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What causes a drooping eyelid?

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Dr. Ali Zaidi answered

Specializes in Ophthalmology

There are many causes of a drooping eyelid. The most common cause is aging, which can result in the eyelid muscle becoming loose and detached from the eyelid. Other causes include nerve problems, such as a 3rd nerve palsy, horner's syndrome, or myasthenia gravis (these may require urgent evaluation). Children born with drooping eyelids may have weak eyelid muscles. Most causes can be treated.

Answered Oct 3, 2016

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Dr. David Sachs answered

Specializes in Ophthalmology

A lot of things can cause a droopy eye lid. One of the most common causes is age. If it is occurring all of a sudden it may be something of concern and you should see your ophthalmologist for further evaluation.

Answered Feb 17, 2015

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Dr. Geoffrey Kwitko answered

Specializes in Ophthalmology

Most common reason is a dehiscence of the levator muscle that occurs with aging. It can be more serious. A horners syndrome or a 3rd nerve palsy. Myesthenia gravis is a possibility. Orbital tumors in the superior orbit as well. Have a droopy eyelid checked with your doc

Answered Sep 20, 2014

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Dr. Suzanne Galli answered

Specializes in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery

There are several causes of a droopy eyelid. Your best bet would be to have your eyes evaluated by a board certified facial plastic surgeon.

Answered Dec 1, 2014

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