Ptosis (Droopy Eyelids)
Ptosis is a common condition that can affect the upper eyelid of one or both eyes as a result of aging, a congenital defect, muscle deformity or neurological disorder. It is most often caused by a weakness or separation of a muscle deep within the eyelid, and is usually easily repaired by simply reattaching this muscle to the normal connections on the lower aspect of the upper eyelid. This condition can occur in patients of all ages, but is most common in older patients and will likely continue to worsen with age. Children with ptosis should be examined regularly to check for other vision problems including amblyopia ("lazy eye"), refractive errors and muscular diseases.
Patients may seek treatment for droopy eyelids for cosmetic and/or medical purposes. Severe drooping may obstruct vision as the eyelid gradually droops lower and lower, eventually covering the eye. Other patients are simply bothered by the appearance of their eyelids. In adults, ptosis repair is often done in conjunction with upper eyelid blepharoplasty to remove excess skin.