Drooping Eyelids

Drooping eyelids are commonly caused by two different conditions: ptosis and dermatochalasis.

Dermatochalasis occurs when the skin of the brow or upper eyelid sags. If this skin droops enough, it may fall in front of a person's line of sight. If this occurs, surgery is usually required to correct it. This procedure is usually covered under medical insurance. Commonly known as a droopy eyelid, ptosis may occur because of a birth defect, muscle weakness in the eyelid, or abnormality in nerves controlling the muscle.

Ptosis occurs due to muscle weakness of the eyelid, or due to abnormalities in the nerves controlling the eyelid muscles. Ptosis can be present at birth, called congenital ptosis, or come about as a result of aging, injury or an after-effect of cataract or other eye surgery.

Children born with ptosis may require surgical correction of the lid if it covers the pupil. In some cases, it may be associated with a crossed or misaligned eye. Left untreated, ptosis may prevent vision from developing properly, resulting in amblyopia or lazy eye.

Patients with droopy eyelids often have difficulty blinking, which may lead to irritation, infection and eyestrain. If a sudden and obvious lid droop is developed, you should consult your eye doctor immediately.