Droopy Eyelids2021-12-02T12:05:07+00:00

Drooping or sagging eyelids often occur as we age

We can treat this common occurrence to improve your appearance and vision

Book an appointment

Drooping or sagging eyelids often occur as we age

We can treat this common occurrence to improve your appearance and vision

ARE YOU SUITABLE?
BOOK A FREE LASER ASSESSMENT
Restore your appearance and your vision

Discover more about this symptom and next steps

Drooping or sagging eyelids often occur as we age and can affect both your appearance and vision.

The most common cause is ageing, although there may be other reasons. Whatever the cause, if you suffer from droopy eyelids, rest assured that it is usually possible to restore your appearance and vision.

Ptosis

Ptosis is the medical term given to the condition of droopy eyelids. It is generally associated with an age-related sagging of the muscles that hold the eyelids up. However, ptosis can also occur in children as a congenital disability (congenital ptosis).

Ageing and sun exposure

Exposure to the sun and the natural effects of ageing can cause the skin around your eyes to sag more. As the skin becomes less elastic with age and the face becomes less plump and firm, the result is often loose or excess skin around the eyes.

Nerve problems

Damage to the nerves that control the muscles around the eyes can also cause droopy eyelids to occur.

Disease or injury

Occasionally, certain diseases or an injury to the eye or eyelid can cause the eyelids to droop and sag.

Problems can range from a mild sagging of the skin around the eyes to severe drooping, which obstructs your vision. As the upper eyelids droop, they may begin to cover your eyes, giving a hooded appearance. Bags under the lower eyelids are also a common problem. These symptoms can make you look older or more tired and give you a ‘severe’ appearance.

In some cases, the upper eyelids droop so much that they begin to cover the pupil, obstructing vision. If you suffer from severely droopy eyelids that affect your vision, you may find yourself tilting your head back or raising your eyebrows frequently to see. It’s also common to feel tiredness and aching around the eyes, especially later in the day.

An ophthalmologist or optometrist can confirm the cause of droopy eyelids by performing an eye examination.

Ptosis surgery is the operation to lift drooping eyelids, restoring a more normal open-eyed look. Blepharoplasty is the surgery to remove excess, sagging eyelid skin and underlying tissue. Both are likely to improve vision and appearance and are usually comfortable and straightforward.

Is there pain associated with droopy eyelids?

Typically not; however, if the droopiness causes dry eyes, you may feel some irritation.

Do droopy eyelids affect your vision?

If the eyelids cover your pupils, then you will notice your vision change. However, after surgery to lift the eyelid back up, your vision tends to return to normal.

Gain relief from a worrying eye condition

We understand that any issue with your eyes can be a weight on your shoulders. Give us a call to book your appointment today, and we’ll help you get to the bottom of your issue and put your mind at ease.

CALL US ON: 0800 99 2020

Gain relief from a worrying eye condition

We understand that any issue with your eyes can be a weight on your shoulders. Give us a call to book your appointment today, and we’ll help you get to the bottom of your issue and put your mind at ease.

CALL US ON: 0800 99 2020
Does poor vision or the limitations of glasses or contact lenses hold you back?

Choose the option below that sounds most like you to discover your best solution

Do your glasses and contacts get in your way or make you feel uncomfortable?

Do you feel a bit meh when wearing glasses or when your eyes feel dry from your contact lenses? Perhaps poor vision and the inconvenience of glasses and contacts stops you from participating in certain activities you enjoy or even simply enjoying the beautiful natural landscapes around you. Laser eye surgery could be the answer.

LEARN MORE

Are you struggling with the hassle of reading glasses?

Whether you’re new to reading glasses or have worn them your whole life, it doesn’t take long to notice how annoying they can sometimes be. Before you know it, there’s a pair of readers everywhere you look; around your neck, in your pockets, and in every room of the house. But when you need them, they’re nowhere to be found. Restore your vision (and avoid future cataract surgery too).

LEARN MORE

Is your vision becoming cloudy, blurry and dull or have you been diagnosed with cataracts?

When your glasses are no longer effective, your quality of life is impacted. At first, you might be able to muddle by. But as your vision deteriorates, your ability to function as you normally would is needlessly compromised. With modern cataract surgery, you have the choice to quickly and easily improve your vision (and even reduce your dependence on glasses).

LEARN MORE

Gain relief from a worrying eye condition

We understand that any issue with your eyes can be a weight on your shoulders. Book an appointment today, and we’ll help you get to the bottom of your issue and put your mind at ease.

Book an appointment

Gain relief from a worrying eye condition

We understand that any issue with your eyes can be a weight on your shoulders. Book an appointment today, and we’ll help you get to the bottom of your issue and put your mind at ease.

Book an appointment
Gain visual freedom in 3 easy steps

Eye treatment options can be confusing. We’ve made the journey as straightforward as can be

Get in touch

The first step is to call us so we can answer any questions we can on the phone. Give our friendly team a call on 0800 99 2020 or request a call back from us.

We’ll meet

At your consultation, we’ll diagnose your issues, answer your questions and give you a clear recommendation based on your needs. You’ll confidently leave with a clear understanding of your treatment options.

Enjoy clarity

After treatment, people often tell us how pleased they were that they took action when they did. They’re often so glad that they reached out so that we could address their concerns and help them resolve their troublesome eye condition.

Watch the best patient education videos on eye treatment in New Zealand

Get a quick overview of everything you need to know about gaining visual freedom

What is LASIK surgery?

Are you looking for a new perspective of life? In this post, Dr Nick Mantell explains the different types of lasers treatments and that Lasik is the most frequently performed, elective, laser vision correction surgery.

What are the benefits of PRK?

Nothing beats the comfort of saying yes to vision correction with PRK. The exhilaration of going for a run, breaking a sweat whilst working out, or snuggling into bed with your favourite read, without needing external aid is priceless. What's more, this painless surgery lasts no longer than 15-minutes. Learn more in this blog with Dr Adam Watson from the Eye Institute.

READ MORE POSTS
Additional resources on treating droopy eyelids

Learn more about treating droopy eyelids from authoritative sources.

Ptosis is drooping of an upper eyelid of one or both eyes. The droop may be barely noticeable, or the lid can descend over the entire pupil.

Ptosis can affect both children and adults, but usually occurs because of ageing.

Click here to read more. 

Note: These links will take you off our website

Go to Top