What is it?

Blepharoptosis, ptosis, or droopy eyelid may occur due to changes that come with age, trauma or medical conditions such as stroke, brain tumor, and myasthenia gravis or after eye surgery that caused damage to the nerves. Ptosis happens due to damage to the muscle that keeps the eyelid open, or the nerve innervating it. Some children may be born with congenital ptosis. Ptosis may be either unilateral or bilateral.

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Additional names

This group contains additional names:
- Ptosis
- Droopy eyelid
- Myogenic Ptosis
- Blepharochalasis
- Ptosis of Eyelid
- Paralytic Ptosis
- Mechanical Ptosis

Signs & symptoms

Ptosis symptoms may include sagging of one or both upper eyelids. Sometimes, it could affect a person’s vision. Other symptoms may include dry or watery eyes, pain, tilting back the head to see better, and headaches.


Ptosis is typically diagnosed based on medical history and physical exam. Other tests may include slit lamp exam and Tensilon test. In this test a drug is injected to the veins, and if it improves the ptosis, myasthenia gravis is diagnosed.


Ptosis treatment depends on the specific cause. Surgery is sometimes recommended.

☝️ This is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult with your physician before making any medical decision.

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