DescriptionPtosis, pronounced toe-sis, is the medical term for drooping of the upper eyelids. The droopy eyelid can be mild to severe. People who have ptosis may complain that people tell them they look ‚Äútired or lazy.‚Ä? Because of a constant effort to raise the eyelids it is not uncommon to also complain of fatigue and tension headaches.
The most common reason for ptosis is acquired ptosis , which develops as we age. This is due to disinsertion of the tendon that holds the eyelid up in a normal anatomic position. Another cause is congenital ptosis , which happens when a child is born with droopy eyelids. This is rather an urgent medical condition for the child and surgery may be needed to prevent permanent loss of vision in the affected eye. Other rare causes of ptosis include myogenic ptosis from conditions such as Myasthenia gravis, neurogenic ptosis , due to third nerve palsy and mechanical ptosis from tumors or trauma.
6) I notice and I am told by others that I always look tired, is there anything that could be done for this?
Droopy eyelids can give the false impression that you are tired. Raising the eyelid will give a more awake and alert, youthful appearance.
7) Does my insurance cover this procedure?
The insurance should cover most children with ptosis because of its urgency. However on adults a visual field test is performed to determine how much of the superior vision is affected by the ptosis.