Pediatric Ptosis Expand

Submitted by maanavm on Mon, 11/28/2022 - 00:27


What is pediatric ptosis? Pediatric ptosis is a condition in the eye where the upper eyelid is drooped, at times enough to cover the pupil, which can delay normal visual development and lead to lazy eye.



Pediatric ptosis is not associated with any medical conditions and is usually a genetic muscle weakness. It can also occur due to a structural problem of the eyelid. Other possible causes include allergies, trauma, nerve conditions, and genetic abnormalities/syndromes. 



To diagnose ptosis, children and adolescents have an eye exam to check visual development and focus of both eyes as well as wear glasses in some cases of astigmatism (blurred vision).

Notable signs and symptoms of pediatric ptosis, in addition to drooping, include tipping the head back or raising eyebrows to see, blocked vision, and increased tearing.


Treatments for pediatric ptosis include eyelid lift surgery to repair upper eyelid droop and in more severe cases, imminent surgery is needed to prevent lazy eye (amblyopia). In addition, to treat complications associated with ptosis, treatments such as specialized glasses to prevent astigmatism and an eye patch to strengthen vision in the weaker eye are used.










Submitted by eeggers on Mon, 11/28/2022 - 06:19


Interesting - I hadn’t thought about how this could cause vision problems