As people age, their eyelids are always drooping, which is defined as ptosis. Although ptosis occurs in both adults and children, the old account for a major portion. The fact is that if a person compares a recent photo of his or her face with one from 10 or 20 years ago, he or she may realize obvious drooping eyelid that has developed over these years.
Ptosis is barely noticeable on most old individuals caused by aging, injury or side effects from a cataract surgery. And the drooping upper eyelid may cover a major part of the eye so that normal vision will be affected. Severe lid droops require people to tilt their heads back to see under the lid or raise their eyebrows to lift eyelids.
Muscles that are responsible for lifting the eyelid are called levators. Abnormal facial anatomy may be unable to control these levator muscles and droopy eyelid is caused. As a result, the best solution to ptosis is a surgery that tightens levator muscles to lift eyelids. For severe droopy eyelid, another procedure can be conducted to attach your eyelid to the eyebrow so that the forehead muscles will substitute for levator muscles in lifting the eyelid. Your eyelids may be asymmetric and higher after a surgery. The selection of surgeon is important, since improper surgery may lead to disappointing eyelid appearance or undesirable dry eyes.
There is also congenital ptosis. Children born with ptosis should visit ECP every year since their eyes are changing. They need early treatment for normal vision development. Untreated ptosis on children may lead to amblyopia or lifelong poor vision.