Is your eyelid drooping? If yes, you should not be ignoring it as it could be a sign of an underlying medical condition. Eye drooping occurs when the upper eyelid sags or droops. Not only do droopy eyelids make you look tired, they can interfere with your vision. As a leading eye hospital in West Bengal , we share with you useful insights on eye drooping:
1. Conditions that can cause droopy eyes
- Ptosis: This is a condition in which the edge of the upper eyelid is lower than normal. It can occur at birth or develop due to ageing. It can also be caused by paralysis, nerve damage or migraines.
- Dermatochal asis: It refers to the excess skin developed in the upper eyelid. It is a common sign of periocular ageing and is often seen in middle-aged and senior people.
2. What causes eye drooping?
There are various reasons that can cause eyes to droop, such as:
- Eye drooping develops when the levator muscle that is used in lifting up the eyelid does not function properly. This can happen due to stretching or weakening of the muscle overtime.
- Apart from ageing, medical conditions such as eye injuries or a damage of the nerve that controls the levator muscle can also lead to drooping in the eyes.
- It can also occur in children as it is caused by the lack of development of the levator muscle.
- It can also be caused by the loosening of the skin at the upper eyelid.
3. Diseases that cause eye drooping
Here is a list of diseases that could cause the eye to droop:
- Tumour around the eye
- Horner syndrome
- Myasthenia gravis
- Swelling of the eyelid
4. Symptoms of eye drooping
Drooping can occur in one or both the eyes. Here are a few symptoms:
- Difficulty in closing or blinking of the eye
- Constant tearing
- Eye fatigue
- Blurred visionEye dropping in children can cause additional symptoms, such as:
- Myopia, hyperopia or astigmatism
- Blurry or distorted vision
- Eye strain
- Headaches or dizziness
Sometimes, it is difficult to identify physical symptoms for eye dropping. Even when the condition is present, your eyelid may be affected minorly or not at all. Therefore, it is important to consult an eye specialist to get the right diagnosis. Tests such as slit-lamp examination, tensilon test for myasthenia gravis and visual field test are carried out to identify this condition.
5. Treatment for eye drooping
In most cases, eye drooping is caused by ageing. But it can also be caused by medical conditions or injuries. Ageing causes the skin to deform and loosen. This causes the eyelid to droop down and block the vision. This condition can remain constant, worsen over time or could come and go. However, to treat drooping of the eye, Blepharoplasty ( a form of eyelid lift surgery) is performed.
- Improve the appearance of the eyelids
- Correct the interference caused with vision
- In children, it can prevent Amblyopia (lazy eye)
Looking for treatment for drooping eyes?
It is important to visit an eye hospital to get a proper diagnosis. Disha Eye Hospitals is a leading eye hospital with branches all over West Bengal. We have a team of experienced doctors who use the latest imaging and diagnostic technologies for the diagnosis. Should you have to undergo an oculoplasty and orbit surgery, the department of orbit and oculoplasty is well equipped with modern diagnostic and therapeutic facilities.