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Drooping Eyelid Overview

What is a drooping eyelid?
A person with a drooping eyelid has an eyelid that that does not open completely and prevents light from entering the pupil. The decrease in the amount of light entering the eye results in impaired vision. The most common cause of drooping eyelid is old age. The normal aging process can weaken the muscles around the eye that keep the lid open.

What are the symptoms of a drooping eyelid?
Symptoms of a drooping eyelid include blurred vision, loss of vision, and ptosis.

How does the doctor treat a drooping eyelid?
The treatment for a drooping eyelid depends on the underlying cause. Treatment for a drooping eyelid may include artificial tears and surgery.

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Last Updated: Sep 21, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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