Ptosis of the Eyelid

Ptosis is a drooping or sagging of the upper eyelid, which may affect one eye or both.

Ptosis is the medical name given to the condition of droopy eyelids. It is most common in older people, although it can occur as a congenital or birth defect, or as a result of an eye injury or disease.

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Drooping of the upper eyelids. This can be in just one eye, or it may affect both eyes.

Ptosis generally gives the face a tired or severe appearance. However, it can also result in both dry eyes and watery eyes, as the eyelids are no longer functioning effectively to keep the eyes moist.

At its most severe, ptosis can obstruct vision, as the upper eyelid sags so much that it begins to cover the pupil. Many people with severe ptosis find themselves tilting their heads back to speak. Ptosis can also cause tiredness and aching around the eyes, as the eyebrows are constantly lifted in order to see properly.


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The most common cause of ptosis is ageing. As the muscles around the eyes weaken, the upper eyelids may begin to droop.

Congenital ptosis
Occasionally, children can be born with ptosis. Children with this condition often tilt their heads or lift their eyebrows frequently to see properly.

Injury or disease
Sometimes, a head injury, eye trauma or another condition or disease can cause ptosis. Generally, this occurs when there is either damage to the ‘levator’ muscles that hold the eyelids up, or damage to the nerves that control these muscles.


Thankfully, treatment for ptosis is relatively fast and straightforward. Our oculoplastic surgeons specialise in ptosis repair – an operation to correct drooping of the eyelid and restore your normal, youthful appearance.

If you suffer from ptosis, make an appointment with one of our eyelid surgery specialists to discuss your treatment. Children with ptosis should also have regular check-ups, and treatment if necessary, as ptosis may cause further vision problems later in life.


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