Drooping Eyelids

It is common for upper eyelids to droop with age due to stretching of structures within the eyelid. This can give the face a tired appearance and, if severe, result in impairment of vision. Oculoplastic surgeons refer to drooping eyelids as ‘ptosis’.

Upper eyelid ptosis caused by ageing can be corrected by addressing the stretched structures within the eyelid through either the skin or through the inside of the eyelid (transconjunctival). Ptosis surgery is often carried out alongside blepharoplasty to rejuvenate the upper eyelids.

Occasionally ptosis can be caused by reasons other than ageing, such as neurological disease, muscle disease, trauma or masses in the eyelid. Your Oculoplastic Surgeon will be able to distinguish between the various causes, usually through examination, occasionally supported by investigations.