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Ophthalmologist in Brooklyn

Brooklyn Eyelid Surgery

Ptosis is a condition that refers to the drooping of an upper eyelid, of one or both eyes. The severity of ptosis varies, and can be barely noticeable, or the lid can descend over the entire pupil. Even though ptosis can affect both children and adults, it usually occurs because of aging. Our ophthalmologist in Brooklyn explains to our patients that the most obvious sign of ptosis is the drooping eyelid. Depending on how severely the lid droops, people with ptosis can actually have difficulty seeing. The degree of droopiness varies from one person to the next, and if you think you may have ptosis, compare a recent photo of your face with one from 10 or 20 years ago. This comparison will most likely show a difference in the eyelid skin.

Ptosis can also look similar to dermatochalasis, a group of connective tissue diseases that cause skin to hang in folds. These diseases are related to less-than-normal elastic tissue formation and our ophthalmologist in Brooklyn should be able to tell whether or not this is the cause of your drooping eyelid. A droopy eyelid makes it more difficult to open your eye fully, which can, unfortunately, interfere with your vision. Ptosis can be present at birth, or develop due to aging, injury, or an aftereffect of cataract surgery, or other corrective eye surgery. Ptosis can also be caused by a problem with the muscles lifting the eyelid, called levators. In certain cases, a person’s facial structure causes difficulties with their levator muscles. An eye tumor, neurological disorder, or a systemic disease like diabetes, can be other causes of drooping eyelids. Drooping eyelids have also been reported as a side-effect from certain injectable cosmetic fillers.

Surgery is usually the best treatment for ptosis, and our ophthalmologist in Brooklyn will tighten levator muscles to lift eyelids, giving you improved vision and appearance. In extreme cases involving weakened levator muscles, our surgeon attaches the eyelid under the eyebrow, allowing the forehead muscles to substitute for levator muscles in lifting your eyelid. Children born with moderate or severe ptosis will need surgical treatment, also called blepharoplasty, in order for proper vision to develop. Failure to treat ptosis can result in amblyopia (diminished vision in one eye) and a lifetime of poor vision.

Ptosis Treatment Flatlands
1987 Utica Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11234
718-968-8700

East Flatbush Ophthalmologist

East Flatbush Ophthalmologist

Part of our medical treatment services provided by our East Flatbush ophthalmologist at Brook Plaza Ophthalmology is the treatment of a condition known as ptosis. Ptosis is a medical term for a condition in which the upper eyelid becomes droopy and therefore can obstruct your vision by covering the pupil either somewhat or completely. Ptosis often makes it difficult for you to keep your eye completely open because of the dropping of your upper eyelid. Ptosis often occurs in older patients due to a weakening of the muscle involved. This condition can also be present at birth, can result after optical surgery such as LASIK, or it can be a result of trauma to the eye.

Ptosis fortunately has treatments that are effective in most patients, especially when provided by our expert East Flatbush ophthalmologist. We typically recommend surgical procedures in order to correct ptosis. Surgical methods are used to tighten the muscle that has weakened and is causing your eyelid to droop and obstruct your vision. Another surgical method that we use depending on how weak the muscle is is known as a “sling” operation which utilizes your forehead to move up the eyelid and to keep it from sliding back down. Our experts here at Brook Plaza Ophthalmology will perform thorough evaluations and analyses on your eye area in order to determine which procedure will provide you with the best results.

To learn more about other eye conditions we treat and other services that we provide at Brook Plaza Ophthalmology, feel free to browse through our practice’s website and to get in touch with us if you have any specific questions or concerns. You can contact us either by calling us and speaking to a member of our friendly, helpful staff by phone, or you can send us a message online using the Contact Us form on our website. You may also choose to stop in to see our East Flatbush ophthalmologist and the rest of our team of staff members during our designated store hours and speak to us in person. We hope to see you soon at Brook Plaza Ophthalmology.

Ptosis East Flatbush
1987 Utica Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11234
718-968-8700