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Understanding Eyelid Drooping: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment Options

Are you experiencing eyelid drooping? Don't worry, you're not alone. This guide will help you understand the condition and explore your treatment options.


Eyelid drooping, also known as ptosis, is a common condition that can affect one or both eyes. It can be caused by a number of factors, including aging, injury, regular contact lens use, or neurological disorders. In this guide, we'll explore the causes and symptoms of eyelid drooping, as well as the available treatment options.

What is eyelid drooping?

Eyelid drooping is also known by the medical term, eyelid ptosis. It can affect one or both eyes. It is usually deemed significant when the vision is blocked as a result of the droop and this is determined by a visual field test that is done in the clinic. In some cases, eyelid drooping can also be a sign of a more serious underlying condition, so it's important to seek medical attention if you experience this symptom.

What are the causes of eyelid drooping?

Eyelid drooping can be caused by a variety of factors, including aging, injury, or neurological disorders. In some cases, it can also be a side effect of certain medications or a symptom of a more rarely, a serious underlying condition, such as a brain tumor or myasthenia gravis. It's important to consult with a qualified oculoplastic surgeon to determine the underlying cause of your eyelid drooping and develop an appropriate treatment plan.

What are the symptoms of eyelid drooping?

The main symptom of eyelid drooping is the upper eyelid sagging or covering part of the eye. This can cause vision impairment, eye fatigue, brow ache, facial asymmetry, a tired appearance and headaches. In severe cases, the drooping eyelid can completely cover the eye, making it difficult to see. Other symptoms may include eye irritation, dryness, and tearing. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it's important to consult with a ophthalmologist to determine the underlying cause and appropriate treatment options.

How is eyelid drooping diagnosed?

Eyelid drooping can be diagnosed through a physical examination in the eye clinic. They may also perform additional tests, such as a visual field test or imaging tests, to determine the underlying cause of the condition. Treatment options will depend on the cause of the eyelid drooping and may include medication, surgery, or other therapies.

What are the treatment options for eyelid drooping?

Treatment options for eyelid drooping will depend on the underlying cause of the condition. If the drooping is caused by a medical condition, such as a nerve or muscle disorder, treatment may involve medication or surgery to address the underlying issue. In cases where the drooping is due to ageing or other non-medical factors, cosmetic treatments such as botulinum toxin injections like botox or eyelid surgery may be recommended. There are different surgical approaches to eyelid surgery for ptosis and these can broadly be categorised as an anterior approach through the eyelid skin crease and a posterior approach from the under surface of the eyelid. The approach and technique used depends on your ptosis and the cause.

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