Ptosis (Pediatric)

What is ptosis?

Drooping of the upper eyelid is called ptosis. In adults, this condition commonly occurs as aging effects the lids, however in children it is most often the result of a problem the eyelid muscle that is present at birth.

Occasionally it is due to nerve injury or neuromuscular weakness, and can be addressed by treating the underlying cause.

In addition to its cosmetic consequences, ptosis in children can threaten vision by causing amblyopia, or blurring associated with astigmatism.

Because of the potential threat to eyesight, all children with ptosis should be seen by a pediatric ophthalmologist

What is the treatment for ptosis?

Treatment is generally surgical, and performed on an outpatient basis. The procedure is done at whatever age is necessary medically, and may have to be repeated as the child grows.