Drooping Eyelids (Ptosis) is when the muscle that lifts your eyelid becomes weak or loses strength over time.
Why you might need it
Drooping eyelids can be a congenital condition (present from birth) or more commonly caused by ageing. It can also occur in contact lens wearers due to the continuous contact with the eye upon insertion and removal of the lens as well as a result of eyelid trauma.
You will have a consultation with a specialist ophthalmology consultant, during which you can discuss the issue with your eye, and any questions that you may have. Your consultant will discuss the procedure with you so you know exactly what to expect. Your consultant may also discuss if any further diagnostic tests may be needed, such as a blood test or scan, with you.
Ptosis correction is usually done under local anaesthetic, meaning you will be awake during the procedure and the area will be numbed.
The operation usually takes between 45 minutes and 1.5 hours, depending on whether the surgeon is operating on one eye or both.
You will have local anaesthetic drops placed in your eye, as well as a local anaesthetic, applied to your eyelid then your surgeon will make a cut in the natural crease of skin on your eyelid. They will then identify the muscle that lifts the lid and shorten it to stop the drooping.
Finally, the wound will be closed using dissolvable stitches.
Following the procedure, you will be taken to a recovery room to recuperate until you are ready to go home, which will be a few hours after your procedure.
You will be given pain relief and you will need someone to drive you home as you may have a temporary dressing covering your eye(s). You may be given antibiotic drops to use in the weeks after your procedure. Your upper eyelid may also be bruised and sore for 7-10 days.
You will need to avoid getting your eyelids wet and any strenuous activity for the first week as well as avoiding wearing eye make-up.
Your consultant will advise you on when you can return to work and leisure activities.
Our dedicated team will still be there for you during each step of your recovery, even once you have left the hospital if you have any queries or concerns. Our consultants will usually book a follow-up appointment with you before you are discharged from hospital, to see how you are doing.
Whilst it is rare occurrence, surgery does carry a risk of complications. These depend on the type of operation you have as well as a variety of other factors such as your overall general health. During your consultation/s your consultant will discuss the possible risks and complications of having this procedure, and how they may apply to you, and answer any concerns or questions you have.
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