Low-lying lids impact more than looks


Acquired ptosis is a pretty common condition. Millions of people (often estimated somewhere between 10 and 20 percent of adults) experience the appearance of sagging or drooping lids caused by the muscles in their upper eyelids stretching & weakening. While aging is often a factor in low-lying lids, there might be another cause that contributes to acquired ptosis that you haven't even thought about - one that you do every single day.

People rub and pull at their eyes all the time, often reflexively. We do it when we're tired and heading to bed, or just when we're waking up and trying to get going. Sometimes we have to manipulate our eyelids when applying makeup like eyeliner or eyeshadow. But the repetitive motion of pulling and tugging on the delicate skin around your eyes can endanger those sensitive muscles in the upper eyelid and affect their function.

Some people have an underlying condition that causes them to rub their eyes without realizing it, like seasonal allergies or keratoconus. For others, something that's designed to help support their sight, like medical eye drops or contact lenses, can cause irritation and evoke the need to rub, as well. In situations like this, it's important to reach out to your healthcare provider to address these concerns.

If you think you may have acquired ptosis, schedule an appointment with your healthcare provider to get an official diagnosis and learn more about attending to your low-lying lids.