Did you know?

Most ptosis is normal but unfortunately cannot be prevented in all cases. If you have sudden onset ptosis, or painful ptosis, contact your optician or doctor as soon as possible.

What is ptosis?

Ptosis, is the name given to sagging, heavy or droopy eyelids and can affect one or both eyes. You might notice a drooping eyelid from birth, but it is more common in later life.

Depending on the severity of the condition, droopy eyelids can reduce vision – this depends on how much it comes across your vision. Ptosis can be permanent but in most cases it will resolve naturally, with surgery or with mediation.

What are the symptoms of ptosis?

The main symptom of droopy eyelid, is that one or both of the upper lids will sag or droop. This can cause other symptoms to develop:

  • Loss of vision
  • Dry eyes
  • Watery eyes
  • Pain around the eyes
  • Headaches

Your optician may refer you to an eye doctor to investigate persistent ptosis, to ensure that there is no underlying condition. If you experience any of these symptoms, it is best to go get your eyes checked by a doctor.

What causes ptosis?

Anyone can get ptosis, however it is more common in older adults, as it can happen during the natural ageing process. The muscle in the eye responsible for lifting the eyelid, stretches as you age, and can cause the eyelid to fall. Some people are born with ptosis, however this is rare. Ptosis can also be caused by trauma, high stress and neurological issues.

How do you treat ptosis?

The cause and severity of your droopy eyelid will determine the treatment but normally surgery can rectify the problem. Your doctor can explain the best form of treatment for you.

How can I prevent ptosis?

You can’t really prevent ptosis but you might be able to stop droopy eyelids getting any worse if you get them treated early. One way to do this is to ensure you have an eye test every two years.


Will ptosis go away on its own?

Some cases of ptosis will resolve themselves without treatment, however you should always get it checked by your doctor or an optometrist.

How serious is ptosis?

Ptosis can be caused by neurological issues, so it’s important to get your eyes checked if you suspect you have ptosis.

Can ptosis be caused by stress?

Yes, high stress can cause ptosis.