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Droopy Eyelids: Causes, Symptoms and Treatment

December 7, 2017

Most of us get droopy eyelids after a night of partying. This is natural – our eyelids are just tired and heavy from all that drinking and dancing! But for some, that is not the case. It is already a case of ptosis, more commonly known as droopy eyelids.

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Droopy eyelids may be caused by a number of reasons. Here are a few of them:

  1. As we age, our skin gets saggy and the muscles loosen up. This includes the muscles and skin that hold our eyelids up. This can also cause the eyes to look sad all the time, this condition aptly named, weepy eyes.
  2. You’re born with it. Some people are just born with droopy eyelids, right from the start. In more serious cases, they require surgery in order to avoid more complications in the future.
  3. Medical conditions like muscle and nerve disorders. Some people acquire ptosis or droopy eyelids after a medical condition, like after having a stroke. Other things that might cause this are cancer, having a brain tumor, being diabetic, and sometimes after undergoing a cataract procedure.
  4. Eye injury. Finally, getting your eyes hurt pretty bad may also cause droopy eyelids, especially when it does enough damage to the ocular nerve.

Aside from the ones we have mentioned above, there are still a lot of things out there that can cause droopy eyelids. However, the things we have mentioned are the most common.

Now that we have covered the causes, let us move on to the symptoms.

How do I know that I have droopy eyelids?

Suffering from ptosis doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll have to suffer all the time. For most people, they don’t even notice they have it as it does not happen all the time. For more serious cases though, it will be noticeable, happening on just an eyelid or both! The eyes can go completely dry, or always watery.

Some people may also suffer from migraines around the eye area. And they’ll start noticing that they need to tilt their head in order to see the person they’re talking to in a conversation.

If you experience one or more of these things and you have noticed your eyelids starting to droop down, you might want to get medical attention as droopy eyelids may also be a symptom to a more serious health problem.

How is ptosis or droopy eyelids treated?

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Having ptosis does not necessarily mean you need to get a droopy eyelids surgery. You can get a crutch installed to your glasses if don’t want to go under the blade. However, doing so may cause a lot of inconvenience and discomfort, which is why most still choose to get a cosmetic eye surgery. It doesn’t just solve the droopy eyelids situation but it can also make you look years younger by making your eyes pop and look more refreshed.

In the end, the decision is still up to you. The most important thing though is to always get your eyes checked on a regular basis, especially since this involves your vision.

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