Sleepy Eyes: Ptosis Correction

Sleepy Eyes: Ptosis Correction

Sleepy eyes, aka ptosis or droopy upper eyelid, is a common condition. The upper eyelid droops which can cause problems such as impaired vision, headaches etc. However, there is a surgery to correct this problem. Ptosis correction aims to position the upper eyelid to the best level for the patient.  This post will examine sleepy eyes: causes, surgery, and recovery.

Sleepy Eyes: Ptosis Correction


What Are Sleepy Eyes?

Ptosis or droopy eyelid can occur on one eyelid or both eyelids. As ptosis may vary in different degrees; it can be undetectable or it may cover the entire pupil. Consequently, ptosis may cause reduced eyesight or give an appearance of tiredness or sleepiness. The reason for this is that when the muscle which opens the eyes is weak, the eyes will look sleepy. Having ptosis can cause other issues, as people with this condition utilize their forehead muscle to open their eyes. This causes wrinkles on the forehead.

Ptosis can be characterized as mild, medium and severe. Some patients who have ptosis also have excess skin and fat in the upper eyelid. In order to correct this problem, a surgeon who is specialized in eyelid surgery (either a plastic surgeon or ophthalmologist) should perform this surgery. This is quite a highly delicate procedure. Therefore, a surgeon will take extra care in performing this surgery so as not to impair eyesight.

Common Causes of Sleepy Eyes

Ptosis can occur due to a number of factors:

  • Birth – Sometimes ptosis occurs when a baby has a developmental problem in the womb with the muscle that raises the upper eyelid. This is referred to as congenital ptosis.
  • Aging – The most common cause for sleepy eyes other than development at birth is aging. When a person ages, there can be a stretching of the tissue which supports the upper eyelid. This is referred to as senile ptosis.
  • Eye injury- Sometimes ptosis can occur when there has been another eye surgery or eye injury such as an infection.

The main symptom for sleepy eyes is that one or both upper eyelids sag, this can cause impaired vision. The patient may also have eye issues such as dry or watery eyes. In addition, the face may look tired and persistent migraine headaches may occur. In some instances, there are no outward signs of sleepy eyes which may lead a person to think they don’t have this condition.  

Treatment For Sleepy Eyes

Treatment for ptosis depends on the level of ptosis, namely on whether some symptoms appear. A doctor will examine and make recommendations dependent on the existence of certain symptoms. For example, if you have ptosis which does not impair your sight and you are okay with your appearance, a doctor may not recommend any treatment. 

However, if there is a problem with vision, appearance or both, a doctor may recommend that treatment commences. Usually, if ptosis is caused by a disease, then the underlying disease will be treated first. Alternatively, if ptosis is caused by aging a doctor will recommend ptosis correction.

ptosis correction surgery method

What is Ptosis Correction?

At VIP, we do two types of ptosis correction surgery: non-incision and incision; dependent on the level of severity. Both surgeries are performed under local anesthesia or IV sedation. In the case of severe ptosis, a doctor needs to perform the incision method. Our doctor removes excess skin, fat, and muscles. This creates a bigger eye and a more defined eye shape. In some cases, where the forehead is wrinkled and sagging, we may also recommend a forehead lift.

Patients who want to have bigger eyes or want to reduce their tired appearance are good candidates for the non-incision method. This method is great because a doctor puts tiny holes in the crease of the eyelid and uses thread to adjust the eye muscles. The benefit of this method is there is less bruising and swelling and there are no visible scars.  

If you are looking for a solution for your sleepy eyes, remember it’s most important to find a doctor who is highly skilled and specialized in this type of surgery. Contact us to hear how we can help you with your problem.


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