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Ptosis: Can it be fixed without Surgery? Here’s what to Know about Ptosis Correction

Ptosis is a medical condition characterized by drooping of the upper eyelid. It may be congenital, whereby it is caused by problems with the child’s levator muscle.

Levator muscle is the muscle that aids in lifting the eyelid. Ptosis may also be due to old age or injuries that cause problems with the levator muscle.

Depending on the severity of your ptosis, the eyelid may only droop just a little over your eye or too much that it ends up covering your pupil, implying that it may cause partial or even complete vision blockage. Ptosis treatment in Singapore for such cases would be your best way out if you wish to restore your vision.

Can you Fix Ptosis Naturally without Surgery?

Ptosis can be corrected, but the treatment option that would be ideal for you or your loved one will depend on factors like age, the cause, and even the severity of your condition. For instance, if you are only noticing that your eyes are beginning to look more tired or sleepy or if the eyelids just seem heavy, you can benefit from eyelid exercises.

Here is the twist; scientific studies are yet to confirm if eyelid exercises can work for ptosis. The only basis of this argument is that scientific studies have demonstrated that you can counteract the effects of muscle deterioration and weakness by continually engaging the target muscles. This implies that the exercises would increase your muscle strength and cause a lifting effect on the target areas.

Some studies also suggest that a resistance workout may also improve a drooping eyelid. To naturally fix ptosis without surgery with a resistance workout, you will need to place a finger beneath your eyebrows and then raise them, maintaining them at a raised position for several seconds to work the eyelid muscles.

This would then create resistance that’s akin to what you’d get if you are strength training. You may also work your eyelid muscles by quickly, blinking forcibly, or rolling your eyes.

If only one of your eyes is affected by ptosis, you may try to fix it naturally without surgery by doing the eye patch workout. For this exercise, you will need to use an eye patch to cover the good eye and then make the weaker eyelid do several natural eye exercises.

The Trataka yogic eye exercise may also be beneficial for managing mild ptosis without surgery at home. This exercise is designed for vision improvement and general eye health. 

It may be beneficial because it involves eye movements that would engage your weaker eyelid muscles. To perform this exercise, fix your eye on an object and then stare at it continually without changing the gaze. Maintain that position for as much as possible.

If the eye exercises don’t help you or your loved one’s drooping eyelid condition, but you still don’t wish to go under the knife for ptosis correction, you may benefit from drooping eyelid medical treatments. In this case, the eye drops or use of a ptosis crutch may be your best way out.

  • Eye Drops

Eye drops may be recommended for you if you are getting temporary eyelid droop due to Botox injection complications. Some studies suggest that since apraclonidine eye drops cause the eyes to contract, thereby mimicking the action of droopy eyelid exercises; it may help you recover faster from Botox injection side effects, thereby reducing your need for ptosis surgery.

  • The Ptosis Crutch

This is a non-surgical and non-invasive option for managing severe ptosis conditions which cause the eyelids to obstruct vision. For this treatment, your doctor will give you a special device, known as the ptosis crutch.

The ptosis crutch will be positioned at the point where your orbital fold (a line in your eyelid’s skin) would be if you didn’t have ptosis. It would then create a fold above your eye to tuck the eyelid in and then raise it above your pupil to improve your vision.

Ptosis surgery may be recommended if any of the above treatment options are not applicable for your condition. If a ptosis surgery is recommended to elevate your eyelid and correct you or your loved one’s drooping eyelid condition, here’s a summary of what you can expect.

Your oculoplastic surgeon will firstly do diagnostic tests to examine your levator muscle strength. Depending on the results of those diagnostic tests, here are the common ptosis surgery options that may be suggested to improve your vision.

  • Levator Advancement/External Ptosis Surgery Approach

This ptosis treatment option may be ideal if you have strong levator muscle function. For this procedure, your oculoplastic surgeon will reposition your levator muscle to give you a lifted eyelid effect that will improve your vision and cosmetic appeal.

  • Internal Ptosis Surgery Approach

This treatment option would also only be valid for you or your loved one if you have strong levator muscle function. Here, the oculoplastic surgeon will turn your eyelid inside out and proceed to shorten the affected eyelid muscles from inside your eyelid. This will also give you a lifted eyelid effect that would improve your vision and cosmetic appeal.

  • Frontalis Sling Fixation Ptosis Surgery

This ptosis surgical treatment option will be viable for you if you have poor levator muscle function. Just as it sounds, the surgeon will use the frontalis muscle as the anchor for supporting your drooping eyelid. 

For all these surgical procedures, your surgeon will suggest guidelines you will need to adhere to minimize risks for complications and ensure that you get the best results you hope for from the treatments. Some of these may involve avoiding certain types of foods and drinks for a couple of weeks.

You will also need to take good care of your eyes to ensure a quick recovery. Again, you may be required to avoid some lifestyle activities and even foodstuffs, for example, alcohol consumption and smoking. 

You will also be advised to avoid rubbing your eyes or engaging in activities that irritate your eyes. The eye surgeon will prescribe essential medications to manage potential side effects like eye dryness.

Wrapping Up

You may be able to fix ptosis without surgery but this will largely depend on the severity of your condition. As a general rule, consult with a qualified medical doctor before trying any treatment option. Schedule an appointment with us now to arrange for your treatment or learn more about ptosis treatment options.


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