Health & Fitness

Exercises for Ptosis (Droopy Eyelids)

While “bedroom eyes” might be desirable for movie stars, most of us don’t like it when we start to notice the hallmarks of hooded eyes as we age, but there are exercises for ptosis (droopy eyelids) that may help. Many tall people experience droopy eyelids sooner than most because they are always gazing down. But ptosis can become serious. Ptosis may occur due to trauma, age or various medical conditions and it is always recommended to see a doctor if you think you may have this condition.

Because eyelids can become slack and droop as we age, some suggest that exercising the muscles around your eyelids may help. There is no scientific evidence that point to how well this might work, however, we do know that using any muscle more often can strengthen it and may give a more lifted appearance. According to the National Stroke Association “forcing your eyelids to work out every hour may improve eyelid droop.” 

Here are a few exercises for ptosis you may want to try:

  • Exercise 1: close your eyes, put your index fingers of each hand at the far end of each of the eyebrows and place your thumbs over the top of the cheekbones. Now, open your eyes wide and with the four fingers stretch the skin towards the temples, i.e. backwards. Once in this position, breathe deeply and breathe in air while trying to close your eyes.
  • Exercise 2: close your eyes tightly for about 5 seconds, then open them gradually. Repeat several times to lift the eyelids and reduce crow’s feet.
  • Exercise 3: place the index fingers on each of your eyebrows and make them downward pressure. While doing this pressure, try to raise eyebrows by force and repeat for at least 15 times. You tone up the muscles around the eyes and sagging eyelids.
  • Exercise 4: Sit in a chair with your back and neck upright. Look at the ceiling but only with the eyes, without moving your head. Then, start making circles with both eyes in the direction of the needles of a watch, do it slowly and without overstretching. Finally, repeat the movement making circles in the opposite direction.
  • Exercise 5: place several fingers of your hands on each of the temples and stretch the skin back. When you’re in this position, open and close the eyes quickly 10 or 15 times.

You can find additional eyelid exercises here.

In the end, drooping eyelids are common but eyelid exercises might help. If the problem becomes worse or inhibits your sight, please see your doctor immediately. And don’t forget that a rapid onset of drooping eyelids or eyelid may be a sign of a stroke and 911 should be called immediately. 

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