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Can my eyes get smaller? It seems that as I grow older, my eyes are getting smaller...

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Dr. David G. O'Day
Ophthalmology
5 doctors agree

In brief: No

Your eyes do not get smaller as you age, unless there has been catastrophic damage to an eye and you have lost most or all of your vision and the eye is not functional anymore.
More likely, you may develop drooping of the eyelids (ptosis) or excess skin overhanging the upper eyelids (blepharochalasis) that makes your eyes appear smaller.

In brief: No

Your eyes do not get smaller as you age, unless there has been catastrophic damage to an eye and you have lost most or all of your vision and the eye is not functional anymore.
More likely, you may develop drooping of the eyelids (ptosis) or excess skin overhanging the upper eyelids (blepharochalasis) that makes your eyes appear smaller.
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Dr. William Holmes
Pediatrics - Psychiatry
3 doctors agree

In brief: Eyes Are Same Size

Your eyes do not get smaller with age.
However, as we get older the skin and other tissues in our face can change. It is probably this type of change that causes your eyes to appear smaller.

In brief: Eyes Are Same Size

Your eyes do not get smaller with age.
However, as we get older the skin and other tissues in our face can change. It is probably this type of change that causes your eyes to appear smaller.
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Dr. Gary Wortz
Ophthalmology
2 doctors agree

In brief: No.

The eyes do not get smaller except in very rare circumstances in which you have had severe eye damage and longstanding blindness.
However, as people age the muscles that hold the eyelids up may become lax and cause less of the eyeball to be visible. This can cause the illusion that the eyes are smaller.

In brief: No.

The eyes do not get smaller except in very rare circumstances in which you have had severe eye damage and longstanding blindness.
However, as people age the muscles that hold the eyelids up may become lax and cause less of the eyeball to be visible. This can cause the illusion that the eyes are smaller.
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Dr. Scott Silodor
Ophthalmology

In brief: Not getting smaller

A seeing eye cannot get smaller or shrink over time.
What you are likely noticing is that as you age the eyelids and skin around them have gotten looser and baggy. This can cause a drooping of the lids. As a result, you will see less of the eye when you look in the mirror, giving the illusion that the eyes have gotten smaller. Cosmetic surgery is an option if it bothers you.

In brief: Not getting smaller

A seeing eye cannot get smaller or shrink over time.
What you are likely noticing is that as you age the eyelids and skin around them have gotten looser and baggy. This can cause a drooping of the lids. As a result, you will see less of the eye when you look in the mirror, giving the illusion that the eyes have gotten smaller. Cosmetic surgery is an option if it bothers you.
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Dr. Zachary Klett
Ophthalmology

In brief: Yes--appear smaller

The eye is surrounded and suspended by a "flotation cushion" of fat, and as we age some people lose fat volume in their orbits (sockets), just as can happen to the soft tissue volume in the face and elsewhere.
If this happens to a sufficient degree, the eyes can sink back in the orbits and appear smaller, i.e. More deep-set or more sunken, but the eyes themselves do not get smaller.

In brief: Yes--appear smaller

The eye is surrounded and suspended by a "flotation cushion" of fat, and as we age some people lose fat volume in their orbits (sockets), just as can happen to the soft tissue volume in the face and elsewhere.
If this happens to a sufficient degree, the eyes can sink back in the orbits and appear smaller, i.e. More deep-set or more sunken, but the eyes themselves do not get smaller.
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