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Ptosis is a drooping of the upper eyelid. The lid may only droop a little bit, or cover the pupil, impairing sight in the affected eye. This condition can be present in both children and adults, and can be treated with surgery.

Ptosis can:

  • Affect one or both eyelids
  • Be inherited
  • Occur later in life
  • Be present at birth

The most obvious sign of ptosis is the drooping of the upp eyelid itself. In adults, the most common cause of ptosis is the separating of the levator muscle tendon from the eyelid. This can happen as a result of aging, after eye surgery or after injury.

Sometimes, adult ptosis can occur as a complication of other diseases, such as neurological and muscular diseases. In rare occurences, it can be a sign or a tumor in the eye socket.

Ptosis can be the most effectively treated with surgery, and can improve vision and appearance. Your eye doctor can determine if surgery is best for you, as mild ptosis does not often require surgery. Sometimes, a blepharoplasty can raise the lid sufficiently, and other times the levator muscle needs to be reattached and strengthened.

If you are noticing that your upper eyelid is beginning to droop, or if you vision is already impaired with ptosis, please give us a call to schedule an appointment for evaluation.