Ptosis is a serious medical condition that causes one or both of your upper eyelids to droop, sitting below their normal placement. In some situations, the drooping can be severe enough that it can shield part of the pupil and actually hinder your vision. It's typically the result of weakened muscles in your eyelid or tendon damage in that area. If your optometrist has diagnosed you with ptosis, there are exercises that can help improve your symptoms. Surgery may also be necessary in some situations. Here's a look at what you should know about dealing with your condition.
Make a daily effort to exercise the affected eye. Consider exercises like moving your eye in a full rotation or in a figure-eight movement. Do this for a few minutes hourly throughout the day to try to strengthen muscles and encourage your eyelid to shift back where it belongs.
Eye Patch Exercises
Sometimes minor cases of ptosis can be improved by forcing the affected eye to do all of the work. An optometrist, like those at Brandon Cataract Center & Eye Clinic, may suggest covering your good eye with an eye patch to force the other one to compensate. This will encourage your eye to work harder, which can strengthen the muscles. Make sure you follow your doctor's recommendations, though, and only do this for the length of time suggested.
You can improve your general eye focus by working specifically on focal exercises. Sit down in a room and find something to focus on that's across the space. Keep your spine straight and focus your eyes on the object. Stay that way for a minute or two, repeating this four or five times. Consider doing these exercises several times a day, and you may find that your ability to focus with the affected eye improves.
In some cases, these exercises may have only minimal effects on the symptoms of ptosis. In that case, your doctor will suggest that you undergo a surgical repair process. This surgery involves reconnecting your eyelid muscles so that they will hold your eyelid where it belongs. Your doctor may also suggest that you follow the surgery with a series of filler injections or topical creams to help tighten the skin in that area. Surgery typically provides long-term relief, but you may find that age and health factors can cause some sagging again in the future.
Understanding how to help your ptosis symptoms may help you to combat this condition and delay or eliminate the need for surgery. Talk with your physician and optometrist about your options.Share
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