Paediatric Eye Conditions
Paediatric Eye Conditions – Ptosis
THONEH’s Paediatric Ophthalmologists aim to ensure that each child has a bright and clear future. With the latest technologies and internationally recognised best practices supporting our specialists, we ensure your child is given optimal eye care for the various conditions affecting the paediatric population.
Among the commonest eye problem in children are:-
- Refractive Error
- Amblyopia (long eye)
- Strabismus (squint)
What is Ptosis ?
Ptosis is a drooping or falling of the upper eyelid. If severe enough and the child left untreated, the drooping eyelid can cause other conditions, such as amblyopia or astigmatism. Ptosis can affect either one or both eyes.
What cause ?
Ptosis occurs due to dysfunction of the muscles that raise the eyelid or their nerve supply. While mostly an acquired disease, congenital ptosis can be hereditary where a child is born with it. Congenital ptosis is also associated with Horner’s Syndrome.
Sign and Symptoms ?
Ptosis can be detected by the droopy appearance of the eyelid. In cases where it only affects only one eye, comparative position of the eyelids is the easiest method that parents can use to detect ptosis. In cases where it affects both eyes, parents may judge by the abnormally droopy appearance of the eyelids.
How Ptosis treated ?
Congenital ptosis may require surgical correction if severe enough to interfere with vision or if cosmetics is a concern.