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My 7-year-old son has been involuntarily looking up toward his eyebrows. I asked him why and he said his eyelids are tired. It's happening almost constantly now. What is this?

It is difficult to say with certainty what is happening here. However, without question, I'd recommend an evaluation by a pediatric ophthalmologist. This may be a benign process, but the act of looking upwards will also raise the upper eyelids. I am concerned that your son is compensating for the drooping of his upper lids (ptosis) by looking upwards. There are several concerning conditions that can cause ptosis in a 7-year-old, so please bring him in for an evaluation with an Eye M.D. as soon as possible.

Answered by: James H. Heltzer, MDDr. James M. Heltzer

Categories: Children's Eye Health

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