As we age, it’s common for patients to develop ptosis, often referred to as sleepy or droopy eyelids. Droopy eyelids not only make us look older, but they can also impair vision if the eyelid rests low enough on the eye to obstruct the pupil.
Although age is the most common cause of ptosis, it can be caused by other conditions as well, including congenital, traumatic or neurologic conditions. Eyelid ptosis may not be the only factor contributing to a patient’s heavy, droopy eyelids. Repairing the ptosis will not remove the excess skin. Conversely removing the excess skin will not necessarily improve ptosis.
As the Treasure Coast’s only board-certified ophthalmologist with two years of subspecialty surgical training in ocuplastics, Dr. Vickers can address both the functional issues, as well as the cosmetic issues. He treats each case of ptosis individually. The patient’s eyelids and medical history are evaluated to create a unique plan tailored to meet his or her specific needs.
The normal recovery time from ptosis surgery is less than one week, although bruising may last for several weeks. There are multiple surgical techniques for ptosis repair, some of which include an external incision, some of which are performed internally with no external incision or scar. Dr. Vickers will perform a thorough exam and formulate the best treatment plan for your droopy lids.