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Fallen Eyelids

Fallen Eyelids

Eyelid drooping is the excessive lifting of the upper eyelid. The tip of the upper eyelid may reach lower than it should (ptosis) or there may be an excess of skin sagging on the upper eyelid (dermatocalasis). The drooping eyelids are usually a combination of both conditions.

The drooping of the eyelid is almost always due to:

 

  • Weakness of the muscle that raises the eyelid.
  • Damage to the nerves that control that muscle.
  • Loose skin of the upper eyelids.

    The drooping eyelid can be:

  • Caused by the normal aging process.
  • Congenital.
  • The result of an injury or illness.

    Diagnostics

    Ptosis is diagnosed by an Eye Doctor, by careful examination of the eyelids. The doctor takes detailed measurements of the height of the eyelids and assesses the strength of the eyelid muscles.

    Treatment for sagging eyelids

    To determine if a surgery is necessary and what type of procedure is most appropriate, the ophthalmologist will consider some important factors.

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