What is Behind Those Hooded Eyelids?

If you give merit to old adages, you may believe that what is behind our eyes is the soul. From our perspective, the phrase “the eyes are the windows to the soul” more or less referred to the way that a person’s general personality and excitement for life can be seen in their eyes. Where many people may struggle is when the eyes are hooded by heavy upper eyelids.

Eyelid hooding may be a cosmetic problem alone, or it may indicate that the structure of the affected eye has been compromised in some way. Sometimes we refer to hooding as ptosis, and sometimes this condition is observed as merely a side effect of age. Here, we discuss what may cause the eyelid to droop, and what can be done to improve appearance.

Eyelid Hooding May Be Caused By . . .


The natural effects of age may be the most common reason for a drooping eyelid or lids. There are several factors related to the aging of the eyelid, all related to Mother Nature herself. The skin on the eyelids is organically very fragile. Therefore, when we rub our eyes, the stretching that occurs has a lasting effect. With age, eyelid skin becomes even more delicate and vulnerable due to loss of support from strong collagen fibers. Finally, Mother Nature can reach in from the outside, in the form of UV light from sunshine, to degrade the collagen that keeps skin intact at the cellular level.


Ptosis may result from a direct injury to the eye, in which nerves that feed the muscles that open the upper eyelid lose potency. In some cases, it is a cranial or brain injury that lies beneath the position of the eyelid. This is also related to the operating function of the nerves around the eye.

Eyelid hooding can be a frustrating problem that affects more that the appearance of the eye. When ptosis is severe, it is also possible that vision could become impaired. One should not assume that cosmetic blepharoplasty is the most appropriate treatment for hooded eyelids. During consultation for eyelid surgery, Dr. Murrell is careful to observe the involvement of the levator muscle in addition to excess skin and other age-related factors in hooding.

Find your most suitable approach to hooded upper eyelids. Call our Amarillo office at (806) 351-1177.

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This is the latest IOL for Dr. Murrell's cataract practice. The LAL is the first IOL that can be adjusted after the surgery. Dr. Murrell can customize your IOL so that you can have the vision that you desire.

The LAL is a premium IOL which will not be covered under your medical insurance hence will have to pay for this IOL.


What's coming to Dr. Murrell's practice in the next few months.
Embrace with Accutite and Facetite and Morpheus Prime and Morpheus8

Accutite and Facetite: - These are FDA approved cosmetic devices that can melt fat and mildly tighten skin. It requires only a small opening in the skin. The Accutite is for small areas such as the upper and lower eyelids. The Facetite is for the larger areas of the face such as the jowls, neck, and nasolabial folds.

Morpheus Prime and Morpheus 8 - These are FDA approved cosmetic devices that are applied to the skin to tighten the skin and collagen underneath the skin. The Morpheus Prime is for smaller areas smaller areas such as the upper and lower eyelids. the Morpheus8 is for the larger areas of the face. Both Morpheus Prime and Morpheus 8 takes 3 treatments spaced 4 weeks apart from each other.

The Accutite and Morpheus Prime can both be performed to the eyelids to maximize the cosmetic effect. Likewise, the Facetite and Morpheus8 can both be performed to maximize the cosmetic effect.

The Embrace is the device that rungs the Accutite, Facetite, Morpheus8, and Morpheus Prime. These treatments are not covered by insurance. The patient will have to pay for the procedure.

What's New in Dr. Murrell Practice in 2023

Light adjustable IOl (LAL) for Cataract Patients

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