If a baby has eyelid ptosis, is surgical treatment always the answer? 

There are visual acuity tests (the Teller test), the job of which is to evaluate a baby's visual sharpness. If both the ophthalmologist’s examinations and the results of these tests show that the ptosis does not affect the baby’s visual acuity, it can be monitored and a conservative and expectant attitude can be taken towards it. If during treatment we see that there is a conservative risk of amblyopia (lazy eye), surgery is recommended to lift the eyelid and thus prevent it from affecting the visual acuity and causing amblyopia.

Dr. Ainhoa Martínez Grau, ophthalmologist at the Barraquer Ophthalmology Centre

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