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Dr. John Park
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Drooping Eyelid (Overview)

Drooping eyelid (ptosis or blepharoptosis) = border of the upper eyelid sags below a normal position.


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What causes drooping eyelids?

What causes drooping eyelids?

Ptosis: Drooping eyelids that are symmetrical usually are not dangerous and can be caused by weakness of eyelid elevating muscles or just age. However, might be an indicator of neurological or brain problem. Should see eye md asap to diagnose and recommend treatment. ...Read more

Dr. John Park
254 doctors shared insights

Drooping Eyelid (Overview)

Drooping eyelid (ptosis or blepharoptosis) = border of the upper eyelid sags below a normal position.


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My brother says I should get treated because once in a while I get drooping eyelid? Is he right?

My brother says I should get treated because once in a while I get drooping eyelid? Is he right?

Depends: There are many reasons for droop of the lid. First is this recent or a slow evolution of long-standing? Your ophthalmologist can help discover why it droops. Treatment is only necessary if it is persistent and a health or cosmetic problem. If you are not bothered by it and have no other symptoms, then you can ignore your brother. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment for drooping eyelid?

What is the best treatment for drooping eyelid?

Drooping: There are different causes of drooping of eyelids: congenital, allergies, normal physiologic variation, myasthenia, other neurological causes like bells palsy, allergic reaction. To treat it is important to know the cause. ...Read more

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What's a simple, cheap treatment for my drooping eyelid?

What's a simple, cheap treatment for my drooping eyelid?

Internet: I have seen small adhesive pieces for sale on the internet that you can attach to the upper eyelid. Of course, you have to remove and replace them each day. ...Read more

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How can I get rid of drooping eyelids?

Find cause first: See your opthalamologist first to establish a diagnosis and determine the cause. This may be one of the first indications of a serious underlying diseased. In most instances it is generally due to aging and repair will depend on the severity with some requiring a tuck of the muscle and other procedures reattaching the muscle. When the muscle has failed altogether, other muscles may be used. ...Read more

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How common is ptosis when using purtox? I'm thinking about having some purtox injections done, and I was wondering if ptosis was common with this drug? I don't want to have a drooping eyelid problem while I'm on vacation. .

How common is ptosis when using purtox? I'm thinking about having some purtox injections done, and I was wondering if ptosis was common with this drug? I don't want to have a drooping eyelid problem while I'm on vacation.
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This : This depends on the technique and the areas treated. Ptosis generally occurs when the product reaches the levator muscles of the upper eyelid. This can occur when attempting to inject the frown lines or the forehead. In many instances, this occurs when individuals request complete eradication of wrinkles or lines requiring greater than average doses. It is less likely with lower doses and introducing more than 2 cm (a fingerbreadth or more) above the eyebrow with multiple concentrated lower volume injections. ...Read more

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What are ways to prevent drooping eyelid?

What are ways to prevent drooping eyelid?

Find out cause: A new onset of drooping eyelid (usually on one side) should be evaluated by an ophthalmologist (eye md) and/or a neurologist. While some conditions are benign & may be readily repaired by lid surgery, other causes such as certain lesions or a horner's syndrome need greater evaluation. ...Read more

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I woke up this morning with drooping eyelid in my left eye. I have been having headaches on and off, although I am not having one right now.

I woke up this morning with drooping eyelid in my left eye. I have been having headaches on and off, although I am not having one right now.

Ptosis: Sounds like ptosis (a weakness of the levator muscle in the eylid) Headaches suggestive of inflammatory process. Bells palsy can look similar but it is seldom isolated only to the eyelid. Have your situation evaluated by MD. Your condition is not normal and could have other causes ...Read more

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How to the best hide or fix a droopy eyelid?

How to the best hide or fix a droopy eyelid?

Droopy eyelid repair: The type of procedure depends on the cause of the droopy eyelid. If the eyelid is droopy from stretching of the eyelid lifting muscle, then a levator advancement or a mueller muscle resection may be performed. If the eyelid is droopy from weakness in the eyelid lifting muscle, then a frontalis sling surgery may help. ...Read more

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What are some possible causes for a droopy eyelid that's a bit puffy?

Local problem: It all depends on your clinical evaluation. You may have a cyst in your eyelid or other lesion that makes your eyelid react and become heavier. You need to see an eye doctor to be carefully examined. ...Read more

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Is there any way to correct a droopy eyelid and a lazy eye?

Is there any way to correct a droopy eyelid and a lazy eye?

Eyelid- yes: The droopy eyelid is called ptosis. It is usually caused by a muscle or nerve problem that is amenable to surgery. The lazy eye (amblyopia)treatment depends on the age of the patient. If the patient is under 12 years old then patching may help improve the vision. Over age 12 the nervous system is developmentally stable and patching will not help improve the vision. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have a "lazy eye" and a droopy eyelid (ptosis) at the same time on the same eye?

Is it possible to have a "lazy eye" and a droopy eyelid (ptosis) at the same time on the same eye?

You bet!: In fact, the ptosis often causes the lazy eye- less input into the eye, so the eye gets ignored by the brain and relies on the other eye (amblyopia). ...Read more

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A friend has a droopy eyelid and the Opthamologist has said he has a mass behind his eye and needs to have an MRI. Does this mean it is a tumor that likely needs to operated on or radiated? Could their be some other mass less serious?

