Blepharoptosis means a droopy upper eyelid. Children can be born with it or it can develop in later life due to the ageing process, injury, severe or continuous swelling of the eyes, manipulation of the eyelids as in contact lens wearers or rubbing, or a disease process affecting the nerves or muscles of the eyelid. The cause can usually be determined at the first consultation.
No matter the cause the droopy eyelid can almost always be improved with surgery. Depending on the severity and cause of the droopy eyelid, surgery may involve repositioning or strengthening of one of the muscles of the eyelid or utilising other muscles to elevate the lid.
In adults this surgery is performed under sedation with sutures being left in position for 10 to 12 days and bruising and swelling typically lasting 10 to 14 days. Some patients may require a second operation to obtain the best possible eyelid position and shape.