Causes of Droopy Eyelids (Ptosis)

Ptosis is a drooping or falling of the upper or lower eyelid. The drooping may be worse after being awake longer, when the individual's muscles are tired.

This condition is sometimes called "lazy eye", but that term normally refers to amblyopia. If severe enough and left untreated, the drooping eyelid can cause other conditions, such as amblyopia or astigmatism.

This is why it is especially important for this disorder to be treated in children at a young age, before it can interfere with vision development.

Aponeurotic and congenital ptosis may require surgical correction if severe enough to interfere with vision or if cosmetics is a concern. Treatment depends on the type of ptosis and is usually performed by an ophthalmic plastic and reconstructive surgeon, specializing in diseases and problems of the eyelid.

Dr. Matheson Harris, and eyelid and facial plastic surgeon in Salt Lake City, Utah, discusses droopy eyelids (ptosis), including the causes of droopy eyelids, droopy eyelid treatments, droopy eyelid surgery, and recover from surgery.