Ptosis: Other common name is droopy eyelid. Ptosis is a condition in which one or both of a child’s upper eyelid droops. It is caused by a poorly developed levator muscle (this is the muscle that lifts the eyelid upwards). The eyelid may droop slightly, or it may cover the pupil and impair sight. In rare instances, ptosis can be present in both eyelids. If children cannot easily see beyond their eyelids, they will often tilt their head backward in order to be able to see better. Sometimes they will wrinkle the forehead to lift the eyebrows upward to allow better vision. If the condition is severe the child’s sight may not develop properly and the child can develop lazy eye– a condition where the brain only uses the images from the good eye. Treatment: Surgery is usually done to lift the eyelid and give better vision.
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