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Drooping Eyelid Surgery

It is not always the case that ptosis has a negative impact on vision; however, some ptosis patients may opt to have the surgery for aesthetic reasons. Drooping eyelids can impact confidence where patients very often feel that the appearance of the drooping eye/eyes makes them stand out, and therefore, they seek correction for this condition.

With ptosis surgery, the muscle that lifts the eyelid naming the levator muscle is either thinned and elongated so that the eyelid is dropped, or it has been replaced by fibro-fatty tissue and is no longer elastic and efficient.

The levator muscle has to be approached either through a small skin incision hidden in the skin crease of the upper eyelid or through a conjunctival incision from the under the surface of the eyelid and then advanced forwards or shortened towards the tarsal plate. The tarsanal plates are two comparatively thick, elongated plates of dense connective tissue, for each eyelid; they contribute to the eyelid’s form and support.

With this procedure, the eyelid becomes re-suspended at a better level eliminating the ptosis and giving a pleasing and good functioning upper eyelid.

Miss Jane Olver

Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon
Oculoplastic (Eyelid) & Lacrimal Specialist
Medical Director

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