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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.
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.See 1 more doctor answer
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.
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.
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.
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.).
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.See 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.
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.See 2 more doctor answers
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.See 1 more doctor answer
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.
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.
Not really: Is age related not race related.Get a more detailed answer ›
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.See 1 more doctor answer
Surgery: It just means you were born with lower upper lid. You can treat this surgically.
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.