As you get older, it's quite common to have excess skin above the upper eyelids that can overhang and block your vision. This is called dermatochalasis. If it affects your vision, surgery may be considered to remove the excess skin ( blepharoplasty ).
However, this operation isnt routinely funded on the NHS so your doctor would need to submit a funding request for this to be considered.
If the edge of your upper lid droops down over your eye, it's called ptosis. This is usually age-related and develops slowly. Surgery may be neededif the edge of the lid droops so muchyour vision is affected.
In rare cases, ptosis isn't related to age and may be caused by serious conditions such as myasthenia gravis or a brain tumour . Inthese cases, it's likely there would be other symptoms too.
See your GP immediately if ptosis comes on rapidly, overdays or weeks, or if it's associated with other symptoms, such asa headache , loss of vision or a change in the size of the pupil (the black dot at the centre of the eye).
Read about some of the main causes of eyelid problems, including cysts, styes, blepharitis, dry eyes, ptosis, ectropion and entropion.
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As you get older, it's quite common to have excess skin above the upper eyelids that can overhang and block your vision. This is called dermatochalasis. If it affects your vision, surgery may be consi
As you get older, one or both lower eyelids can sometimes droop away from the eye and turn outwards. This is known as an ectropion . The drooping eyelid can disrupt the normal production of tears,
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