A drooping eyelid, also called ptosis, is often a symptom of aging, though it can be a sign of something more serious such as trauma or diabetes, stroke, Horner syndrome, Myasthenia Gravis, a brain tumor, or a cancer that affects nerve or muscle reactions. Another common cause of droopiness is called pseudoptosis (dermatochalasis). Pseudoptosis results from the skin’s loss in elasticity from UV exposure and aging, and the condition causes excessive loose skin on the eyelid to push the lid downward. Drooping eyelids may stay constant, worsen over time, or come and go, and can occur with one or both eyes.
A drooping eyelid is most often due to:
• Muscle weakness
• Nerve damage
• Excessive loose skin on the upper eyelids
Drooping eyelid can be:
• Caused by the normal aging process
• Present before birth
• The result of an injury or disease
Diseases or illnesses that may lead to eyelid drooping include:
• Brain tumor or other cancer, which can affect nerve or muscle reactions
• Horner syndrome
• Myasthenia Gravis
Eye lid surgery may be necessary to correct problems with the muscles that open the eyelid. It is also possible you may receive special spectacle frames that keep your eyelids suspended. These frames are usually only helpful to those with temporary, partial paralysis, or those who are not good candidates for surgery.
You should contact us today if you feel that your eyelids are affecting your appearance or vision.