The droopy eyelid, medically known as ptosis, is a condition where the upper face of an individual suffers from sagging or laxity effect in their eyelid. It is very noticeable when you look at this person straight in the eyes (straight-ahead).
One can notice that the eyelid drops down and covers the pupil to some extent. Booking consultations with professionals on what to do about the drooping eyelids may help. You may visit Harmony Aesthetics Clinic to find out more about non surgical droopy eyelid treatment in Singapore.
Now, different people experience different degrees of development towards drooping of their upper lids. Some may only have mild cases whereby they will only feel conscious about it when they are taking photographs or making videos, while there are others who will also experience double vision due to this condition.
What Causes Droopy Eyelids?
Droopy eyelids, which come with aging, involve loose skin hanging over your eyelid. This causes droopiness to your eyelids which may obstruct your vision if left untreated.
A droopy eyelid can be caused by aging, congenital reasons, or any other medical conditions that result in the sagging of the upper lids. More commonly, it is seen among the elderly aged 50 and above due to the natural weakening of muscles found at their eyes called orbicularis oculi muscles, hence causing their eyelids to droop over time.
Some people are born with the condition where they inherit specific gene mutations (mutations) that cause weakened muscles surrounding their eyeballs resulting in drooping eyelids (Ptosis). Furthermore, some other diseases like Parkinson’s Disease, Myasthenia Gravis, and facial nerve paralysis can cause droopy eyelids.
In addition, injury to the nerves responsible for controlling muscles found in your eyes may also be a leading cause of droopiness in eyelids. Lastly, tumors that grow at or near your brain which presses onto certain parts of your brain, affecting certain areas may as well cause drooping eyelids.
Who is at Risk of getting Droopy Eyelid?
Anyone can get droopy eyelids, but some may be more predisposed to get it. Some of the known predisposing factors include:
- Ageing where your skin tends to become loose and sagging over time due to the natural aging process.
- Inheritance from family members or parents can also lead one to develop droopiness in their upper lids, particularly if you inherited specific gene mutations that cause ptosis. If both parents are affected, there is a higher chance for children to inherit this condition than parents only having one child. However, people without any family history of Ptosis are still developing drooping eyelids.
- Parkinson’s disease, where you have a loss of control over your facial muscles due to dopamine deficiency, may also cause droopiness of one’s eyelids.
- Neurological diseases such as Myasthenia Gravis, which is a disorder that causes skeletal muscle weakness affecting normal movement and function of the body parts.
- Injury on the facial nerve or brain can affect muscles controlling eyelids leading to drooping eyelids. In addition, neurological conditions like stroke or traumatic brain injury causing injury to the brain leading to the abnormal release of neurotransmitters impacting certain areas of the brain resulting in ptosis.
Droopy Eyelid Diagnosis
When you book a medical appointment for droopy eyelid treatment in Singapore, your doctor will do a comprehensive eye examination with all necessary investigations to detect neurological conditions that may be affecting your eyelid muscles. To diagnose your condition, your doctor will perform a thorough eye exam by checking:
- How well you see by testing both eyes individually with special instruments called visual field tests. In addition, if needed, your doctor will measure the pressure inside your eyes (IOP) and check for any abnormalities.
- Your doctor may also ask you to see a specialist called an ophthalmologist, where they will check for how much your eyelids cover the parts of your eyes as well as test how well you can move each of your eyelids as needed.
- Your doctor will look for any signs such as droopiness in one or both eyelids; inflammation; foreign objects like contact lenses stuck on the eyelid; enlarged pupil; bulging eyeball; crusty discharge over closed lid opening, and redness around the eyes that help them determine if there is anything causing problems with your eyelids and causes ptosis.
- In addition, your doctor will also test the strength of muscles found in your eyelids by asking you to look up and down or from side to side.
- Your doctor may also order a CT scan where they inject a special dye into a vein in your hand or arm, which can help them detect any abnormalities, especially within the brain, that may be causing ptosis. In severe cases, an MRI can be requested to get detailed views of certain parts of your brain responsible for controlling muscles controlling upper lids.
How is Droopy Eyelid Treated?
There are multiple treatment options available for patients with ptosis depending on severity and cause leading to ptosis. Your doctor would recommend you visit an oculoplastic surgeon (an expert in cosmetic surgeries of the eyelids) who specializes in droopy eyelid treatment in Singapore. They will go through your condition with you and help you understand which treatment option is suitable for your condition.
- Treatment for droopy eyelids may involve wearing eye patches placed over the eyes at night to strengthen muscles controlling lids or using botulinum toxin injections into upper lid muscles to reduce their activity, causing ptosis.
- Some surgical procedures that may be performed by doctors who are specially trained, called plastic surgeons, to fix drooping eyelids include Conjunctivochalasis, which is a medical term used to describe the aging changes found around the eyelids and can be treated by skin or muscle surgery. Blepharoptosis, where the upper eyelid sags down, which causes your vision to be obstructed, and this condition can be corrected with an eyelid procedure that tightens the muscles responsible for opening up the lids.
- In cases where ptosis is caused due to a medical condition such as stroke or neurological conditions, your doctor will usually prescribe medications such as sedatives and painkillers. In addition, if you have ptosis due to wearing contact lenses over a long time, your doctor may prescribe eye drops containing steroids which they may suggest you use after removing your lenses. Furthermore, your doctor may recommend you stop wearing contact lenses immediately.
The Bottom Line
Treatment for ptosis depends on the severity of the condition and underlying causes leading to ptosis, so consultation with an oculoplastic surgeon is necessary to get appropriate help and advice about treating ptosis effectively and safely while overcoming any concerns and fears you may have about your condition.
At Harmony Aesthetics Clinic, we are experienced in dealing with the full spectrum of low eyelids treatments, ranging from ptosis repair to dermal fillers. We hope you’ve found this helpful. If you’re concerned about droopy eyelids or any other facial conditions that affect your beauty – please do contact us now at +65 6970 5418 for an appointment today!
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