Ptosis or correction of a drooping eyelid

Normally the eyelid moves up and down because of the contraction of a muscle in the eyelid (the levator muscle). This muscle is attached just above the eyelashes to the tarsus, a sort of cartilage plate. In some cases the muscle can become detached, for example, due to ageing or after several previous eye operations. The eyelid then droops. This can be resolved with an operation, which involves re-attaching the muscle.

Sometimes the muscle itself stops functioning properly, for example, as a result of a muscle disease or paralysis. This will also cause the eyelid to droop. An operation cannot resolve this problem. In the case of paralysis, there may be spontaneous recovery.

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Preparing for an operation

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