Acquired Blepharoptosis

Acquired Blepharoptosis: Definition and Causes

Acquired Blepharoptosis is a condition in which the eyelid muscles are weakened and the lid is drooping. It is also known as acquired ptosis and can occur in one or both eyes. Blepharoptosis can be acquired due to age, injury, or a medical condition. It can result in a person's eyelids appearing to be overhanging the eyes and sometimes partially blocking the vision.

The three common causes of acquired Blepharoptosis include:

  • Age-related: Blepharoptosis can be caused by the age-related weakening of the levator muscle or failure of the levator palpebrae mechanism. This is generally seen in older adults.
  • Injury-related: Damage to the levator muscle can be caused by trauma, for example, a cut or severe eye infection.
  • Medical condition-related: Certain diseases can weaken the levator muscle, including myasthenia gravis, Horner's syndrome, and diabetes.