Ptosis (Droopy Eyelids)
Ptosis is typically caused by weakening or slippage of the muscles that elevates the eyelid. When the eyelid is droopy, there is often compensatory forehead and brow lifting to improve vision. With prolonged effort, you may notice fatigue with prolonged reading, working on the computer, driving or other daily activities. Patients sometimes complain of a headache or tightness in the forehead which may be caused by excessive lifting of the brows.
Ptosis present at birth is called Congenital Ptosis. It is typically caused by a maldevelopment of the levator muscle. In mild cases of Ptosis, the lid droops only slightly. In moderate to severe cases, the lid may partially or completely cover the pupil. This, of course, will affect the child’s ability to view the world. This makes prompt diagnosis and treatment of Congenital Ptosis crucial for normal visual development.