is the one who determines when.

Dr. Andres Sarraga Dr. Sarraga
Surgery - Plastics
13 years in practice
University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine
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What causes ptosis? Is there anything than surgery to treat it?

What causes ptosis? Is there anything than surgery to treat it?

Muscle or stretching: The two main things that may cause drooping of the lids are either the stretching of the connection of your levator muscle that lifts your eyelid or a problem with the muscle itself. There are no exercises that make it better. Also a very low brow or too much skin on your upper lids may look like ptosis. Surgery is the only way to improve it.

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Dr. Benjamin Chun Dr. Chun
Ophthalmology
24 years in practice
Dartmouth Medical School
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Is there something called congenital ptosis, and how is it treated?

Is there something called congenital ptosis, and how is it treated?

Surgery: It just means you were born with lower upper lid. You can treat this surgically.

Dr. Richard Bensinger Dr. Bensinger
Ophthalmology
48 years in practice
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
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Eyelid dysfunction-ptosis, omg?

Is this new?: Your left upper lid droop (ptosis) if of recent origin needs to be evaluated for cause - see your ophthalmologist. If of long standing and you have finally become tired of it, then an oculoplastic surgeon should be consulted for the options in corrective surgery. This is usually a cosmetic/functional issue and does not come to the level of omg.

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