Drooping Eyelids

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Drooping eyelids, clinically termed as “ptosis”, occur when the muscles responsible for lifting the eyelid stretch and/or lose their strength, causing a drooping upper lid.

A drooping eyelid can stay constantly “droopy”, grow progressively worse, or just come and go. In children, more severe drooping eyelids may lead to lazy eye or amblyopia, which can cause long-term vision loss.

Besides vision loss, some patients reach out to us to get treated for the drooping eyelid purely because it affects their appearance. Also, when the eyelid suddenly droops, there could be sudden pain and double vision as well.

Dr. Lisa Nath, MD and her team of experienced eye care professionals can help you address drooping eyelids. Located in Bellevue, PA., our office is a local favorite thanks to its short wait time, and proximity to the heart of Pittsburgh. We are open to serve you from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm from Monday to Thursday and 8:00 am to 4:00 pm every Friday. Please feel free to call us at 412-734-5022 or request an appointment online. We are always happy to help!

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FAQs on Drooping Eyelids (Ptosis):

What Is Drooping Eyelid (Ptosis)?

A drooping eyelid is a condition where the border of the upper eyelid falls to a lower position than normal. It can affect one or both eyes, and can interfere with one’s line of sight. It may be present at birth (congenital ptosis), or it may develop gradually over time due to a natural stretching and weakening of muscles in the eye and face Sometimes ptosis can only affect your appearance without affecting your vision or health.

 

What Causes Drooping Eyelid (Ptosis)?

A drooping eyelid is caused by weakness in the facial muscle responsible for keeping your eyelid open. In most people, ptosis develops gradually and is not caused by a serious underlying medical condition. However, when ptosis develops suddenly - over days or weeks - it can be a warning sign of something more serious, like:

  • Brain Tumor
  • Stroke
  • Brain Aneurysm
  • Horner syndrome, a rare disorder caused by damage to the nerves in your face and eye that control circulation and perspiration
  • Myasthenia gravis, a disorder that affects your voluntary muscles and causes them to weaken and tire easily

So, it is always recommended you see an ophthalmologist as soon as you experience sudden eyelid drooping.

 

What are the Symptoms of Drooping Eyelids?

In addition to overly drooping upper eyelids - which can obscure your vision - these symptoms may also appear:

  • At first, just a sense that the very upper field of vision is being blocked
  • When the drooping eyelid covers the pupil of the eye, the upper part of the vision becomes blocked
  • Children may tip their head back to help them see under the eyelid
  • Tiredness and achiness around the eyes may also be present
  • Increased tearing despite a feeling of dry eyes may be noticed

 

What is the Treatment for Drooping Eyelid?

For drooping eyebrows, a forehead lift is the procedure of choice. In more severe cases, surgery may be needed to correct interference with vision. In children with ptosis, surgery may be needed to prevent amblyopia, also called "lazy eye."

If your vision is getting obstructed due to drooping eyelids, don’t hesitate to contact Dr. Lisa Nath, MD and her team of dedicated eye care professionals in Bellevue, PA. From conducting evaluations to performing Ptosis surgery, Dr. Lisa Nath, MD can provide the highest quality of eye care to help you with this condition. Call our office at 412-734-5022 or request an appointment online to effortlessly schedule a convenient time to get a consultation.

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