Droopy eyelids – symptoms, causes & treatments
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Droopy Eyelids

Drooping or sagging eyelids often occur as we age, and can affect both your appearance and vision.

The most common cause of droopy eyelids is ageing, although there may be other reasons as well. Whatever the cause, if you suffer from droopy eyelids, the experts at Eye Institute can help restore your appearance and your vision.

Droopy eyelid symptoms

Droopy eyelid problems can range from a mild sagging of the skin around the eyes, to severe drooping which can obstruct your vision.

As the upper eyelids droop, they may begin to cover your eyes, giving a hooded appearance. Bags under the lower eyelids are also a common problem. These symptoms can make you look older or more tired, and can also give you a severe appearance.

In some cases, the upper eyelids droop so much that they begin to cover the pupil, obstructing vision. If you suffer from severe droopy eyelids that affect your vision, you may find yourself tilting your head back, or raising your eyebrows frequently, in order to see. It’s also common to feel tiredness and aching around the eyes, especially later in the day.

Causes of droopy and sagging eyelids

The most common cause of droopy eyelids is ageing, but there are other causes as well.


Ptosis is the medical term given to the condition of droopy eyelids. It is generally associated with an age-related sagging of the muscles that hold the eyelids up. However, ptosis can also occur in children as a birth defect (congenital ptosis).

Ageing and sun exposure

Exposure to the sun and the natural effects of ageing can cause the skin around your eyes to sag more. As the skin becomes less elastic with age, and the face becomes less plump and firm, the result is often loose or excess skin around the eyes.

Nerve problems

Damage to the nerves that control the muscles around the eyes can also cause droopy eyelids to occur.

Disease or injury

Occasionally, certain diseases or an injury to the eye or eyelid can cause the eyelids to droop and sag.

Treatment for droopy eyelids

The eye surgeons at Eye Institute are experts in oculoplastic surgery for the treatment of droopy eyelids. Blepharoplasty is a relatively fast and simple surgery that can be performed under local anaesthetic, to rectify droopy eyelids and restore a more youthful appearance.

For an appointment to discuss treatment for droopy eyelids with a specialist, simply contact us, or make an appointment online.

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