WHEN IS A ‘DROOP’ NOT A PROBLEM?

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A drooping eyelid can stay constant, worsen over time (progressive), or come and go (intermittent). It can be one-sided or on both sides. When drooping is one-sided (unilateral), it is easy to detect by comparing the two eyelids. Drooping is more difficult to detect when it occurs on both sides, or if there is only a slight problem.

A furrowed forehead or a chin-up head position may indicate that someone is trying to see under their drooping lids. Eyelid drooping can make someone appear sleepy or tired.

Drooping lids are either present at birth (congenital) or develop later in life. A drooping eyelid is not a reason to panic, but you should report it to your doctor.

Causes can include:
Drooping eyelids may be due to a variety of conditions include aging, diabetes, stroke, Horner syndrome, myasthenia gravis, or a brain tumor or other cancer that affects nerve or muscle reactions. Below are some common causes.

Both eyelids drooping:
Medical problem, such as myasthenia gravis
Migraine headaches
Normal aging process
Normal variation of the eyelids

One eyelid drooping:
Growth in the eyelid, such as a stye
Medical problem
Nerve injury
Normal aging process
Normal variation

Contact Dr. Landrio if:

1. Eyelid drooping is affecting your appearance or vision
2. One eyelid suddenly droops or closes
3. It is associated with other symptoms, such as double vision

http://www.drlandrio.com
516-546-4800

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