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Fixing droopy lids
The picture depicts our happy patient before and 2 months after his ptosis repair. His repaired lid now looks more natural and more importantly he can now see comfortably.
Frontalis slings are one surgical approach to the repair of a droopy eyelid or ptosis (TOE-sis). Ptosis occurs when the muscles that lift the eye are underdeveloped, diseased or stretched out. The vast majority of adults who develop ptosis develop it as part of the natural aging process. In these individuals, the muscle still works, but because it has stretched out with age, the lid is lower at rest and it takes more effort to keep the lid high enough to see out your eye. Surgery to fix this condition involves tightening or shortening this muscle in order to raise the lid's resting position.
In cases where the muscle is underdeveloped or (usually children born with it) or adults who develop degenerative nerve or muscle disease, not only is the lid lower, but the muscle is unable to lift the lid very much at all. People whose lid muscles are diseased in this way find that they can lift the lids somewhat by using their forehead muscle (the frontalis muscle) to lift the brows which in turn lifts the lid a little bit as well. These are the people for whom frontalis slings are a good surgical choice. A sling is a loop of material that is threaded beneath the skin between the eyebrow and the lid skin just above the lashes. When this loop is tightened, like a purse string, it makes it easier for the forehead muscle to lift the lid. The loop can be made of silicone, artificial strips, donor tendon, or even tendons obtained from the thigh of the patient him or herself!
Success of this procedure is defined by an improvement in the lid's resting position but this will depend entirely on the patient's ability and willingness to use the forehead or frontalis muscle. Without this effort, the lid will, in most cases, still look droopy. In most cases, patients who have slings performed will, at least initially, have trouble closing the lid and will have a limited spontaneous blink. It is important to keep the eye moist during this time with over the counter eye drops and moisturizing ointments. These lid movement limitations typically improve with time but when needed on only one eye, a certain amount of imbalance between the two upper lids is usually unavoidable after a sling procedure.
People who need frontalis slings have the most complicated and severe types of droopy lids. Children do quite well post operatively with this procedure and can maintain good cosmesis into adulthood. Dr Raman-Abdulla is able to perform this procedure, kindly contact our rooms for more information.
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Glaukos Stent Implant
iStent inject® W—one of the smallest medical devices known to be implanted in the human body—is made of two tiny stents that are designed to restore your eye’s natural ability to drain fluid out of the eye to reduce glaucoma pressure. Designed for cataract patients with glaucoma, iStent inject® W can be implanted independently or at the time of cataract surgery.
You won’t see or feel the stents after they are inserted, but they are designed to effectively manage your eye pressure.
Proven to be safe and effective in clinical trials, Glaukos devices have been implanted in the eyes of patients around the world, with more patients benefiting from this technology every day.
Drops are not your only option for the management of Glaucoma. Contact our practice today to find out if you are candidate for surgery.
Innovative Glaucoma Surgery at Randfontein Private Hospital
Crosslinking for Keratoconus
When children are diagnosed with keratoconus, they are more likely to have a severe form – the disease will usually progress more quickly and result in more serious effects on vision.
Children and adolescents should immediately be cross-linked as soon as the keratoconus is clearly diagnosed to significantly slow down disease progression and avoid corneal transplant. The results of cross-linking in children and adolescents as excellent as they are in adults: the disease can be stopped with a high rate of success. The procedure is safe and effective.
In children, with the use of an "Epi-on technique" the procedure is associated with less post-op pain, a faster recovery, and the ability to crosslink using only local anesthesia instead of the general anesthesia.
Dr Raman-Abdulla performing Cross-linking on an eight year old girl who has done very well post op