Eyelid ptosis is a condition in which your upper eyelids are too low and do not open fully; this may occur on one or both sides. It may begin in early childhood or more commonly develops in adulthood as the muscles that lift your eyelids become stretched and weakened. It is sometimes associated with allergies, previous eye surgery, contact lens wear, and other factors.
Surgery to correct ptosis is designed to strengthen the weakened muscle that elevates your upper eyelid. In adults the surgery is usually performed under local anesthesia with sedation so that you can open and close your eyelids during the procedure. This allows us to estimate the proper eyelid height. Ptosis surgery in children is usually performed with the child under general anesthesia.