Ptosis condition, or by it’s full technical term known as blepharoptosis, is a condition where the upper and/or lower eyelids sag causing moderate to severe discomfort and vision impairment closing off in part, or in full the pupil which impairs the normal visual area as well as in some cases causing physical damage to the eye socket and may even cause inflammation, rash and invertment where the lids turn onto themselves.
Ptosis by age
Althought mostly pertaining to groups of individuals well into their retirement age, ptosis is still a fairly common occurence among the younger generation. Although extreamly rare but there ahve been cases observed even in young children.
The most common cause for blepharoptosis is genetics. People where their parents and grand parents had large bags over and under their upper eyelids are almost always prown to the same condition. Often in the early stages, ptosis is often mistaken for simple lack of sleep, bags over and under the eyes, etc. Other rare cases may be environmental. In cases where the skin has been exposed to harsh environmental factors such as someone in the maritime profession like fishermen. Where their skin and eyes are constantly bombarded by sun and salt.
Ptosis has a full range of severity levels from very moderate to quite severe and debilitating causing blindness due to eye abstraction. In moderate cases it may be as something simple as a slight deformation of the eyelid. In severe cases eyelids can block the pupil completely sometimes even having what’s known as entropion where eyelid is turned inward or ectropion where the eyelid is turned outward. In some cases it has been observed that the eyelids may actually get irritated and infected.
Ptosis is often a very easy condition to treat. The bigger problem is that in most cases the treatments are often done by plastic surgeons where they perform a procedure called blepharoplasty. Because of the “cosmetic” nature of the procedure it is often quite difficult to prove to the insurance companies that there is an actual medical need for the treatment. However, in most cases where the medical need is clear, there should be no substantial problems with procedure coverage.
Treatment mostly consists of upper blepharoplasty a.k.a. upper eyelid surgery. However sometimes in more severe cases lower blepharoplasty is performed as well. And in quite rare cases the forehead lift and/or eyebrow lift might be required as well. for more treatment information read here.