• Are drooping eyelids connected with scleritis?


    Question:

    Are drooping eyelids connected with scleritis (swelling and inflammation of white outer surface of the eye)?


    Answer:

    Though drooping eyelids are not pathologically related to scleritis, there are associations. For instance, "Atypical" Cogans syndrome (a condition that causes corneal swelling and other symptoms) demonstrates hearing symptoms with other ocular symptoms including scleritis or episcleritis, retinitis, optic neuritis, glaucoma, dry eye, ptosis (droopy eyelids), etc.

    Patients with scleritis are often treated with subconjunctival or oral steroids. Steroids may contribute to the development of ptosis. Additionally patients with sclerits may demonstrate eyelid edema secondary to inflammation contributing to the development of ptosis.


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