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Pediatric Ptosis

What is ptosis?

Ptosis describes drooping of one or both eyelids and can be congenital (present at birth) or acquired. If left untreated, ptosis and other eyelid problems can cause:

  • “Lazy eye” (amblyopia): Inability of one eye to see well (in spite of glasses or other means)
  • Eyesight problems such as astigmatism (poor eyesight caused by irregular eye shape)
  • Permanent disfigurement 

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Frequently Asked Questions

What causes ptosis and other eyelid abnormalities in children?

What are the types of ptosis and eyelid abnormalities in children?

What are the symptoms of ptosis in children?

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What are the treatments for ptosis and other eyelid abnormalities in children?

Meet the Providers Who Treat Ptosis

Departments that Treat Ptosis

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Our specialized pediatric ophthalmologists are experts at recognizing and treating complex eye conditions in infants and children.


The pediatric neuro-ophthalmology experts at Children's National Hospital offer advanced diagnosis and care for children with neurological eye and vision disorders.