Ptosis (droopy eyelid)

Droopy eyelid or ptosis is when the upper eyelid droops downward. Droopy eyelids may be caused by muscle nerve damage, age, injury or genetics. It is more likely to develop ptosis with age due to sagging of the muscles. This condition usually gets treated if it impacts the vision or for cosmetic reasons.

Symptoms & Diagnosis

In some cases, the upper eyelids droop so much that they begin to cover the pupil and obstructing the vision. You may find yourself raising your eyebrows or tilting your head back in order to see. The Ophthalmologist will undertake a physical eye exam and might ask you to undertake a Visual Field test in order to assess how much it affects the peripheral vision.

  • Dropping of upper eyelid
  • Reduction in visual field
  • Dry or watery eyes
  • Appearance to look tired


Day surgery might be required to fix the problem permanently. The procedure is called Blepharoplasty and removes excess skin. It is usually a straightforward procedure with the aim to improve the visual field and appearance.

Ptosis (droopy eyelid) Treatments in Adelaide

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