Ptosis, or drooping of the upper eyelid, can happen in one or both eyes. Ptosis can interfere with vision by affecting the upper field of vision. It may also cause eye strain, eyebrow ache or cosmetic concerns.
What causes Ptosis?
Ptosis can sometimes be present at birth; this is known as congenital ptosis and is usually due to a defect in the upper eyelid muscle. However, more commonly it appears later in life, as an acquired ptosis. This can be the result of long-term contact lens wear, trauma or following other eye surgery, which can all cause stretching of the upper eyelid tendon. Sometimes this stretching is just caused by age-related changes in the eyelid.
There are a few other rare causes of ptosis which include other conditions that can weaken the eyelid muscles, such as myasthenia gravis or myotonic dystrophy, or which cause paralysis of the nerves supplying the eyelid.
Surgery to correct Ptosis
Ptosis surgery is carried out to lift one or both of your upper lids.It can improve your field of view and brighten your vision. It can also relieve eye strain and brow ache or headache if these are caused by the eyelid droop. It should improve the symmetry of your eyes. It is usually performed under local anaesthetic, although occasionally some sedation can be given during the procedure to help you to relax The surgery should take approximately 45 minutes per eye.
Highgate Private Hospital has some of the UK’s leading ophthalmology consultant doctors. As a world-class hospital of excellence for eye surgery, we focus entirely on the treatment and care of patients with a wide range of eye problems, from common complaints to rare conditions that require treatment not available elsewhere in the UK. Our ophthalmic surgeons are renowned throughout the UK and worldwide for their expertise, knowledge and experience. We offer an all-inclusive self-pay package for Ptosis surgery on both eyes starting from £2450 (terms and conditions apply). For more information and eligibility criteria, speak to one of our self-pay advisors by calling