29.03.2012

Droopy eyes "a sign of health problems"

Droopy eyes "a sign of health problems"

By Alexa Kaczka

People with droopy eyes may have underlying problems that require treatment, and so the condition should not be overlooked, one expert has advised.

Robert Scott, consultant ophthalmologist at the NHS Birmingham and Midland Eye Centre and the BMI Priory Hospital, Birmingham, told the Daily Mail that a potential cause of a droopy eye is a large, internal cyst known as a chalazion.

It is caused by a blockage of one of the oil glands in the eye and, although not very painful, often needs to be removed surgically.

Alternatively, a droopy eye could be a sign of a muscular problem or nerve damage somewhere else in the body, the expert noted, while diabetes can also damage the fine blood vessels that support the nerves at the back of the eye.

"However, if it comes on suddenly, it could be a caused by a small aneurysm [bulge in a blood vessel] in the brain, a brain tumour or a tumour on the top of the lung, so seek medical attention immediately," Mr Scott recommended.

by Adrian Galbreth


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