What is Ptosis?
Eyelid drooping, which is also called ptosis, may occur due
to trauma, age, or various medical disorders. This condition can affect one or
both eyes, it may come and go, or it might be permanent. Depending on the
severity of the condition, drooping eyelids can block vision. In most cases,
however, the condition is treatable, often through surgery.
Causes and Risk Factors
of Eyelid Drooping
get droopy eyelids, but it is most common in older people because of the
natural aging process. Keep in mind, though, that people of all ages can be
affected by this condition. Babies are sometimes born with it, and the cause is
eyelids are drooping, it could be a sign of an underlying medical condition,
especially if the issue affects both eyelids. For example, drooping eyelids
could signal migraines. If just one of your eyelids droops, it may be a result
of a nerve injury or a temporary sty (inflammation and swelling of the eyelid
that is usually harmless).
cases, eyelid drooping is caused by more serious conditions, such as a stroke,
brain tumor, or cancer of the nerves or muscles.
What Are the Symptoms
of Eyelid Drooping?
symptom of eyelid drooping is that one or both eyelids sag. In some cases, this
can affect your vision. However, many patients find that the eyelid sagging is
barely noticeable or does not happen all the time.
A doctor should investigate persistent
eyelid drooping you may have to make sure there are no underlying conditions.
This is especially important if you notice that migraine headaches or other
issues have shown up since you first noticed the drooping.
will likely perform a physical exam and ask you about your medical history.
Once you have explained how often the eyelids droop and the length of time this
has been happening, your doctor will run some tests to find the cause.
For example, a slit-lamp exam may
be done so that your doctor can take a close look at your eye with the help of
high-intensity light. Your eyes may be dilated for this exam, so expect some
slight eye discomfort.
Another exam that can be used to
diagnose issues such as eyelid drooping is the Tensilon test. Your doctor may
inject a drug called Tensilon into one of your veins. You may be asked to cross
your eyes or do other movements that use your eye muscles. Your doctor will
monitor you to see if the Tensilon improves your muscle strength. This will
help him or her determine whether muscle issues are causing the eyelid drooping.
treatment for eyelid drooping depends on the cause. If the condition is the
result of age or is something you were born with, you may not receive
treatment. Your doctor may explain that nothing needs to be done because the
condition is not usually harmful to your health. However, you may opt for
plastic surgery if you want to reduce the drooping.
If your eyelids block your vision,
you will need medical treatment. Your doctor may recommend surgery. Glasses
that can hold the eyelid up are another option. This treatment is often best
when the eyelid drooping is only temporary so that you do not have to wear the
glasses all the time. Glasses may also be recommended if you are not a good
candidate for surgery.
If your doctor finds that your
eyelid drooping is caused by an underlying condition, you will likely be
treated for that. This should typically stop the eyelids from sagging.
drooping is rarely harmful to your health. However, if your eyelids block your
vision, you should avoid driving until the condition has been treated. Your long-term
outlook will depend on the cause of the eyelid drooping. Most of the time, the
condition is just a cosmetic issue.
There is no
way to prevent eyelid drooping. You may be able to stop it from getting worse
by seeing a doctor soon after you notice the issue.