Ptosis Glossary

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Dr. Trupti Shirole
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Glossary

Contact lenses: Lenses which fit directly on the eyeball under the eyelids.

Cornea: The clear tissue in front of the eye resembling a crystal of a watch.

Diplopia: The seeing of one object as two.

Nystagmus: An involuntary, rhythmical movement of the eyeballs.

Opthalmoscope: Device for viewing the interior of the eye or the retina.

Optic nerve: The nerve which carries visual impulses from the retina to the brain.

Optician: A technician who designs, verifies and dispenses lenses, frames and other fabricated optical devices upon the prescription of an ophthalmologist or an optometrist.

Ophthalmologist: A physician who is qualified and especially trained to diagnose and treat all eye and visual system problems, as well as diagnose general diseases of the body.

Photophobia: Abnormal sensitivity to light.

Refractive error: A defect in the eye that prevents light from being brought to a single focus exact on the retina.

Pupil: Aperture allowing light to enter into the eye regulated by the iris and ciliary muscles.

Retina: Light sensitive membrane at the back of the eye. Light is focused onto this membrane and the retina then transmits this information to the brain as impulses which the brain interprets as sight.

Sclera: The firm white fibrous membrane that forms the white part of the eye.

Visual Acuity: Clarity of vision, with corrective glasses.

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Karna1

I had ptopsis surgery in my right eye a month ago. Sometimes when I go out in the sun and while reading my eyelid still droops and obstructs my vision. The eye tends to get wet and blurs my vision. At night it gets goopy. My problem is that both my eyes have different vision. The right eye is weaker so I have to close my right eye to get better vision. I want to know whether it is a problem because of ptopsis surgery or because of my different eye vision. I am constantly putting antibiotic drops and refresh tears. I thought it might be allergies I also put all away and ate Claritin.

berryblue

I was born with ptosis of the eyelids in 1964. Both my daughter and son has ptosis pf the eyelids. My grandchild was NOT born with ptosis. Can someone tell me if ptosis is still just as prevelant for my grandchildren that have yet to be born? I had several surgeries. My last surgery was in 1980. When my children were born [1988 and the other in 1994] I did not feel that the surgical techniques for ptosis were very different from the ones performed in my childhood. Are there any breakthroughs for the correction of ptosis?

shana23

hello I have 3 little children with slight ptosis in the left eye and the youngest child seem to have gone away. most people to do no see the ptosis in my children and the only on that has so far is a neurologist.he lookedt my son and pics of the other children and said he has no idea what causes ptosis in 3 childrens eyes. it is very frustrating because i have been dealing with headaches and backaches and muscle aches as well with my 4 yr old and no doc will help me. what i need is some answers is this going to go away? r the headaches going to end? and the backaches too? also many of the people i read about where born with the ptosis, not my children. is there any virus or bacteria that can cause these kinda things? they have have had every kinda sickness you can think of these past 8 months including mono, mrsa, and several colds and lots of diarrea. please someone give me some answers if they know anything?

I am 26 years old and I have ptosis on the left eye since birth, it was completely shut close, couldn't open it. I have had many surgerys since 6 months old to correct it and this has managed to open my lid half way, but still very noticable. My question is....if I have children, would I pass this to my children?

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