Droopy eyelids, known as “ptosis,” are often attributed to a condition called “levator dehiscence,” where the levator muscles responsible for lifting the eyelids weaken, hindering clear eye opening. While commonly associated with aging, ptosis can also occur in younger individuals, with one contributing factor being long-term contact lens wear.
The repetitive physical force exerted on the eyelids during the insertion and removal of contact lenses can lead to weakening of the levator muscles. Additionally, congenital factors such as naturally weak levator muscles or excessively thick eyelids can also contribute to the condition.
Neglecting ptosis can result in visual impairment, as individuals may strain to open their eyes, causing fatigue. Compensating by raising the eyebrows or forehead muscles to open the eyes can lead to forehead wrinkles, muscle tension, and even headaches. Furthermore, the tired or drowsy appearance caused by droopy eyelids can induce stress, impacting one’s self-image.
Fortunately, there are surgical options available to improve ptosis. Procedures such as levator resection or frontalis sling techniques aim to tighten and strengthen the weakened levator muscles. Additionally, removing excess fat from the eyelids can reduce their bulkiness, contributing to a more defined eye appearance. Post-surgery, individuals may experience temporary difficulty closing their eyes, and it is advisable to use artificial tears or ointments to protect the cornea during this period.