When the upper eyelid of one or both eyes droops, this is referred to as ptosis (pronounced TOE-sis). This droop can be almost unnoticeable, or it can be so pronounced that the eyelid descends over the entire pupil. This condition occurs due to aging, but it can affect both children and adults.

What causes ptosis?
Some people are born with ptosis (congenital ptosis), or it can develop with age, injury or as a result of cataract surgery or other eye surgery. Ptosis may also be caused when the muscles that lift the eyelid are compromised. In other cases, ptosis may be the result of an eye tumor, diabetes or a neurological disorder.

What are the symptoms of ptosis?
A drooping eyelid is the most noticeable sign of ptosis. When the eyelid droops severely, this can obstruct vision, making it necessary to til the head back to try to see under the lid or repeatedly raise their eyebrows to see better.

How is ptosis treated?
Blepharoplasty (upper eyelid surgery) is a simple surgical procedure that can eliminate ptosis. This procedure tightens the muscles of the eyelid (levators) to lift them and improve your vision and appearance. If the case is severe, your surgeon may attach the eyelid under your eyebrow to allow the muscles of your forehead to act as levator muscles to lift the eyelid.

Regardless of the cause for your drooping eyelid (whether it’s an injury or natural causes), it’s a good idea to talk with your doctor about correcting the condition immediately before it leads to excessive eye strain or deteriorating vision.

Want to Learn More About Treating Ptosis? Contact Dr. John Lee
For more information about drooping eyelids, blepharoplasty, and other eye treatments, contact Dr. John Lee at the Bryn Mawr Facial Aesthetics Center. We are located in Philadelphia and can be reached directly at 617.789.6701. We look forward to hearing from you soon.