A friend has a droopy eyelid and the Opthamologist has said he has a mass behind his eye and needs to have an MRI. Does this mean it is a tumor that likely needs to operated on or radiated? Could their be some other mass less serious?

Your friend's : Doctor will likely be able to give him more information after the MRI results are available and the rest of the work up is complete. It would be difficult to try to answer this without the information that his evaluation will provide. ...Read more

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What causes drooping eyelids?

Ptosis: Drooping eyelids that are symmetrical usually are not dangerous and can be caused by weakness of eyelid elevating muscles or just age. However, might be an indicator of neurological or brain problem. Should see eye md asap to diagnose and recommend treatment. ...Read more

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What causes a drooping eyelid?

What causes a drooping eyelid?

Usually aging: 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. ...Read more

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Can surgery fix a drooping eyelid?

Can surgery fix a drooping eyelid?

Yes: There are a variety of surgeries that can fix a droopy lid which is referred to as ptosis. The best procedure to repair the ptosis depends on what causes the problem. Usually the causes are due to excessive skin or abnormal muscle function or muscle slippage. ...Read more

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What are ways to prevent drooping eyelid?

Find out cause: A new onset of drooping eyelid (usually on one side) should be evaluated by an ophthalmologist (eye md) and/or a neurologist. While some conditions are benign & may be readily repaired by lid surgery, other causes such as certain lesions or a horner's syndrome need greater evaluation. ...Read more

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How to get rid of drooping eyelids when tired?

How to get rid of drooping eyelids when tired?

Depend on cause: Drooping eyelid when tired can be due to heaviness of excess skin and fat which is the most commun cause and can be corrected with blepharoplasty. Can also be due to weak levator muscle and myastenia gravis should be rulled out by your doctor. In absence of mg, the muscle can be tightened with surgery to aleviate the problem. Drooping eyebrow can also creat similar situation and can be corrected. ...Read more

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How to fix my drooping eyelid without surgery?

How to fix my drooping eyelid without surgery?

May try drops: Most important is to find out why the eyelid is drooping and rule out anything significant that might contribute to it. This is essential. If everything that might be related to the cause of a droopy eye is excluded it may be possible to use a low dose of neosynephrine (phenylephrine) drop infrequently to mask the droop if you do not desire a surgical correction. Only with advice and followup with ophthalmologist. ...Read more

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Has anyone ever had surgery for only one drooping eyelid?

Has anyone ever had surgery for only one drooping eyelid?

Yes, but...: Many surgeons who perform this kind of corrective surgery will operate on both eyelids because of the existence of a reflex in the brain that causes one lid to descend when the other is raised. So, raising the drooping lid alone may cause the other (normal) lid to droop. ...Read more

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Could my drooping eyelid be narcolepsy or something else?

Could my drooping eyelid be narcolepsy or something else?

Hard to tell: This is something that needs to be seen in "real time" by your doctor. ...Read more

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Has anyone ever had botched surgery for a drooping eyelid?

Eyelid surgery: Correcting drooping eyelids is a safe procedure in experienced hands Your best bet would be to have your eyes evaluated by a board certified facial plastic surgeon. ...Read more

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Can drooping eyelids cause vision problems needing surgery?

Can drooping eyelids cause vision problems needing surgery?

Yes: Drooping eyelids can interfere with your periferal field or even straight ahead vision depending on the amount of droop. A visual field can determin and quantify this. ...Read more

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Can I have my drooping eyelids corrected from ptosis without surgery?

Not usually: If the lids droop over the eyes themselves, this is ptosis, which would require surgery. If there is skin laxity on the eyelids, surgery is the most effective treatment. Some lasers can provide some tightening to the skin, but this may not be sufficient to create a substantial improvement. ...Read more

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What kind of doctor will I have to see if I want to get my drooping eyelids lifted?

What kind of doctor will I have to see if I want to get my drooping eyelids lifted?

Depends.: 'Droopy eyelid' is a lay term referring to dermatochalasis (excess skin hanging over the lid crease) or blepharoptosis (sagging of the lid edge). Dermatochalasis is treated w/ blepharoplasty where the excess skin is excised +/- browlift & can be managed by any experienced plastic, facial plastic, or oculoplastic surgeon. In general, an oculoplastic surgeon will be the most familiar treating ptosis. ...Read more

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Can botox injections help get my drooping eyelid corrected permanently? If so what will be the probable cost?

Can botox injections help get my drooping eyelid corrected permanently? If so what will be the probable cost?

Probably not: Botox will temporarily relax a muscle. If the eyelid droops, you might need a ptosis repair. Please seek a consultation from an opthalmologist specializing in ptosis repair or a similarly qualified plastic surgeon. ...Read more

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I am 17 and have drooping eyelids, is this normal? I look into the mirror and without lifting my eyebrows you can't see my eyelid on the right side.

Depends.: You should seek consultation with a facial plastic surgeon to determine the nature of your issue. This could be from excess eyelid skin (dermatochalasis) or from brow ptosis. You could also have unrecognized levator muscle dysfunction. Each of these require different treatment strategies and should be evaluated by a surgeon experienced in these procedures. ...Read more