• Ptosis Treatment

    Written by: Kierstan Boyd
    Reviewed by: Stephen N Lipsky MD
    Sep. 01, 2016

    Adult ptosis surgery

    Ptosis surgery is done as an outpatient procedure in your ophthalmologist’s office. A local anesthesia will be used to numb your eye and the area around it.

    Sometimes, the surgeon may only need to make a small adjustment to the lid’s lifting muscle. Extra skin from the eyelid also may be removed to help the eyelid lift properly. For more severe ptosis, the levator muscle may need to be strengthened and reattached to the eyelid.

    As with any type of surgery, there are possible risks and complications with ptosis repair. Your ophthalmologist will discuss these with you.

    Before eyelid surgery, be sure to tell your ophthalmologist about all the medicines you take. Include all prescription and over-the-counter medications, vitamins, and supplements. It is important for your eye surgeon to know if you take aspirin (or aspirin-containing drugs) or blood thinners, or if you have a bleeding problem.