What is Ptosis (Droopy Eyelid)?
Droopy upper eyelids give rise to ptosis (pronounced ‘toesis’). In some cases, droopy upper eyelids cause visual field obstruction, making it difficult to see or enjoy things such as driving or reading. Some studies show that the sleepy-eyed appearance of ptosis makes people assume the sufferer is not bright.
Droopy lower eyelids can either sag outwards (ectropion) or inwards (entropion). Usually, the lower eyelids are affected. In either case, patients are extremely uncomfortable, with burning and dryness of the eyes, as well as a foreign body sensation. It is possible for problems with the eye to arise as a result of the malpositions of the eyelid. The tear ducts may also be blocked by longstanding drooping and can be corrected at the time of the eyelid surgery, if necessary. In general, repair of these conditions is helpful and often curative.