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Droopy Eyelids (Ptosis) | Causes & treatment

Ptosis is the term used to describe a droopy or low upper eyelid position. This can block the vision, while compensating by tilting the face or chin or lifting the eyebrows in order to see clearly can cause headaches and discomfort in the neck or forehead.

What causes ptosis?

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.

If ptosis occurs suddenly over a short period of time and is associated with double vision, muscle weakness, headaches or pain, urgent medical advice should be sought.

Ptosis Treatment Options

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.


Refer to our ptosis procedure page for more information on surgery options, what to expect from your surgery and pricing. 

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