Eyelid drooping is excess sagging of the upper eylid. The problem is also called ptosis.
A drooping eyelid is most often due to:
Drooping eyelid can be:
Diseases or illnesses that may lead to eyelid drooping include:
Exams and Tests
A physical examination will be done to determine the cause.
Tests that may be performed include:
If a disease is found, it will be treated. Most cases of drooping eyelids are due to aging and there is no disease involved.
Eyelid lift surgery (blepharoplasty) is done to repair sagging or drooping upper eyelids.
The expected outcome depends on the cause of the ptosis. Surgery is usually very successful in restoring appearance and function.
When to Contact a Medical Professional
Get a referral to an ophthalmologist, a medical doctor who is trained to diagnose and treat eye problems, for:
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Review Date: 8/14/2012
Reviewed By: Linda J. Vorvick, MD, Medical Director and Director of Didactic Curriculum, MEDEX Northwest Division of Physician Assistant Studies, Department of Family Medicine, UW Medicine, School of Medicine, University of Washington. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc.
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