Eyelid Drooping (Ptosis)

What is Ptosis?

Eyelid drooping (Ptosis) is when the upper eyelid droops over the eye. In mild forms, the eyelid hangs abnormally low but doesn’t affect vision. In severe cases, this droop can be so low that it covers the eye and blocks vision.

Types of Eyelid Droop:

There are two types of eyelid droop: congenital and acquired.

Congenital eyelid droop is the most common type of droop. It is seen at birth. Babies can be born with ptosis if their eyelid muscles are too weak to hold the eyelid open.

Acquired eyelid droop: There are many types, but the most common is age-related. Over time, the eyelid muscles can weaken, so the eyelid starts to droop.

Causes & Risk Factors:

Both congenital and acquired eyelid droop are commonly caused by weak eyelid muscles.

Risk factors include:

  • Old age (for acquired eyelid droop)
  • Injury
  • Surgery
  • Muscular disease
  • Neurological disease

If your child has congenital eyelid droop, get their eyes checked by an eye doctor for other disorders. In some cases, ptosis may be linked to other eye conditions.

The symptoms of the Ptosis are:

  • Upper eyelid drooping
  • Raising the chin to see properly
  • Poor vision from refractive errors
  • Squint

Without treatment, ptosis can slowly decrease vision. It should be treated as soon as possible.

Treatment Options

Surgery is strongly recommended for severe eyelid droop. It is a safe, effective way to improve your quality of life. In all cases, surgery makes the eyelids look normal. This boosts confidence and makes it easier to lead a normal life. If your eyelid covers your eyes, surgery will also raise the eyelid so it no longer blocks your vision!

Key Points to Remember:

  • Eyelid droop is easily treated with surgery
  • Surgery boosts confidence and improves quality of life
  • It should be treated as soon as possible.

Befor surgery

After surgery