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Low Eyelids in Babies and Children Should Be Considered

One of the Founding Partners of Atagöz Eye Health Branch Center, Ophthalmology Specialist Op. Dr. Melih Türe stated that droopy eyelids should be considered in infants and children and said that 'droopy eyelids can cause permanent lazy eye'.
Stating that it is necessary to investigate the cause of congenital droopy eyelids in infants very well, the reason may be caused by the eyelid muscles not working, a neurological condition or muscle diseases. Dr. Melih Türe said, “Eyelids are one of the most dynamic organs of the body. It is one of the cornerstones of eye health in terms of providing and protecting the eye's moisture and cleaning the front surface of the eye. The eyelid is a tissue that reflexively opens and closes between 12 and 16 times per minute. If we think of the eyelid as a car wiper, it is a tissue that protects the entire eye surface, provides moistness and perfect vision.
Stating the causes of congenital droopy eyelids, Op. Dr. Melih Türe said, “This usually occurs due to the developmental disorder of the muscles that operate the eyelid from birth. The treatment is definitely surgical, the important thing here is to decide on the time of the operation. In order to obtain successful results, the patient must be correctly identified. Although the most common congenital eyelid muscle dysfunction is rare, the cause of droopy eyelids can also be neurological or muscle diseases. 'Don't Say My Child Is Not Learning, Bring It To An Eye Examination'
Emphasizing that the eye has a lifetime risk of being lazy when the treatment process is late, Op. Dr. Türe said, “The basic principle of treatment is to prevent the eye from being lazy, and to eliminate the risk of droopy eyelids and laziness. Especially in children who develop laziness due to droopy eyelids, even if you restore the eyelid to normal with surgery, laziness may become permanent for life. The blind eye cannot learn. Ophthalmology Specialist Op. Dr. Melih Türe explained the causes and treatment modalities of lazy eye as follows;
Laziness occurs for two reasons. The first is lazy eye due to visual loss as a result of the eye closing the pupil, that is, the visual axis, and the second, more common cause, is high eyelid astigmatism. If there are these risky conditions, medically early surgery must be performed. In surgery, since the patient's own muscle works very little, we treat it either with a silicone material or if the patient is older than three or four years, we treat a tissue taken from the leg by connecting the eyelid to the forehead and muscle eyebrow, which we call frontal sling surgery. With this treatment, the eyelid rises. What is important in surgery is the timing of the surgery, the type of surgery and post-surgical care. It is necessary to take many precautions and close follow-up to prevent the eye from remaining dry. If there is no risk of laziness in the eye, the operation time we recommend to eliminate the aesthetic anxiety due to droopy eyelid is the age before the patient starts primary school.
We usually see the cases towards the adult age group because families do not care about droopy eyelids in infancy and correct it with surgical treatment. It is very important for families to know that there is a risk of laziness due to droopy eyelids and to make an early diagnosis and perform surgery as soon as possible in order to prevent laziness. Unfortunately, there is no cure for laziness once it develops. When a droopy eyelid is noticed, it should be examined immediately and evaluated whether there is a risk of laziness or laziness. It is also of great importance that the family is compatible both in terms of the recognition of the disease and during the treatment process.
Developing Vision Loss Doesn't Come Back
Emphasizing that the point to be emphasized is droopy eyelids in infants and children, Op. Dr. Türe states that 'droopy eyelids in infants and children are an important condition and should not be neglected. Surgery to be performed after the development of lazy eye will have no benefit to restore vision loss.