Are your eyes looking a little tired?
You may have acquired blepharoptosis (or ptosis for short), also known as “droopy” eyelids. This is a common medical condition that:
- Can develop with years of life
- Affects adults of all ages, but occurs more often with increased age
- Usually occurs when the muscles in the eyelid stretch, causing the lid to droop
- May be caused by other issues, such as cataract surgery, contact lens wear, or an underlying medical condition (e.g. thyroid disease, tumor, myasthenia gravis).
Acquired ptosis is treatable but you should know it can also lead to visual impairment. Droopy eyelid(s) may affect eyesight by blocking your upper half of vision, which may interfere with day-to-day functions such as:
- Electronic device usage
- Looking upward (needing to tilt your head back)
Millions of people who have acquired ptosis may not even be aware of it. Millions of people over the age of 40 may have it yet only about 15% have been diagnosed, and even fewer have received any type of treatment such as eyelid surgery.
We are excited to offer UPNEEQ as a treatment option for acquired ptosis. UPNEEQ is a prescription eye drop used to treat this condition in adults. It is also the only FDA-approved prescription eye drop for acquired ptosis that lifts your upper eye lids to open your eyes. Please contact our office for more information and to schedule your routine eye care!