Our sense of sight is very important because it allows us to connect to our surroundings, it maintains the sharpness of our mind and helps in keeping us safe. Try to imagine that something is blocking your sense of sight. How will you feel? Does it make you uncomfortable, unsafe, scared, helpless? Is it difficult to do the things you were to do before when you can still see clearly?
Our eyes are one of the most important parts of our body. You are truly blessed if you don’t have a problem with your sense of sight. Some people are suffering from an eye problem called Ptosis or Droopy Eyelid. It occurs to people as they age but babies can be born with also. This Ubiqi article was written to give you important information about Ptosis and Ptosis Surgery in Singapore. Let us see if it is a medical condition or an aesthetic problem.
Ptosis or droopy eyelid can be present at birth or can be acquired due to aging, injury, damage to nerve controlling eyelid muscles, or complications with any eye surgery. It is a medical condition that comes in different degrees of severity. If one eye affected, it is called Unilateral Ptosis. If both eyes are affected, it is called Bilateral Ptosis. If ptosis occurs during birth, there is a possibility that it can be resolved naturally. On the other hand, it can be permanent and the only solution is Ptosis surgery.
Degrees of Ptosis
During the consultation, the first thing that the doctor will do is to identify the degree of Ptosis you have. The type of treatment will be based on what degree your Ptosis falls. Here are the three degrees of Ptosis:
- Mild Ptosis- 2mm droop
- Moderate Ptosis- 3mm droop
- Severe Ptosis- 4mm or more droop
Most common causes of Ptosis
The most common causes of Ptosis in Singapore are aging, pulling and excessive rubbing of the eyelid. When the nerves that control your levator muscles get damaged, it weakens the eyelid and develops into Ptosis. Injury or accidents that involve the eyes can also be the cause of Ptosis and others are congenital.
Ptosis is considered as a medical condition. Some complications may occur if the person or child has Ptosis. Severe cases of Ptosis lead to vision loss. It can also cause headaches and neck strains because you tend to tilt our head or raise your eyebrow so that you can see. In children, it can also cause Amblyopia. It is a difficulty in seeing though you have your glasses on.
According to Ubiqi, the only way to correct Ptosis is through surgery. There are three main Ptosis surgical methods in Singapore. Each depends on the severity of the Ptosis.
- Incisional Ptosis Eyelid Correction– crease or double eyelid is being formed to remove the obstruction in the eye. This is ideal for people who have excessive tissue weighing down their eyelids.
- Suture Ptosis Eyelid Correction– the eyelid tissue is stitched to its required height to remove the obstruction. This treatment is recommended to those with mild Ptosis.
- Frontalis Suspension Technique– this surgery uses a sling material to connect the eyelid to the brow and make use of the frontalis muscles to elevate the eyelid that functions poorly.
Knowing the names of the treatment already scares you and it sounds so painful. Don’t worry, local anesthesia will be injected before the surgery to manage discomfort. If your tolerance to pain is very low, sedation is also an option.
Expect to see bruises on the operated eyelid. It will last up to two weeks for the bruises to disappear. For full recovery, it will take 1-3 months.
Proper care after surgery is very important to ensure complete healing. Follow the doctor’s aftercare tips to avoid any complications.
- Avoid touching or rubbing the eyes.
- Apply a cold compress on the first day to lessen the inflammation.
- Warm compress on the second day onwards for blood circulation.
- Eat nutritious food
- Get enough rest
- Stay away from direct sunlight
- Make sure to follow and complete the medications prescribed by the doctor after surgery
There are several factors you need to consider when it comes to the cost of Ptosis surgery in Singapore, like the technique used in the surgery, the doctor’s fee and the severity of the patient’s ptosis condition. The cost is around $6,000-$13,000 for the Ptosis surgery alone. This does not include the anesthesiologist’s fee, clinical fees, and additional medications. The good news is, it can be covered by insurance and Medisave. However, for Medisave, you need to undergo a test called margin reflex distance 1 (MRD 1). You will be qualified with Medisave if the condition is below 2mm and you will be given a certification from the Ministry of Health in Singapore confirming that your ptosis condition needed surgery.
Paris Hilton has Ptosis
Paris Hilton an American media personality, a socialite, fashion designer, actress, businesswoman, singer, proclaimed as New York’s leading It Girl” in 2001 has Ptosis or amblyopic left eye.Ofcourse, you will not notice it because of the glamourous makeup and hairstyles to disguise the condition of her eye. It was reported that she had plastic surgery on her eyelid several years ago but got worst because of neglecting the advice of her doctor to stop wearing a tinted contact lens. It was rumored that she is planning to have another surgery to correct her drooping eyelid.
Ptosis surgery is a critical procedure. It is important to have a doctor that is expert and experienced in Ptosis surgery. There are many good doctors in Singapore but it is best to do research and make a comparison before settling with one doctor. If you have questions about the surgery, do not hesitate to ask the doctor. You may also ask for before and after photos, so you can also evaluate their work.