Is ptosis genetic

Ptosis - causes and treatment

In Greek ptosis means the fall or the subsidence. In medicine one speaks ofOne or both eyelids drooping. This can be congenital or acquired. Due to the drooping upper eyelid, thePupil completely or partially obscured which in turn leads to obstruction of the view. Those affected often consciously or unconsciously use mechanisms to improve their restricted vision. An example of this is the compulsive posture of the head with the chin raised. If not treated (mostly in childhood), it can lead to aAmblyopia lead one eye.

Different causes

thecongenital ptosis:

  • the "levator muscle" (Musculus levator palpebrae superioris for short: Levator) is hereditary malformation
  • a hemangioma (blood sponges) can also lead to drooping of the eyelid

theacquired ptosis :

  • from an injury = traumatica
  • Result of a nerve paralysis (e.g. after a stroke, meningitis or encephalitis) = paralytica
  • damage to the sympathetic nerve = sympathica. One also speaks of "Horner's syndrome" if there is also a small pupil (miosis) and enophthalmos (deeply sunken eye).
  • Result of a muscle disease. This could be muscle weakness or muscle wasting.

Treatment options

First must be fromOphthalmologistthe cause of the eyelid malposition can be determined. If there is a congenital shape, the drooping eyelid canby means of an OP Getting corrected. If it is acquired ptosis, treatment will be based on the cause. In the case of illness due to an injury or paralysis, you will first wait a few months. TheIn some cases, the malocclusion of the eyelid can resolve itself. If this is not the case, a ptosis operation will be performed. During the time up to the operation, a so-calledPtosis glasses be worn. The drooping lid is supported by a small bar, making it easier for the affected person to see.

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