As we get older, the lower eyelids sometimes start to droop away from the eyeball. Drooping is the result of reduced muscle tone in the muscles that control the eyelids.
If your lower eyelids droop outward, away from the eye (ectropion), they may no longer be able to protect your eyes, and your eyes may become dry and irritated. If your eyelids turn inward (entropion), forcing the lashes onto the eye, this also may cause irritation and possible damage.
LASIK surgery is one type of refractive surgery to correct vision. Refractive surgery can often eliminate the need for eyeglasses or contact lenses in people with:
Astigmatism (unevenly curved cornea)
Presbyopia (age-related loss of sharp close-up focusing)
Refractive surgery adjusts the eye's focusing ability by reshaping the cornea. Some people no longer need glasses or contact lenses after refractive surgery. However,...
Also, drooping eyelids can prevent tears from draining normally, so tears may run down your cheeks. Excessive tearing can also be a sign of increased sensitivity to light or wind, an eye infection, or a blocked tear duct.
If your upper eyelids droop low enough (ptosis), or the eyelid skin folds over the edge of the lid, your vision may be impaired.
There is no home treatment for drooping eyelids. But surgery can sometimes help.
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WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
September 09, 2014
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