Droopy Eyelids (Blepharoptosis)
Ptosis (droopiness) is a common condition that affects the upper eyelid of one or both eyes. It can be a result of aging, a congenital defect, muscle deformity or neurological disorder. This condition can occur in patients of all ages, but is most common in older patients, and will likely continue to worsen with age.
Various surgical procedures are used depending on the cause of ptosis. Patients may seek treatment for medical or cosmetic reasons. Severe drooping eyelid may obstruct vision or distort the appearance of the eye.
Ectropion is a "turning inside out" of the eyelid so the inner eyelid is exposed. Common causes include aging, sun damage, tumors, burns and the removal of too much skin during upper eyelid lift (blepharoplasty). If the condition is not treated, the cornea may become damaged by abrasions, ulcers or infections.
Symptoms can include:
- Eversion of the eyelid
Eyelid surgery is necessary to restore the eyelid to its normal position.
Entropion is a "turning in" of the eyelid. The lid and lashes may rub painfully against the cornea. Entropion usually occurs as a result of aging, but other causes can include injury, congenital defect and various inflammatory conditions. A spasm of the eyelid can cause the lid to turn inward as well.
- Inversion of the eyelid
- Irritation of the eye
Entropion repair involves surgery to restore the eyelid to its normal position.