Characterized by a drooping upper eyelid, Ptosis is not a disorder in itself but a symptom of some other condition that affects the muscles, nerves or skin of the eyelids. As such, treatment will depend on the underlying condition, be it medication or surgery to tighten the muscles.



The most obvious sign of ptosis in children is the drooping lid itself. Children with ptosis often tip their heads back into a chin-up position to see underneath their eyelids, or they may raise their eyebrows in an attempt to lift up the lids. Over many years, abnormal head positions may cause deformities in the head and neck.

  • Drooping of both or one eyelid
  • Increased tearing (watery eye/s)
  • If ptosis is severe, interference with vision.


In most cases, the treatment for childhood ptosis is surgery, although there are a few rare disorders which can be corrected with medications. The eye doctor (opthamologist) will assess your child and determine whether or not an operation (surgery) is needed, based on:

  • Your child's age
  • Whether one or both eyelids are involved
  • Measurement of the eyelid height
  • The eyelid's lifting and closing muscle strength
  • Observation of the eye's movements.