Facts About Ptosis

Ptosis is a condition that causes one or both eyelids to droop.  When considering the adoption of a child with this medical condition, understand that it is common, and easily correctable.  In some cases, a child may also have a "lazy" eye in addition to the ptosis. 

With a simple surgery, this condition is easily corrected. Occasionally the Ptosis is severe and can interfere with a child's vision. Ptosis is due to a weak muscle above the eye known as a levator muscle. Children may attempt to see over the drooping eyelid by tilting their heads back or by raising their eyebrows. 

Ptosis Challenges

  • In some cases, Ptosis may result in the development of a lazy eye.

Ptosis Treatment

  • Early treatment is important for the well-being of the child. Plastic surgery can rid the child of ptosis, and doctors can perform this procedure at any age.
  • This condition does not affect a child's intellect unless the lack of visual stimulation delays brain development. Children with this condition suffer no further ill effects after surgery.

Ptosis Prognosis

With a simple surgery, this condition is easily corrected. 

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