BACK TOTOP Browse A-ZSearchBrowse A-ZABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ0-9 E-mail FormEmail ResultsName:Email address:Recipients Name:Recipients address:Message: Print-FriendlyBookmarksbookmarks-menuPtosis - infants and childrenBlepharoptosis - children; Congenital ptosis; Eyelid drooping - children; Eyelid drooping - amblyopia; Eyelid drooping - astigmatismPtosis (eyelid drooping) in infants and children is when the upper eyelid is lower than it should be. This may occur in one or both eyes. Eyelid drooping that occurs at birth or within the first year is called congenital ptosis. Considerations Ptosis in infants and children is often due to a problem with the muscle that raises the eyelid. A nerve problem in the eyelid can also cause it to droop.Ptosis may also occur due to other conditions. Some of these include:Trauma at birth (such as from the use of forceps) Eye movement disorders Brain and nervous system problems Eyelid tumors or growthsEyelid drooping that occurs later in childhood or adulthood may have other causes.Childhood or adulthoodEyelid drooping is excess sagging of the upper eyelid. The edge of the upper eyelid may be lower than it should be (ptosis) or there may be excess b...ImageRead Article Now Book Mark Article SYMPTOMSChildren with ptosis may tip their head back to see. They may raise their eyebrows to try to move the eyelid up. You may notice:Drooping of one or both eyelids Increased tearing Increased tearingWatery eyes means you have too many tears draining from the eyes. Tears help keep the surface of the eye moist. They wash away particles and foreig...ImageRead Article Now Book Mark Article Blocked vision (from severe eyelid drooping)EXAMS AND TESTSThe health care provider will do a physical exam to determine the cause.Physical examDuring a physical examination, a health care provider studies your body to determine if you do or do not have a physical problem. A physical examinat...Read Article Now Book Mark Article The provider also may do certain tests:Slit-lamp examination Slit-lamp examinationThe slit-lamp examination looks at structures that are at the front of the eye.ImageRead Article Now Book Mark Article Ocular motility (eye movement) test Visual field testingVisual field testingThe visual field refers to the total area in which objects can be seen in the side (peripheral) vision as you focus your eyes on a central point. Thi...ImageRead Article Now Book Mark Article Other tests may be done to check for diseases or illnesses that may be causing ptosis.TREATMENTEyelid lift surgery can repair drooping upper eyelids. If vision is not affected, surgery can wait until age 3 to 4 when the child has grown a little bigger. In severe cases, surgery is needed right away to prevent "lazy eye" (amblyopia)."lazy eye" (amblyopia)Amblyopia is the loss of the ability to see clearly through one eye. It is also called "lazy eye. " It is the most common cause of vision problems i...ImageRead Article Now Book Mark Article The provider will also treat any eye problems from ptosis. Your child may need to:Wear an eye patch to strengthen vision in the weaker eye. Wear special glasses to correct an uneven curve of the cornea that causes blurred vision (astigmatism).AstigmatismAstigmatism is a type of refractive error of the eye. Refractive errors cause blurred vision. They are the most common reason why a person goes to ...ImageRead Article Now Book Mark Article Children with mild ptosis should have regular eye exams to make sure amblyopia does not develop.Surgery often works well to improve the look and function of the eye. Some children need more than one surgery. When to Contact a Medical Professional Contact your provider if:You notice your child has a drooping eyelid One eyelid suddenly droops or closesOpen ReferencesReferencesBass N. Hypotonia and neuromuscular disease in the neonate. In: Martin RJ, Fanaroff AA, Walsh MC, eds. Fanaroff and Martin's Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine. 11th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier; 2020:chap 56.Olitsky SE, Marsh JD. Abnormalities of the lids. In: Kliegman RM, St. Geme JW, Blum NJ, Shah SS, Tasker RC, Wilson KM, eds. Nelson Textbook of Pediatrics. 21st ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier; 2020:chap 642.Pavone P, Cho SY, Praticò AD, Falsaperla R, Ruggieri M, Jin DK. Ptosis in childhood: A clinical sign of several disorders: Case series reports and literature review. Medicine (Baltimore). 2018;97(36):e12124. PMID: 30200099 pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/30200099/.AllVideoImagesTogPtosis - drooping of the eyelid - illustration Drooping of the eyelid is called ptosis. Ptosis may result from damage to the nerve that controls the muscles of the eyelid, problems with the muscle strength (as in myasthenia gravis), or from swelling of the lid.Ptosis - drooping of the eyelidillustrationPtosis - drooping of the eyelid - illustration Drooping of the eyelid is called ptosis. Ptosis may result from damage to the nerve that controls the muscles of the eyelid, problems with the muscle strength (as in myasthenia gravis), or from swelling of the lid.Ptosis - drooping of the eyelidillustrationRelated Information Eyelid drooping(Condition) Review Date: 3/2/2021 Reviewed By: Franklin W. Lusby, MD, Ophthalmologist, Lusby Vision Institute, La Jolla, CA. 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