The most common cause of ptosis is ageing. As the muscles around the eyes weaken, the upper eyelids may begin to droop.
Occasionally, children can be born with ptosis. Children with this condition often tilt their heads or lift their eyebrows frequently to see properly.
Injury or disease
A head injury, eye trauma or another condition or disease can cause ptosis. This occurs when there is damage to the ‘levator’ muscles that hold the eyelids up, or damage to the nerves that control these muscles.
The main symptom of ptosis is the drooping of the upper eyelids. This can be in just one eye, or it may affect both eyes.
Ptosis generally gives the face a tired or severe appearance. However, it can also result in both dry eyes and watery eyes. This is because the eyelids are no longer functioning effectively to keep the eyes moist.
At its most severe, ptosis can obstruct vision, as the upper eyelid sags so much that it begins to cover the pupil. Many people with severe ptosis find themselves tilting their heads back to speak.
Ptosis can also cause tiredness and aching around the eyes. This is because you are forced to lift the eyebrows to see properly.
Thankfully, treatment for ptosis is relatively fast and straightforward. Our oculoplastic surgeons specialise in ptosis repair – an operation to correct drooping of the eyelid and restore your normal, youthful appearance.
If you suffer from ptosis, make an appointment with one of our eyelid surgery specialists to discuss your treatment. Children with ptosis should also have regular check-ups and treatment if necessary, as ptosis may cause further vision problems later in life.
Unfortunately, there is no way to prevent a drooping eyelid.
Will surgery fix my ptosis?
Yes, there are surgical procedures that can help with the appearance of ptosis. Our surgeons can tell you what would be possible.
Does ptosis hurt?
Typically not, although you can get some tiredness of the eyelid muscles if you are trying to hold your eyelid up all the time.
Does ptosis affect my vision?
If the eyelid is sitting low enough, it may obstruct some of your vision; however, it does not make your vision blurry overall.
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