Ptosis can be present from birth (congenital ptosis) and is due to the muscle that lifts the upper eyelid not developing properly. In some cases, this can be an inherited condition, with other family members affected.
In children, if the low upper eyelid position is not corrected it can affect the development of vision and lead to amblyopia (lazy eye).
In adults, the most common reason that ptosis occurs is that over time the muscle that lifts the eyelid up becomes stretched and weakens.
It can also happen following cataract surgery, injury or contact lens use. Some neurological conditions e.g. Myasthenia Gravis can also cause ptosis but this is not common.
Ptosis is usually best corrected by surgery to restore the upper eyelid position.
Non-surgical options to treat ptosis and hold the eyelid higher include ptosis props that can be attached to glasses, Botulinum Toxin injections and using scleral contact lenses. Surgery usually results in a better aesthetic result than non- surgical options, but all available options will be discussed with you with your surgeon.
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