Ptosis

Some children are born with a weak eyelid muscle on one or both sides. This can lead to amblyopia in one of 2 ways. If severe enough it can block your child’s vision by covering the pupil or it can cause a significant amount of astigmatism.


Children with ptosis should be monitored for signs of amblyopia at regular intervals. If your child is developing amblyopia a surgical procedure to lift the eyelid may be offered.

 

In addition some children with ptosis may elevate their chin to see well. This can also be an indication for surgical correction. If the ptosis is mild and there is no amblyopia it may be best to defer surgery for cosmetic reasons until the child is school age or older.