Ptosis, also known as droopy eyelids, is a common eye condition. The skin surrounding the eyelids can begin to stretch, sag, and droop. At Capital Eye Medical Group in Grass Valley and Roseville, CA, we provide treatment for ptosis. Here's what you need to know about ptosis and how our eye doctor can help.

Causes of Ptosis

Ptosis is caused by weakening muscles in the upper eyelids. Common causes of ptosis include aging, but it can also be caused by nerve or muscular disorders. Age-related ptosis can worsen over time. However, ptosis that develops unexpectedly could indicate a severe neurologic condition. Other causes of ptosis include:

  • Infection or injuries to the eye
  • Nerve problems caused by diabetes
  • Muscular Dystrophy
  • Horner's Syndrome

When Does Ptosis Appear?

Ptosis can occur at any age. However, it is more common in patients over 40. Patents that develop the condition at a young age are diagnosed with congenital ptosis. Contact one of our offices as soon as you notice any sagging of your eyelids. 

Risk Factors for Ptosis

You're more likely to develop this condition as you age since the muscles around the eyes become weaker. Trauma to the eyes can also be a precursor to developing ptosis. Any injury that causes the eyelids to stretch or cause nerve damage can lead to ptosis. You can avoid ptosis by not excessively rubbing your eyes or using rigid contact lenses. Not all cases are preventable, but we can determine the cause of the condition at our offices.

Treating Ptosis

Our ophthalmologist will determine the cause of ptosis. From there, we can perform an outpatient procedure to correct ptosis. During the procedure, you will be given a local anesthetic and some medication to help you relax. Our ophthalmologist will then target and correct the weakened eye muscles. 

Ptosis and Vision

It is vital to correct ptosis since it can cause functional and cosmetic issues. For example, you may notice difficulty performing daily activities, such as reading or driving, with ptosis.

Visit Capital Eye Medical Group for Ptosis Treatment in Roseville or Grass Valley

Ptosis can lower your self-esteem and negatively impact your performance throughout daily life. That's why at Capital Eye Medical Group, we are dedicated to providing patients the care they need to effectively treat ptosis. Contact our Roseville or Grass Valley office today to book your next appointment or to learn more about how our ophthalmologist can help. 

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