Drooping Eyes? Ptosis? Is There Hope? (photo)

I have noticed that my eyes have begun to droop at around age 19. My eyes used to be almond shaped. Today they're round, asymmetrical, and has not only affected my vision but my confidence. The vision in one of my eyes is much worse then the other. I think that I have ptosis in my upper lids and possibly lower lids. I noticed that it looks like there is increased fat in my lower lids and hallows under my eyes. Is it possible to correct the asymmetry in my eyes?

Doctor Answers 6

Drooping eyes

Hello, and sorry to hear about the issue you are experiencing with the drooping of your eyelids. I would recommend an in-person consultation with a board certified oculoplastic surgeon. He/she will be able to assess your issue in person and help determine the best treatment option for you. I hope this helps, and I wish you the best of luck.

Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Ptosis surgery

From your photos I'd say it's possible you have ptosis.  You also have a normal amount of fat volume loss in the periorbital area.  In any case, you need a detailed examination with an ophthalmologist first.  Then, if indicated, have your ptosis surgery performed by someone who is experienced in this type of surgery and not all eyelid surgeons are created equal.


Hopefully that helps a little, but truly, you need an examination first given the symptoms you describe in addition to the ptosis present.


Dr. Lay

Chase Lay, MD
Bay Area Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Drooping eyelids and asymmetry

The changes you are seeing in your eyes should be assessed by an oculoplastic specialist.  Both upper and lower eyelids in both eyes seem to show changes.  It is important that you have a thorough examination in person to better understand what is causing this problem.  Your reported change in vision and these atypical changes in your eyelids  may reflect a medical condition that needs attention.  

Jessica Kulak, MD
Fairfax Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 27 reviews

Complex anatomic asymmetry

From the photos posted, you have bilateral, asymmetrical upper eyelid ptosis, which is likely the reason for the asymmetric eyebrows.
Furthermore you have lower lid retraction right worse than left.

A detailed examination by an Oculoplastics surgeon is needed to make a proper recommendation. You can find one close to you on asoprs dot org.

A.J. Amadi, MD
Seattle Oculoplastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 37 reviews

Drooping Eyes? Ptosis? Is There Hope? (photo)

From your photos, it may not be a simple diagnosis.  Your two eyes do not match at all, both the upper and lower eyelids.  You need to be seen by an Oculoplastic surgeon and worked up.  Often Graves' disease (thyroid disease) can cause this.  There are other possibilities as well and you need a full medical (not cosmetic)examination. 

Sam Goldberger, MD
Beverly Hills Oculoplastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 16 reviews

Lower Eyelid Droop

    From your photos, you do not appear to have ptosis, an upper eyelid problem.  Is vision worse in your right eye?  Do you have a feeling of dry eye?  If the answers are yes and yes, a lateral canthopexy or canthoplasty (surgery to resuspend the lower eyelid) would correct the droopy look of the lower eyelid and help the dry eye and exposure problem.

Kenneth B. Hughes, MD
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 492 reviews

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