Ptosis, Droopy Eyelid Treatment

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Ptosis -Droopy Eyelid Treatment For Boise Area Patients

Ptosis is the downward displacement of the eyelids commonly due to age related weakness of the muscle that raises the eyelid. Genetic factors, trauma or injury, weakness after cataract surgery and neurological diseases can also result in ptosis. It differs from dermatochalasis in that it involves the muscle rather than the skin of the eyelid. With ptosis, the entire eyelid is lower than normal. Ptosis can affect peripheral vision, just as dermatochalasis does and in fact may be caused by dermatochalasis. If a significant impairment of vision is noted, most insurance companies will cover the cost of surgical ptosis repair. Untreated ptosis in young children can result in permanent loss of vision.

Low-lying eyelids may result in:

  • Impaired vision
  • Headaches and fatigue resulting from raising of the eyebrows to widen visual fields
  • Trouble keeping eyelids open


  • Dr. McInnes repairs ptosis by tightening the muscle that lifts the eyelid through either an incision on the undersurface of the eyelid or an incision in the eyelid crease to reduce visible scarring. This may be done in the office or at a surgery center with IV sedation and local anesthetic and is considered an outpatient procedure, so patients are able to return to the comfort of their own home the same day. Most patients are able to return to relatively normal activities within about a week. Sutures are removed around the same time in the office and wearing makeup and contacts may be resumed. Dr. McInnes will meet with you for an exam and address your individual situation and discuss the risks and benefits of having surgery to help make the right decision for you. Aesthetic Eye will also pre-authorize any procedures with your insurance company for you if surgery is the right choice for you.

    Request an appointment with Dr. McInnes at Aesthetic Eye, P.C. today to set up an appointment for a consultation for Ptosis and droopy eyelids in the Boise and Eagle area.

    Contact our Boise area office. We will be happy to answer all of your questions.