Ptosis is an affection where one or both upper eyelids are below their normal level, so that the eyelid fissure (the space between upper and lower eyelid) is reduced to various extent (‘droopy eyelids’). When it is present since birth, it is called congenital ptosis.It is usually caused by a dystrophy: the levator muscle of the upper eyelid, which raises the eyelids, did not develop in the embryonal stage in a normal way and was partly or totally substituted by fat and connective tissue, resulting in a deficit of contracting function and, therefore, of the normal eye opening.
The parent may erroneously consider his child’s ptosis a purely esthetic defect, but it is not so
The child is followed by an expert team highly specialized in podiatric surgery, which ensures utmost care and attention from the pre-surgical stage until the release from the hospital
The correction is surgical and it entails two different possibilities based on the residual function of the levator muscle:
Each patient and their parents will be directed towards the most appropriate and latest surgical treatments according to the latest guidelines set by international surgical associations
The child lives the surgical experience in a serene way, followed in every stage by a highly experienced and very professional team specialised in podiatry.
The incisions are hardly visible because they are performed following the natural lines of the face and as close as possible to the eyebrow margin.
The operation allows a correct development of the sight, corrects wrong posture due to droopy eyelids (tense or stiff neck) and avoids possible psychological repercussions related to the defect while socialising with other kids
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