About Ptosis Repair
When the upper eyelid starts to droop, this condition is known as ptosis, and it happens when the muscles become weak and start to stretch. Ptosis is caused by a variety of factors, including aging, injury, or a genetic predisposition. At Ophthalmology Associates of the Valley in San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles, CA, we can help diagnose, treat, and manage ptosis. Our board-certified ophthalmologists have years of experience performing oculoplastic treatments, like ptosis repair. If needed, we may also combine with eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty). This procedure can enable you to see and feel better while helping you appear more youthful and rejuvenated. To schedule a consultation with one of our helpful doctors, please call either of our locations in Encino or West Hills.
Ptosis Repair Reviews
"During May 2013, I had cataract eye surgery. My doctor is David Aizuss with OAV. I am a senior, and had felt that I was losing some of my vision. When I went it for a checkup with Dr. Aizuss, he told me I had advanced cataracts in both eyes and would need lens replacement surgery. His staff scheduled me for the two surgeries (two weeks apart) with two post-op visits after each surgery. I am 100 percent happy with the surgeries and care provided by Dr. Aizuss and his staff. He may well be the best eye surgeon in the world, and I recommend him as highly as I can to anyone who needs the gift of having cataracts removed through surgery by a knowledgeable, skilled, experienced, and caring doctor.."- F.T. / Yelp / May 23, 2013
"I noticed a change in vision and was referred to see an ophthalmologist to get answers. I called OA to see if they could help. The man over the phone couldn't have been more kind or helpful, and got me in same-day to be seen. After a couple of hours, many tests, flashlights in my eyes and plenty of retinal imaging we had an answer and a plan for recovery. The doctor knew I was paying out of pocket and surprised me at the end of my visit with a much smaller bill than anticipated as well as a generous coupon for the eye drops he prescribed. It was an absolute pleasure working with the professionals at OA and I would very highly recommend them to anyone else needing the services they offer! Shoutout to Dr. Kramar and the whole team!! Thank you so so much."- M.M. / Yelp / Aug 05, 2018
"I found my way to Dr. Kramer by way of asking my insur. co. for opthamologists in my network and area. I researched and read the reviews, so I called for an appt. When the office person asked for the reason for my visit, she asked if I could get there today due to the symptoms I described. I did and, from the moment I walked in, everything flowed like a well-oiled machine and everyone from lab/tech people to the billing person to Dr. Kramer were professional, warm, and kind. Dr. Kramer explained some things about eyes, so I had a reference for after when he explained what was happening with mine. I go back Thursday to see the retina specialist and trust that I am in greatly skilled hands. Dr. Kramer said I'll be fine and, extremely relieved, I believe him. I've already decided that I'll return in 6 months to make sure things are okay. Thank you, Dr. Kramer and staff! The next day: I received an automated reminder about tomorrow's appt. and even that was friendly! This place is so refreshing!"- L.M. / Yelp / Mar 31, 2015
"This is the A-Team...no doubt about it. Dr. Elkins and his entire staff over at OAV could not have been nicer. They made the cataract surgery a piece of cake for me... Totally professional, courteous and just overall nice y'know? All the worrying and apprehension I had about them working on my eyes was for nothing. The results are UNBELIEVABLE! Everything I heard about the procedure was true... I could see better immediately, brighter colors, sharper images, no pain, no discomfort, inside of 2 days, my vision was 20/20+ The nurses and doctors over at the surgery center were super... fantastic people... they deserve credit as well... their bedside manner was great, they are the unsung heroes! Dr. Elkins himself was just amazing... cool... calm... professional... Highly recommended... I wish I could give more than 5 stars Anyone who needs the surgery should run... not walk to the office!!!"- P.C. / Yelp / Dec 31, 2016
"I don't take the time to write many Yelp reviews, but feel compelled to let people know when I encounter something or someone truly exceptional. Dr. Kramar certainly fits into this category. I visited Dr. Kramar's office and was thoroughly impressed with the operation. The entire staff is very efficient and I was seen by Dr. Kramar within minutes. Part of the reason I chose to see Dr. Kramar is because of his speciallty in glaucoma and my familial history with the condition. Although I only went to get a routine eye exam, Dr. Kramar took the time to comprehensively inquire about any potential genetic predispositions. After a few simple tests, I left Dr. Kramar's office feeling positive about both my eyes and my choice in eye doctors. I highly recommend Dr. Kramar to the entire Yelp community."- J.W. / Yelp / Jul 28, 2011
Patients who might benefit from ptosis repair have sagging eyelids that hinder them from holding their eyes all the way open. This can affect the eyesight and may impact performing daily activities, like reading. Before the surgery, patients need to be in good overall health. If possible, patients should also avoid smoking, and we recommend stopping blood thinning prescriptions. For men and women who want to determine if ptosis repair is right for them, please schedule a consultation at one of our locations in Encino or West Hills. During this consultation, we will discuss your concerns and medical history, then develop a treatment plan that works best for you.
To begin with, we start by reviewing your medical history, concerns, and condition. After determining if the surgery is right for you, we develop a treatment plan and ensure you feel knowledgeable about your options. Once we have designed the best treatment plan for you, we perform ptosis repair surgery, which is often combined with blepharoplasty. At the start of your procedure, you will receive a combination of local anesthesia and mild sedation for optimal comfort. Depending on the severity of your ptosis, our ophthalmologists will use one of two techniques that are specially designed for this surgery. Both of these techniques tighten the levator muscle, which reduces the sagging. We place your incisions on the upper eyelid within the natural skin fold or underneath your eyelid. After we have tightened the muscle, sutures are used to close the incision.
Following your procedure, we recommend using cold compresses to reduce swelling and bruising. At first, you may experience mild, uncomfortable symptoms, including difficulty seeing, foreign body sensations, and dryness. These symptoms should subside after a few weeks. Based on how your eyelid is healing, you can usually return to work or drive after a few days. Our ophthalmologists recommend avoiding exercise or intense activity while recovering. After about a week, patients will need to attend a follow-up appointment to remove the sutures and to ensure you are healing properly. Often, patients experience drastic and immediate improvement with their eyesight.
See and Feel Better
Drooping eyelids can cause a variety of vision problems and potentially, self-confidence issues. If you suffer from the inability to see because of sagging eyelids, our team at Ophthalmology Associates of the Valley in San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles, CA is proud to perform delicate, oculoplastic procedures. During your visit, we listen to your goals and provide detailed information about the treatment options available to you. Please schedule an appointment at either of our locations in Encino or West Hills to learn more about ptosis repair.