Ptosis Surgery in Singapore: A Comprehensive and Complete Guide

Ptosis is a condition that affects the eyelids in which the eyelid’s upper part droops lower than its normal position. While it is far from being a major cause of concern, this condition can be considered a nuisance due to its impact on vision, physical discomfort, cosmetic concerns, psychological well-being, and potential complications. To learn more about ptosis, this article will provide a detailed view on the symptoms, diagnostic methods, medication options, and ptosis surgery cost in Singapore.

Ptosis in children vs. ptosis in adults

While ptosis can occur in both children and adults, there are some key differences between the two. In children, ptosis is often congenital, meaning it is present from birth. It may be caused by various factors including muscle weakness, nerve damage, or genetic conditions. This can lead to a variety of symptoms, including difficulty opening the affected eye fully, obstructed vision, eye strain, and fatigue. Children with ptosis may also tilt their head back or raise their eyebrows in an effort to improve their vision. Parents should be aware of these signs and seek medical attention if they suspect their child has ptosis.

On the other hand, ptosis in adults is usually acquired later in life and can be caused by factors such as aging, trauma, or certain medical conditions.

Diagnosing ptosis

Diagnosing ptosis involves a comprehensive clinical evaluation, including a detailed medical history, physical examination, and specialized tests to assess the extent of ptosis, its impact on vision, and any underlying causes.

  • Medical history: The healthcare provider will obtain a detailed medical history from the patient, including any symptoms, duration of the condition, past medical conditions, and family history of eye-related issues.
  • Physical examination: A comprehensive examination of the eyes and eyelids will be conducted to assess the extent of ptosis and any associated compensatory head positions.
  • Visual acuity test: This test measures the sharpness of an individual’s vision and can help determine the impact of ptosis on visual function.
  • Levator function test: This test assesses the strength and function of the levator muscle, which is responsible for lifting the eyelid. It involves measuring the degree of eyelid elevation in response to various stimuli.
  • Slit-lamp examination: This specialized eye examination allows for a detailed inspection of the structures of the eye, including the eyelids, to identify any additional ocular issues contributing to ptosis.
  • Refraction test: If astigmatism or other refractive errors are suspected, a refraction test may be performed to determine the appropriate prescription for corrective lenses.
  • Neurological examination: In cases where ptosis may be associated with neurological conditions, a comprehensive neurological examination may be conducted to assess nerve function and coordination.

When should you consider ptosis surgery for your child?

The decision to undergo ptosis surgery for a child should be made in consultation with a qualified ophthalmologist or pediatric plastic surgeon. Parents can also seek recommendations from their child’s primary care physician or pediatrician and conduct thorough research to ensure the surgeon has the necessary expertise and credentials. They can schedule a consultation to discuss the child’s specific case, ask questions, and address any concerns before making a decision. During a consultation, the surgeon will evaluate the child’s condition, assess their overall health, and discuss the potential benefits and risks of surgery.

Benefits of ptosis surgery for children

Ptosis surgery can provide significant benefits for children with droopy eyelids. The primary goal of the surgery is to raise the eyelid to a more normal position, improving vision and overall appearance. By correcting the eyelid position, ptosis surgery can help enhance the child’s self-confidence and quality of life. It is important to note, however, that each child’s case is unique, and the specific benefits of surgery may vary.

What happens during a ptosis surgery?

Ptosis surgery is typically performed under general anesthesia and can take anywhere from 30 minutes to a few hours, depending on the complexity of the case. The surgeon will make an incision in the natural crease of the eyelid and carefully adjust the position of the eyelid muscle and other tissues. Additional procedures such as eyelid tightening or eyelid lift may also be performed to achieve the desired outcome.

Medication for ptosis

In some cases, medication may be prescribed as a non-surgical treatment option. However, this is typically not a permanent solution and may only provide temporary relief. Medications such as eye drops or ointments can be prescribed to help alleviate symptoms such as dryness or irritation, but ultimately, they do not address the underlying cause of ptosis. Surgical intervention is still known widely as the gold standard, and it is often necessary to achieve long-term improvement.

Potential complications of ptosis surgery

Like other surgical procedure, risks and complications may arise during or after ptosis surgery. These may include appearance in the eyelid’s appearance that may be temporary or permanent, bleeding, infection, scarring, dry eyes, or difficulty closing the eyes completely. The surgeon will discuss these risks and take necessary precautions to minimize the likelihood of complications. It is also necessary to follow post-operative care instructions to optimize healing and reduce the risk of unwanted complications.

Alternatives to ptosis surgery

Non-surgical alternatives may include the use of temporary eyelid crutches or special glasses with built-in props to help lift the droopy eyelid. However, these alternatives are often less effective than surgical intervention and may not provide a long-term solution for ptosis.

Post-operative care and recovery

Post-operative care instructions may include applying prescribed eye drops or ointments, avoiding activities that can strain the eyes, and keeping the surgical area clean and protected. You may experience mild discomfort, swelling, and bruising, which can be managed with pain medication and cold compresses. Your surgeon will also schedule follow-up appointments to monitor the progress and ensure proper healing.

The recovery period can vary depending on the individual case, but most ptosis surgery patients are able to resume normal activities within a week or two after surgery.

Cost of ptosis surgery in Singapore

In Singapore, Ptosis surgery can cost anywhere between $7,000 to $18,000. The costs include various factors such as the clinic and surgeon’s fee, as well as the medication prescribed. The cost is influenced by the severity of the condition, the number of eyes requiring correction, and the type of anesthetic needed. Notably, if the surgery is deemed medically necessary by an ophthalmologist and significantly affects vision, it is Medisave-claimable. Insurance coverage for ptosis surgery is available in Singapore, with the Ministry of Health classifying ptosis as a medical condition.

And lastly, will I need to wear an eye patch after ptosis surgery?

The use of an eye patch is not typically necessary after ptosis surgery, but the surgeon may recommend certain precautions to protect the surgical area.

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