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Expert Droopy Eyelid Treatment & Pediatric Eye Surgery

Ptosis (Droopy Eyelid)

Ptosis, a condition that causes the eyelids to appear droopy or fallen, is a common eye condition that can affect both adults and children. For children, this can potentially cause other issues with the eyes like astigmatism or amblyopia, more commonly known as "lazy eye." As the only pediatric ophthalmology practice in the region, Pediatric Ophthalmology of Erie is proud to offer expert treatment and care for this condition.

Common ptosis symptoms in children include:

  • Obvious drooping of one eyelid
  • Tilting of the head to see better
  • Squinting to compensate for the ptosis
  • Eye strain and fatigue

Our team is highly skilled and experienced in diagnosing the cause of ptosis, developing a customized treatment plan for each patient, and performing procedures to correct the issue. We're dedicated to providing you with the best possible care for your child and strive to ensure that they feel as comfortable as possible during their visit.


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Droopy Eyelid Causes & Treatment

Ptosis in children can either be congenital, meaning it's present at birth, or acquired later in life. Congenital ptosis is usually caused by a developmental issue with the primary muscle responsible for lifting the eyelid. In some cases, this muscle develops poorly or not at all, leading to a droopy appearance.

Acquired ptosis, on the other hand, can be the result of several factors, including nerve problems, muscle diseases, eye injuries, or systemic illnesses. It can also be a symptom of a rare disorder called Horner's syndrome, which affects the nerves of the eye and face.

Treatment for ptosis depends on its severity and the child's age. Mild cases often don't require treatment, but regular check-ups are essential to monitor for changes or complications. More severe cases may need surgical intervention to correct the position of the eyelid and prevent vision problems.

As mentioned, ptosis can lead to other eye conditions if left untreated, such as amblyopia or "lazy eye." Amblyopia happens when the brain starts to ignore input from the eye with the droopy lid due to its blurry or obstructed vision. Additionally, persistent head tilting can lead to the development of neck and shoulder issues.

If you suspect your child has ptosis, it's important to seek the advice of a qualified pediatric ophthalmologist. At Pediatric Ophthalmology of Erie, our team of experts will work closely with you to evaluate your child's condition, explore treatment options, and develop a customized care plan to meet your needs.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it possible that my child's ptosis will go away on its own?

If your child has congenital ptosis, meaning that they were born with the condition, the issue might resolve itself as they grow older. However, it's important to seek the advice of a pediatric ophthalmologist for an assessment and regular check-ups to ensure that no other complications are developing.

Will my child need surgery for their droopy eyelid?

In some cases, surgery may be the best option to correct the issue. For example, if a child's droopy eyelid is obstructing their vision, an issue that could potentially affect their visual development, surgery may be recommended. Our experts will evaluate your child's condition and discuss treatment options with you to determine the best course of action.

Will my insurance cover my child's droopy eyelid (ptosis) treatment?

At Pediatric Ophthalmology of Erie, we are proud to accept a number of major insurance plans from providers in the region. We strive to make healthcare more accessible and affordable for our patients so that they can receive the highest quality of care, which is why we also suggest calling your provider before scheduling. This helps to ensure that you don't incur any surprise costs.

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