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Bert Bowden, MD
Cosmetic and Reconstructive Eye Surgery

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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.

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