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What is ptosis?
Pathologic droopy eyelid, also called ptosis, may occur due to trauma, age, or various medical disorders.
This condition is called unilateral ptosis when it affects one eye and bilateral ptosis when it affects both eyes.
It may come and go or it might be permanent. It can be present at birth, where it’s known as congenital ptosis, or you can develop it later in life, which is known as acquired ptosis.
Depending on the severity of the condition, droopy upper eyelids can block or greatly reduce vision depending on how much it obstructs the pupil.
In most cases, the condition will resolve, either naturally or through medical intervention.
Who gets droopy eyelid?
There are many different possible causes of droopy eyelids, ranging from natural causes to more serious conditions. Your doctor will be able to help you figure out what’s causing the issue.
Anyone can get droopy eyelids, and there aren’t substantial differences in prevalence between men and women or between ethnicities.
However, it’s most common in older adults because of the natural aging process. The levator muscle is responsible for lifting the eyelid. As you age, that muscle can stretch and, as a result, cause the eyelid to fall.
Keep in mind, though, that people of all ages can be affected by this condition. In fact, babies are sometimes born with it, though this is rare.
Sometimes the exact cause is unknown, but other times it may be due to trauma. It can also be neurological.
The most common cause of congenital ptosis is the levator muscle not developing properly. Children who have ptosis may also develop amblyopia, commonly known as lazy eye. This disorder can also delay or limit their vision.
What are the risk factors for droopy eyelid?
Certain medical conditions can also put you at risk for developing droopy eyelid.
If your eyelids are drooping, it could be a sign of an underlying medical condition, especially if the issue affects both eyelids.
If just one of your eyelids droops, it may be a result of a nerve injury or a temporary stye. Routine LASIK or cataract surgery is sometimes to blame for the development of ptosis, as a result of the muscle or tendon being stretched.
In some cases, droopy eyelid is caused by more serious conditions, such as a stroke, brain tumor, or cancer of the nerves or muscles.
Neurological disorders that affect the nerves or muscles of the eyes — such as myasthenia gravis — can also lead to ptosis.
More at https://www.healthline.com/health/eyelid-drooping#treatment