Droopy Eyes

As we age, skin loosens around the eyes. The tendon that attaches the levator muscle to the eyelid can stretch and allow the eyelid to fall and eventually cover the eye either partially or completely. It’s also not uncommon for someone to develop upper eyelid ptosis after cataract surgery. Ptosis is a medical term for droopy eyes. It can affect one or both eyes. When the upper lid falls, it may block your field of vision. Ptosis can also be caused by injury to the oculomotor nerve that stimulates the levator muscle. Droopy eyes give the face a tired look.

Symptoms of ptosis:

  • ¬†difficulty keeping eyes open
  • eyestrain
  • forehead aching from increased need to raise your eyelids
  • fatigue, especially with reading

Treatment:

  • massage the eyelids gently
  • warm cleansing
  • exercising the eye and facial muscles to make the eyelid more flexible and softer
  • if eyes are dry, try using a soothing eye drop, especially after computer work and reading

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