Droopy eyes (Ptosis)

What are droopy eyelids?

Droopy eyelids – also called ptosis or blepharoptosis – is a condition where the border of the upper eyelid may fall to an abnormal position. Ptosis can affect one or both eyes. It may be present at birth or may develop gradually as you age. It can also be the result of an injury or disease.

Droopy eyelids can vary in severity, and sometimes they may be hardly visible. Ptosis may just affect your upper eyelid but not your vision. In other cases, droopy eyelids may partly or fully cover the entire pupil, and will block your vision.

What are the symptoms of ptosis?

Common symptoms of ptosis can vary in each person, and may include:

  • Clearly drooping eyelids
  • Difficulty closing the eye or blinking
  • Increased tearing and a feeling of dry eyes
  • Tired eyes

Some children may tip their head back to help them see under the affected eyelid.

When should I see a doctor?

Ptosis that develops over a period of hours or days is more likely to indicate a serious medical condition that is affecting your muscles, nerves, brain or eye socket. You should see your GP as soon as possible.

If one eyelid suddenly closes, or you have droopy eyes, along with double vision, crossed eyes or pain, you should ask to be referred to an ophthalmologist. Children who develop droopy eyes should also visit an ophthalmologist.

What treatments are available?

If you have ptosis that is due to a muscle disease, neurological problem or local eye problem, your GP will treat the illness. In some cases, this treatment can improve the drooping eyelid or prevent it from getting worse.

If age-related ptosis blocks your vision or seriously affects your appearance, a minor surgical procedure by an ophthalmologist or plastic surgeon can correct the problem by raising your eyelid.

We can arrange a private appointment for you at Circle Health to see a leading eye consultant who specialises in treating drooping eyelids. He or she will thoroughly test and assess your individual condition, and advise you about the most appropriate treatment options for you.

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