Ptosis is a medical condition that refers to the drooping of one or both eyelids. It can be caused by a variety of factors, including age, injury, nerve damage, or muscle weakness. Ptosis can interfere with vision and can also affect the appearance of the face.
Ptosis is a weakness of the eyelid lifter muscle that can be accompanied by a covering of the pupil. A distinction is made between congenital ptosis (ptosis congenita) and acquired ptosis. Traumatic ptosis, paralysis-related ptosis, senile ptosis, ptosis in the context of muscle diseases (such as myasthenia gravis), or ptosis due to damage to the sympathetic fibers (Horner’s syndrome) are distinguished here.
A ptosis operation, also known as blepharoptosis surgery, is a surgical procedure used to correct drooping eyelids. The procedure involves tightening the levator muscle, which is responsible for lifting the eyelid, to improve the patient’s vision and appearance. In some cases, the procedure may involve removing excess skin or fat from the eyelid to achieve the desired result.
The surgery is typically performed on an outpatient basis under local anesthesia, and patients can usually return to normal activities within a few days. Risks associated with the procedure may include infection, bleeding, and changes in vision. It is important to discuss the risks and benefits of the procedure with a qualified surgeon before undergoing surgery.
After clarification and elimination of possible causes, surgical correction of ptosis is possible in most cases. All common procedures of ptosis surgery are offered (levator resection, levator fold, levator reinsertion, and frontal suspension). Overdosing should be avoided to ensure postoperative eyelid closure, as otherwise, the cornea could dry out. These operations are generally performed on an inpatient basis at the Herzog Carl-Theodor Eye Clinic.