The delicate skin that forms your eyelids tends to show the signs of aging long before they’re evident on the rest of your face. As aging affects eyelid muscles, you may develop ptosis as your eyelid loses tone. Alethia Pantazis, MD, at Vitality Medicine specializes in eye aesthetics and has extensive experience performing surgery such as blepharoplasty to correct eyelid problems. If you’d like help with eyelid problems, call the office in Ocala and The Villages, Florida, or book an appointment online.
Ptosis (“toe-sis”) is a condition in which the upper eyelid droops over the eye. When ptosis occurs in children, it’s a congenital condition caused by problems with the levator muscle, which is responsible for lifting the eyelid.
Children born with ptosis have a higher risk of vision problems such as amblyopia (lazy eye), astigmatism, and crossed eyes. Even if children have a mild case of ptosis, they should get yearly comprehensive eye exams to catch and correct vision problems.
Adults also develop ptosis, usually when their levator muscle stretches, thins out, or detaches from the eyelid. This type of age-related ptosis, called involutional ptosis, develops gradually over the years.
Involutional ptosis may also occur after nerves that control the levator muscle are damaged or as a side effect of eye surgery. Although it’s not common, several diseases and health problems can lead to ptosis, including, diabetes, myasthenia gravis, a stroke, a tumor, or eyelid swelling.
Dr. Pantazis surgically repairs ptosis by tightening the muscle responsible for lifting the lid or by reattaching the muscle to the eyelid, depending on the cause of your ptosis. In rare cases, the muscle may be so weak that the eyelid must be connected to other muscles that can lift the lid.
Ptosis repair can be done alone or during a blepharoplasty if you’d like to make aesthetic changes to the appearance of your eyelids. Most of these procedures can be done in the office without the need of general anesthesia.
Blepharoplasty is plastic surgery that treats age-related changes in your eyelids. Although it’s often done to improve your appearance, the surgery is also performed to improve your vision when excess eyelid skin or fat gets in the way.
Dr. Pantazis may recommend blepharoplasty if you’d like to improve problems such as:
During any type of eyelid surgery, Dr. Pantazis carefully makes the incision in a place where the small scar is naturally concealed.
If you have any problems with your eyelids or concerns about the appearance of delicate tissues around your eyes, you can count on the artistic eye and surgical expertise of Dr. Pantazis to deliver the results you desire. To schedule an appointment, call Vitality Medicine or use the online booking tool.