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Have you ever looked at someone and thought that they are either falling asleep or have a hard time keeping their eyes open? This condition, known as droopy eyelids, is known medically as blepharoptosis or eyelid ptosis.
Droopy eyelids can involve either one upper eyelid or both upper eyelids. It is sometimes congenital, which means that the person is born with droopy eyelids. It can also be acquired, which means that the droopy eyelids develop later in life.
Many factors can cause droopy eyelids, including aging, trauma, contact lenses, lesions/tumors, and neurological defects. The most common cause of droopy upper eyelids is the aging process, causing the eyelid muscles to weaken over time. Gradually, the eyelids become more-and-more droopy over the years to the point that a person uses their forehead muscles to lift their eyelids.
Droopy upper eyelids can interfere with a person's superior field of vision. Droopy eyelids can even interfere with a person's ability to drive safely, due to his or her limited field of vision.
For these reasons, people with droopy eyelids need to be evaluated, and the cause of the droopy eyelids needs to be diagnosed. After proper evaluation, an individual may need to have surgery if the droopy eyelids are severe.
There are different types of surgeries for the repair of droopy eyelids. Blepharoplasty, mullerectomy and levator advancement are among these procedures. To learn more about upper and lower eyelid blepharoplasty, please see my previous and future articles in Your Health Magazine.
When considering upper and/or lower eyelid blepharoplasty for the treatment of droopy eyelids, it is recommended that you choose a board-certified oculo-facial plastic surgeon.
This is typically an ophthalmologist who has been certified in plastic surgery in and around the eyes. It is very important for a surgeon to be familiar with the eyes and their functionality to best perform upper and lower eyelid surgery, especially for the treatment of droopy upper eyelids.
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