Ptosis is the medical term for a droopy eyelid. Anyone can experience a droopy eyelid, and the cause can stem from benign natural issues, responses to trauma, or more rarely, a serious condition. Ptosis affects adults primarily, but people of all ages can experience it. Some babies are born with a droopy eyelid that will rectify itself over time. There are many causes of ptosis, most of them relatively harmless.
Ptosis isn't a disease in and of itself but rather a symptom of another condition. This condition can be benign or severe, so if the problem persists, it is recommended the individual seek a medical opinion. Some of the more innocent causes of ptosis include anxiety and allergies. Rarely, ptosis is symptomatic of an illness like cancer or stroke. Even when ultimately harmless, a droopy eyelid can affect vision and thereby many everyday activities like driving or working.
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