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Upper Eyelid Ptosis
Upper eyelid ptosis is a condition that is associated with droopiness of
the upper eyelids. This is actually a droopiness that can occur as a result
of the weight of the tissues pressing on the eyelid or it is due to a
malfunction in the muscles that elevate the eyelid. There are two muscles
that elevate the eyelid, one called the levator muscle, and the other is
called Mueller's muscle.
Sometimes following an injury or chronic swelling of the eye, the eyelid
may become ptotic. This is usually due to
stretching of the muscle in the upper eyelid. Other injuries can cause
damage to the back muscle, the Mueller's muscle, and this also can result
in ptosis. One of the most common things that causes
this is Horner's syndrome. Horner's syndrome is a condition that is
associated not only with ptosis, but with dilation of the pupil and
inability to sweat on the affected site. It is due to a sympathetic nerve
problem and affects the height of the eyelid in this way.
Ptosis may be corrected by one of several methods,
this may include tightening of the levator muscle to return the eyelid to
the proper position or tightening of the Mueller's muscle to return the
eyelid to the proper position. These are very straightforward procedures,
and they have been performed many times by Dr. Bowden.