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Ptosis, drooping of the eyelid

Ptosis, drooping of the eyelid

Overview

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.

Review Date 1/10/2017

Updated by: Christopher L. Haupert, MD, Iowa Retina Consultants, West Des Moines, IA. Review proided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, Brenda Conaway, Editorial Director, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.