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koolkurl 09-13-2013 06:53 PM

Drooping lower eyelids...
 
I am about to turn 50 and my lower eyelids are starting to droop and everything is irritating my eyes now. Is this a normal part of aging or a medical condition? I am wondering what to do about it. Does anyone else have the same issue or have any suggestions?

rbb 09-14-2013 06:51 AM

you mean the skin UNDER your eyes?

if your eyes are dry and the skin around them is drooping, then you need more moisture. drinking more water and taking omega 3s can help with the dry eyes. a good eye cream should help with the skin.

also, it's possible something is irritating your eyes -- makeup, whatever you cremes you use around your eyes, removing your eye makeup.... you might need to eliminate/change something in your routine. ie, i can't use powder eyeshadows, it irritates my eyelids. and, i seemed to have had a reaction to a new eye makeup remover recently, had to change what i was using. the eye area is very sensitive.

koolkurl 09-14-2013 08:03 AM

Thanks for responding rbb. I mean the lower lid. In the past, I could use eyeliner on the lower lid and even inside it (the water line) but when I do now it irritates my eyes and draws attention to the lid drooping.

I do have dry eyes and have seen doctors for years about it but nothing has helped much. I do drink lots of water and have fish oil supplements. My thought was maybe the drooping is making my dry eyes worse and harder to treat.

I too cannot use powder eye shadows, only cream.However, I think finding a mascara and eyeliner that do not irritate my eyes is probably not possible. Even tinted moisturizers irritate my eyes even if I apply it far away from them.

curlyprincess1 09-22-2013 10:29 AM

My mom had this and it was actually an infection. She's had dry eyes for years and used Visine, but it was actually doing more harm than good. Also, what you are describing is ptosis. Have it check out! g/l

curlypearl 09-23-2013 07:46 PM

I agree with Curlyprincess1. Have it checked out!

Also, I have dry eyes and I was helped a lot by Restasis. You need a prescription for it. Good luck and please post back - let us know how you are doing.

koolkurl 09-23-2013 08:06 PM

Thanks Curlyprincess and Curlypearl for your feedback. From the responses from everyone so far, this does not sound like normal aging for an almost 50 year old. Do you think the drooping lower lid can be improved?
I have been seeing an opthamologist for years and he has never noticed my dropping lower eyelids or helped me much with my dry eyes. Restasis has not done much for me and I have been using Systane in its place for a while. Do you think an optomotrist dry eye specialist could help or do I need to see an MD?

curlypearl 09-23-2013 08:52 PM

I agree with Curlyprincess1. Have it checked out!

Also, I have dry eyes and I was helped a lot by Restasis. You need a prescription for it. Good luck and please post back - let us know how you are doing.

curlypearl 09-23-2013 08:55 PM

sorry double post, but I recommend an ophthalmologist (eye specialist MD) if you can manage it. I also use Systane - it's a good product.

Do you live near a good teaching hospital or do you have a doctor that you trust who can recommend a good eye doctor for you?


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