The Drooping Eyelid

The eyelid can droop if the muscle that lifts the lid becomes weaker, whether that be through trauma, normal aging, or a neurologic disorder. There is often minimal extra skin weighing the eyelid down. When this happens, patients often compensate by raising their brows throughout the day, which can cause headache and fatigue.

The procedure to correct this is called a ptosis repair and typically involves re-attaching or strengthening the muscle that lifts the eyelid. It is a more involved procedure than the traditional blepharoplasty but is the only way to definitively correct a droopy lid due to muscle weakness.