The only way to treat this condition is by performing surgery to lift the eyelid.
The options include:
- A brow suspension which allows the child to raise the eyelids by raising their eyebrows. In children with congenital ptosis we use different suspension materials to join the weak eyelid to the frontalis muscle in the forehead, so when the brow is raised, the eyelid is as well. In this procedure, a special suture is used (eg. Goretex® or Prolene®) or some tissue is transferred from the leg.
- A strengthening procedure on the levator muscle (see below) via the skin crease or posterior incision.
Unless the ptosis is imparing the child’s vision, it is generally preferable to wait until the child is 3 or 4, as the results are usually better. However, if the eyelid covers the pupil, the risk of “lazy eye” is much higher so the surgery is more urgent and can be done from as young as three weeks.
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