The Aging Eyelid

Eyelid anatomy is very complex and involves many muscles and nerves to control the position of the eyelids. Normal structure and function of the eyelids is vital to distribute and circulate tears, as well as keep out and wash away debris or other irritants from the eye.

Over time, many changes occur in the body that can cause an alteration to the position or function of the eyelids. The most common form of this is a drooping of the upper eyelid (called “ptosis”) due to an accumulation of skin and fatty tissue called “dermatochalasis.” Alternatively, the eyelids can become turned towards or away from the eye (entropion and ectropion, respectively), causing redness, tearing, and discomfort. There are several other common types of eyelid abnormalities.

There are many ways to address a drooping or malpositioned eyelid, but often a surgical intervention is required for definitive treatment.