Ptosis is a drooping of the upper eyelid so that it partially or completely covers the eye. This occurs due to the weakness of the muscles that lift the eyelid. Ptosis can be natural, but can occur at any age if a nerve that controls the muscles of the eyelid, or the muscle itself, is damaged. The nerve can be damaged after injuries or illness, e.g. diabetes and aneurysms in the skull. The cause of muscle damage may be muscle disease, e.g. myasthenia gravis. In all these cases, the ptosis may affect one or both eyes and may vary in intensity during the day. Finally, ptosis may appear when the muscles of one or both upper eyelids weaken. Ptosis can be accompanied by a double image.
Ptosis may ruins trhe look of a person and, in severe cases, it may block the sight. In children, it can lead to the development of the so-called “lazy eye”.
What to do?
When it comes to ptosis, always contact your doctor. Successful therapy of the underlying disease can also cure this disorder. In other cases, muscles can be surgically tightened or, if the operation is not instructive, the eyelid can be lifted with so-called ptosis eye crutches that are installed in eyeglasses.