Defined as: Drooping of the eye lid

  • The drooping may be slight or it may cover the pupil entirely. 
  • In some cases ptosis can restrict and even block normal vision. 
  • Ptosis can cause amblyopia (lazy eye) and if left untreated can lead to a permanent deterioration in vision.

Treatment

Post Proprioceptive Stimulation

Discussion

As seen in the above photos, the appropriate proprioceptive signal will reverse ptosis (open the eyes) when due to a faulty ascending postural signal to the cerebellum. 

However, if the signal is too strong, it can dilate the pupil(s) (e.g., over stimulate the sympathetic nervous system)  See Animation Below

The following protocol was followed for taking the above photos

  • Camera was mounted on tripod
  • Patient was instructed to stand relaxed and look straight forward Pre Stimulation photo was taken.
  • Proprioceptive insoles are placed underneath the patient's feet
  • Knees 5-6 times, placing weight over the ball of the foot.  This maneuver augments the proprioceptive stimulation.
  • Patient instructed to stand relaxed and look straight forward  
  • Second (Post Stimulation) photo is taken.

Etiology

(1)  Rothbarts Foot

Distorted Ascending Postural Signal to the cerebellum can result in a weak levator muscle (which lifts the eye lid)

(2)   Trauma, injury, eye tumor, aging which results in a separation of the levator muscle from the eye

Pre Proprioceptive Stimulation

Ascending Eye Lid Imbalances

Ptosis

In Patients with Rothbarts Foot

Rothbart Proprioceptive Therapy (which incorporates proprioceptive stimulation) has proven to be a safe, natural and effective therapy for reversing ptosis (See Photos below)

Post Proprioceptive Stimulation

Pre Proprioceptive Stimulation