Eyelid ptosis is both a physical problem as well as an aesthetic concern. Genetics can play a role in the development of ptosis, but scientists have found that contact lenses also play a part.
A study published in the Aesthetic Surgery Journal indicated that the use of contact lenses worn a daily basis could, in fact, contribute to the onset of eyelid ptosis. Further support has been given from scientists who have discovered a link between the use of soft and hard contact lenses and eyelid ptosis.
Someone who wears contact lenses has the choice between soft and hard lenses. Soft contact lenses are more comfortable to wear, however, hard contact lenses are considered to reduce the risk of eye infection.
One study found that eyelid ptosis was more severe in those that wore hard contact lenses. Within this study all environmental influences were taken into consideration, determining that the use of contact lenses was the only factor that contributed to the development of the ptosis.
Some Doctors or surgeons would first suggest discontinuing the use of contact lenses for a trial period to determine whether this makes a difference. If the ptosis hasn’t resolved and if other nerve damage diseases tests have been conducted, a blepharoplasty might be recommended. However, it’s important to determine the root cause of the ptosis before recommending surgery. There is an exhaustive list of causes that could be responsible that requires tests such as MRIs, CTs, Tension challenges, Nerve tests and Blood tests.
If you decided to have a blepharoplasty to treat the ptosis, you might eventually decide to go back to wearing contact lenses. As mentioned above, the use of contact lenses can increase the severity of the ptosis, however, you should not experience complications when trying to put them in. The surgery will change the shape of the cornea which will increase the difficulty of putting the contact lenses in due to the scarring, but this will eventually resolve.