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Ptosis is a drooping of the upper eyelid that can cause vision loss. Two major types of ptosis are often seen. Acquired ptosis is the most common type of ptosis and is seen with increasing frequency in older patients. A broken muscle in the eyelid is the most frequent cause of acquired ptosis. When the muscle tendon becomes disconnected, the eyelid droops. Repairing acquired ptosis involves repairing the broken tendon.

Congenital ptosis is the other major type of ptosis. Children with congenital ptosis have a levator muscle that is poorly developed. The muscle does not have the strength to elevate the eyelid. A drooped eyelid, arched eyebrows and a poorly developed eyelid fold are often seen. Children with congenital ptosis must be evaluated to make sure that the vision is developing normally.

Other causes of ptosis are much less common. Ptosis may be associated with trauma or neurologic diseases such as myasthenia gravis and stroke.

The treatment for ptosis requires surgery. Acquired ptosis repair involves repairing the broken eyelid tendon. Congenital ptosis repair involves strengthening the eyelid muscle. The levator muscle is resected, which strengthens the muscle and allows the eyelid to elevate.

*While patient satisfaction with Dr. Long is high, we cannot guarantee the outcome of any surgical procedure. Individual results vary from patient to patient and it's important that you speak with Dr. Long to determine the best solution for you.