Drooping eyelids is the condition when the upper eyelid of a person doesn’t stay open but instead droops down. It tends to become worse if the individual who suffers from it is awake for a long period of time because the person’s eye muscles tend to be more exhausted. In extreme conditions especially when it is not treated, it can develop in to worse conditions like amblyopia or astigmatism. Experts recommend seeking treatment for victims of this problem when they are young because it can wreak havoc with the developing vision. In most cases the eyelid may drop down slightly but in some cases it can cover the pupil completely.
The causes of drooping eyelids have been put down to trauma, aging and other medical conditions. They can affect one eye (known as unilateral ptosis) or two eyes (bilateral ptosis). For some lucky individuals it can be temporary and will disappear after a while but for some people it can be a permanent issue. In extreme cases the eye lids have been known to affect the vision of the person. Drooping eye lids occur more frequently in the older generation due to the aging process where the muscles stretch and this has a reaction on the eyelids which fall. Usually if it affects one eye it is put down to damaged nerves or an inflammation but the condition occurs in both eyes then there could be a high chance of a medical problem. In very serious and extreme conditions, drooping eyelids can be caused by something like a stroke, brain tumor or even cancer.
The most visible symptom is that your eyelids start to droop but this is not necessarily the case. Some victims of the condition have noticed that the drooping eye lid is not that visible and sometimes does not fall down all the time. Watery or dry eyes can be a symptom and a tired and exhausted look on your face is another clue.
Another symptom is if you notice any pain or aching around your eyes. If you are getting headaches along with this, it is better to inform your doctor about it when you consult a reliable doctor. The doctor is likely to conduct a slit lamp test so that he can have a better look at your eye. This makes use of a powerful light so most probably you might have to go through some discomfort. If the condition affects your vision the doctor is likely to recommend surgery where the muscle is tightened so that the eye lid is pulled back into the normal position. If it is temporary then glasses can be worn to cure the condition.