Our pair of eyes is a very important part of our body, there is no doubt about that. What we often overlook is the protective layer of skin and muscle that covers each of them. Yes, we are talking about the eyelids.
Often times we rub our eyes too hard, exerting pressure to the eyelids without knowing that this can actually damage them. You read that right; you can actually injure your eyelids.
Our upper eyelids work to protect the eyes from extreme light or harmful things that can get into them. They also keep the eyes moist and lubricated by dispensing tears over the outer layer of the eyeballs. When opening or closing over the eyes, the eyelids make use of a muscle called orbicularis oculi or levator muscles. The levator muscles are elastic. They control the opening of the eyelids by extending or resting.
When the muscles are injured or weak, this result in a condition called droopy eyelids or, in medical terms, Ptosis.
This article will give you more information about how to find treatment for droopy eyelids in Singapore. TES Clinic lets us in on facts, causes, treatments, and cost of treatments of droopy eyelids in Singapore.
Causes of droopy eyelids
The main cause of droopy eyelids is the inability of the levator muscles to function correctly. This can be due to:
- Detached muscles that can be caused by ageing, rubbing or pulling of the eyelids (Aponeurotic)
- Weak levator muscles caused by injury or trauma to the upper eyelid in the past (Traumatic)
- Inability of the muscle nerves to function properly (Neurogenic)
- Inability of the muscle to function properly (Myogenic)
- Excessive skin, fats, or tumour that brings pressure to the upper eyelid causing it to droop (Mechanical)
Symptoms of droopy eyelids
Droopy eyelids can cause discomfort to individuals with this condition. An indication that a person has this condition is head tilting. People with droopy eyelids position their heads at a certain angle in order to see well. They may also appear sleepy due to the appearance of their sagging upper eyelids, even when they feel pretty much wide awake. Other symptoms include:
- Difficulty in seeing
- Pressure on the upper eyelids
Diagnosing droopy eyelids
To diagnose droopy eyelids, an individual that exhibits its symptoms is subjected to a comprehensive eye exam to evaluate the eye’s health. This exam includes:
- Visual field test – assesses the eye’s superior vision
- MRD measurement – MRD means marginal reflex distance. This is the distance between the edge of the upper eyelid and the centre of the pupil.
The normal distance of the edge of the upper eyelid to the centre of the pupil is 12mm or more. There are 3 grades that determine whether droopy eyelid is present:
- 2mm droop – mild ptosis
- 3mm droop – moderate ptosis
- 4mm droop or more – severe ptosis
Treatments for droopy eyelid in Singapore
A droopy eyelid can be repaired by surgery. There are three main methods used for surgery of droopy eyelid in Singapore:
- Frontalis Suspension Method
- Incisional Ptosis Eyelid Correction
- Suture Ptosis Eyelid Correction
Frontalis suspension method uses sutures to anchor the eyelid tissue to the muscles positioned at the top of the brow. Incisional ptosis eyelid correction is done by repairing the levator muscle and removing excess skin and fat that cause the eyelid droop. Suture ptosis eyelid correction is performed by stitching the tissues of the eyelid highly in order not to block the vision.
Cost of droopy eyelid surgery in Singapore
The cost of droopy eyelid surgery in Singapore is somewhere from $5,000 to $12,000. The factors that affect the cost are:
- Fees for anaesthesia, operating facilities, and surgical procedure
- Post-operative medications
- Suture removal
Foods to eat after a droopy eyelid surgery
A common side effect following any surgery is constipation. Food should be your friend during your healing period. To avoid constipation, remember to eat foods that are high in fibre. Your body will also need a lot of vitamins and minerals to aid the healing of your eye. You can get fibre, vitamins, and minerals from fruits and vegetables. Do not forget to drink a lot of fluids, except alcohol because it dehydrates the body.
Benefits of droopy eyelid surgery
The aim of the droopy eyelid is, of course, to improve a sufferer’s quality of life. The surgery can bring improvements to both functionally and aesthetically.
Based on function, a patient will no longer need to tilt the head for better ability to see. They will also be free from the condition’s symptoms, such as headaches, fatigue, and heaviness in the eyelid. Finally, they will be able to enjoy unobstructed vision.
Aesthetic-wise, the eyes will appear bigger, more awake and alert. Patients can also ask their doctors to have their eyelids shaped in a certain way.
We hope that this article is able to help you learn more about droopy eyelids. For more information, you can contact TES Clinic.
TES Clinic for Face & Jaw
304 Orchard Road,
Lucky Plaza Suites #05-42, Medical Specialists,
+65 9735 9930