Droopy eyelids also known as Ptosis. Most of the time, an eyelid that has fallen over time and hangs so low it blocks some of your sight can be fixed with cosmetic surgery. When it shows up suddenly it could be a sign of a stroke, brain tumor, muscular disease or nerve problems. If a droopy eyelid appears within hours or days, consult your doctor right away.
When it affects one eye it is called unilateral ptosis, both eyes it is called bilateral ptosis. When ptosis is present at birth it is known as congenital ptosis. Development later in life is acquired ptosis. Ptosis is most common in older adults as part of the natural aging process. The levator muscle is responsible for lifting the eyelids. As people age, that muscle can stretch or separate away from their eyelid, as a result, will cause the eyelid to fall. Trauma will sometimes be a cause of ptosis. Sometimes ptosis happens as a side effect after certain eye surgeries.
Ptosis surgery is done as an outpatient procedure in your Doctor’s office. A local anesthesia will be used to numb your eye and the area around it. Sometimes, the surgeon may only need to make a small adjustment to the lid’s lifting muscle. For more severe ptosis, the levator muscle may need to be strengthened and reattached to the eyelid.
As with any type of surgery, there are possible risks and complications with ptosis repair. Your Doctor will discuss these with you.