Droopy eyelids, also referred to as ptosis, can occur due to age, trauma, or various medical disorders. Ptosis may come and go or may remain permanent. You may have droopy eyelids at birth, which is referred to as congenital ptosis. When it develops later in life, it is referred to as acquired ptosis. Droopy upper eyelids are likely to block and reduce your vision, depending on how severe they are and how much they obstruct the pupil. If droopy eyelids cause vision problems and create discomfort, you may want to seek a Peoria blepharoplasty procedure to help repair your eyelids.
Who can get droopy eyelids?
Anyone can get droopy eyelids. However, they are more common among older adults due to the natural aging process. As you age, the muscle responsible for lifting your eyelid, referred to as levator muscle, may stretch, causing the eyelid to fall. When it occurs at birth, it is most likely caused by a lack of proper development of the levator muscle.
Diagnosing droopy eyelids
To help diagnose droopy eyelids, a doctor performs a physical exam. Your doctor may ask you to provide him or her with more information about your medical history, including how long your drooping eyelids have been a problem. After explaining how the eyelids droop, the doctor may consider running several tests to determine the cause. A slit lamp exam may be performed to help have a closer examination of the eye.
Droopy eyelid symptoms
A person with droopy eyelids will have one or both of their upper eyelids sagging. Sometimes, this can affect an individual’s vision. In many people, the sagging eyelid is barely noticeable and it does not affect their vision. If you have droopy eyelids, you may experience extremely dry eyes or watery eyes. You may also find that your face looks tired or weary. Areas most affected are those around the eyes. Sometimes, you may have aching, which can make you look tired. In some people, ptosis can be so severe that they have to tilt the head back when speaking to see the person they are talking to.
Treatment of droopy eyelid
Treating ptosis largely depends on the cause as well as its severity. If you have developed droopy eyelids due to aging or if you are born with it, you may decide to live with the condition since it is not harmful. However, if you are worried about your look, you can opt for plastic surgery to correct the problem. The surgery helps reduce drooping. If an underlying condition is responsible for ptosis, your doctor will have to treat that first to stop your eyelids from sagging. If the eyelids are blocking your vision, surgery may be recommended.
Before you can consider eyelid surgery, you want to find out whether or not you are a good candidate for the procedure. You also need to know what you expect from the procedure to be happy with the outcomes.
If you are struggling with droopy eyelids, there is hope at Arizona Ocular & Facial Plastic Surgery. Schedule a consultation with your optometrist by using the online scheduling tool or calling the office.