What kind of doctor corrects ptosis?
Your ophthalmologist determines the type of ptosis based on your medical history and the results of the comprehensive eye exam the doctor may have performed. You may then be referred to an oculoplastic specialist—an ophthalmologist with advanced training in plastic surgery of the eyes and surrounding areas.
How much does ptosis correction surgery cost?
Eyelid surgery for correction of ptosis is virtually identical to that for facial rejuvenation, meaning the costs are essentially the same. The average cost of eyelid surgery ranges between $2,000 and $5,000 depending on the number of eyelids being treated and the exact type of treatment you receive.
Is ptosis surgery risky?
Conclusion: Serious corneal complications in ptosis surgery are rare. However, a risk may occur long after initial surgery. Congenital malformation ptosis associated with oculomotor disorder seems to present a higher risk of corneal complication in combination with specific predisposing factors.
Can I fix ptosis without surgery?
Congenital ptosis will not get better without surgery. However, early correction will help the child to develop normal vision in both eyes. Some acquired ptosis that is caused by nerve problems will improve without treatment.
Does insurance cover ptosis surgery?
In general, insurance companies do not cover ptosis surgery. However, if your ptosis is severe enough that your eyelids cause a significant visual obstruction and the condition affects your daily living activities, insurance coverage may be offered.
Is ptosis correction permanent?
The results of the ptosis repair procedure are permanent; however, if the eyelid muscle continues to weaken over time, a second surgery may be required to correct it.
How painful is ptosis surgery?
Ptosis can be corrected in most cases with a quick operation that takes between 30-60 minutes. This surgery is done as a day procedure so you do not have to stay in overnight. You will have a “freezing injection” (local anaesthetic) and some mild sedation so you do not experience any discomfort.
How long does ptosis repair last?
Most individuals will have swelling and some degree of bruising that will gradually improve over the first 1 to 3 weeks. Patient healing, however, is variable with some individuals healing much quicker than others. Near complete tissue healing usually occurs by 4 months.
Is a droopy eyelid a lazy eye?
It can affect one or both eyelids. Congenital ptosis can impair vision and cause amblyopia, sometimes known as lazy eye. In a 2013 study of 107 children with ptosis, researchers noted lazy eye in around 1 in 7 of the participants. People can also acquire ptosis later in life.
Does ptosis get worse with age?
Ptosis is often a long-term problem. In most children with untreated congenital ptosis, the condition is fairly stable and does not get worse as the child grows. In people with age-related ptosis, however, the drooping can increase gradually over the years.