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My 20-year-old granddaughter has a drooping eyelid and the ophthalmologist wants a cosmetic surgeon to fix it because he thinks she'll see better, as the eyelid covers part of her eye. Is this surgery necessary? Her 50-year-old father has lived all his life with the same drooping eyelid and never had a problem. Could it be hereditary?

It appears that your granddaughter has congenital ptosis, as your son does. Yes. This can be hereditary. If the eyelid droop is interfering with your granddaughter's vision or she feels that the droop is a cosmetic distraction, correction of the droopiness by an oculoplastic surgeon (Eye M.D.) may be appropriate and recommended.

Answered by: Rona Silkiss, MD Dr. Rona Silkiss

Categories: Eye Conditions, Eye Surgery

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Answered: Mar 20, 2013

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