Why Is My Eyelid Drooping?

When we hear about eyelid drooping, it usually relates to the changes that occur in the skin as we age. Aging, however, is not the only reason a person may have drooping eyelids. Ptosis is another common reason. This condition is not especially worrisome. However, it is impossible to ignore the cosmetic and functional consequences of a drooping eyelid. Here, we discuss the reasons why ptosis may occur, plus potential ways to correct the problem.

Ptosis may be Congenital

Some people are born with a long or loose levator muscle. It is the laxity or poor positioning of this muscle that causes one or both eyelids to droop. Depending on the severity of congenital ptosis, a doctor may recommend surgical correction. This approach may be necessary to enable the child to develop normal vision. The child needs to see light and color to stimulate all the nerves of the eye and brain. Without treatment, congenital ptosis may lead to astigmatism, crossed eyes, or lazy eye.

Age-Related Ptosis

Ptosis could also relate to the changing skin of the forehead and upper eyelids. While referred to as senile or aponeurotic ptosis, this condition is limited to the eyelids and the excess skin that hangs over the eyelashes. Aponeurotic ptosis is a cosmetic problem that can be corrected with blepharoplasty. Sometimes, the skin is so lax that it hangs into the field of vision. In this case, blepharoplasty may be necessary to resolve this functional issue.


Tumors sometimes develop around the outside of the eye. Whether cancerous or benign, a tumor can affect the muscles that operate the eyelids. The tumor’s location could alter the nerve pathways or arteries that supply the eye, resulting in diminished control over raising and lowering the eyelid. Treatment for the tumor may resolve the functional issue. A surgeon may also need to perform ancillary procedures, such as levator muscle repair, to restore optimal eyelid position.

Drooping eyelids are a common problem that may be influenced by several factors. An oculoplastic surgeon and ophthalmologist, Dr. Murrell has the education and training that is needed to identify the cause of ptosis. A thorough eye examination provides the information needed to develop an appropriate treatment plan.

Drooping eyelids may be correctable. Start your treatment process today by calling (806) 351-1177 to schedule your consultation at our Amarillo office.

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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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