Ptosis describes drooping of one or both eyelids and can be congenital (present at birth) or acquired. If left untreated, ptosis and other eyelid problems can cause:
Some known causes of eyelid problems include:
Common eyelid abnormalities in babies and children include the following:
Problems with your child’s eyelids are usually easy to see. Some common symptoms include:
If your child’s pediatrician suspects ptosis or other eyelid abnormalities, he or she may refer you to an ophthalmologist for further diagnosis and management
Many eyelid problems, such as styes or chalazia, can be treated at home. Some of the things you can do include:
If your child’s ptosis or other eyelid problems is more serious, your pediatrician may recommend further treatment. At Children’s National, our goal is to restore normal eyelid function so that your child can see normally. We offer the following treatment options:
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