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Drooping eyelids are a common problem. The causes of drooping eyelids are multiple and sometimes complex. First, a distinction must be made between a real drooping eyelids and a pseudo drooping eyelids.
Frequently, the eyelids are not really drooping and are, in fact, in a good position. However, an excess layer of skin called dermatochalasis gives the impression of drooping eyelids. In order to determine if drooping eyelids are present, the margin of the upper eyelids, where eyelashes are found, must be observed to ensure that it is located 1-2 mm below the top of the color of the eye (the iris). If the margin is lower, real drooping eyelids (ptosis) are present. If the margin is well positioned, excess skin may be removed by surgery that improves the contour of the eye, a Blepharoplasty.
Sometimes, false drooping eyelids may also be due to sagging eyebrows, or other causes related to the eye position itself.
In the case of real drooping eyelids, the eyelid margin, can be very low and obscure the center of the vision. In fact, drooping eyelids can greatly affect a person’s ability to function in day-today life. Drooping eyelids can even cause headaches or neck pain when attempting to improve one’s visual field by raising the eyebrows and by tilting the head backwards to reduce the severity of the drooping eyelids.
There are many causes of real drooping eyelids. In most cases, the drooping eyelids are due to the loosening of the muscle that lifts the eyelid. In other cases, drooping eyelids can be the result of an injury, a muscular disease, or a neurological disorder. Drooping eyelids may also be present at birth. A rare muscular cause of drooping eyelids, which is more common in some patients of French-Canadian origin is Oculopharyngeal muscular dystrophy. In addition to the drooping eyelids, it can cause difficulty to swallow, a nasal voice and some other muscle weaknesses.
Surgeons at Clinique O are experts at diagnosing the cause of drooping eyelids. They can adapt their surgical technique to correct all types of drooping eyelids. Ptosis surgery to correct drooping eyelids is one of the most commonly performed surgeries at Clinique O.