you child has Ptosis
Ptosis (pronounced "toe-sis") means droopy eyelid(s)
What causes Ptosis?
Ptosis usually occurs in children as a congenital problem due
to weakness of the muscle that raises the upper eyelid(s).
Occasionally there may be other causes, such as trauma or a
neurological cause. Your doctor may do test to find out the
cause of your child's Ptosis.
What can happen if you have Ptosis?
Amblyopia (decreased vision or "lazy eye") may occur in the
affected eye if the droopy eyelid blocks vision.
The child may have
to tilt his or her head back to see better from under the
Droopy eyelids may
cause the fhild to look uninterested or inattentive. Other
people's reaction to the child's appearance may affect his
or her self-image.
What is the treatment?
If the Ptosis is significant enough, various surgical procedures
can be used to correct it. If the child's vision is affected
surgery may be performed at an earlier age. Your doctor will
discuss with you which procedure is best for your child based on
the severity if the Ptosis and the age of the child.
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