A droopy eyelid restricts the superior visual field; if unilateral causes cosmetic asymmetry. Occurs with increasing age.
Eyelid ptosis in adults is usually a result of ageing that affect the muscles that are designed to lift the upper eyelid. Eyelid ptosis can also occur in younger adult patients, especially those who wear contact lenses, due to a continuous micro trauma from insertion and removal of the lenses.
In rare cases eyelid ptosis can be related to a neuromuscular disease. Eyelid ptosis can also occur with the use of some drugs, following eyelid trauma or with the extra weight of an eyelid lump such as a large chalazion or tumour.
The only permanent way to treat eyelid ptosis is with surgery. There are several possible surgical techniques. Speak to an oculoplastics specialist to find out more information.