What Causes Eyelid Hooding?

What Is Eyelid Hooding?Mature Female with Light Gray Eyes Resting Head on Arms

Firstly, it’s important for Thousand Oaks patients who have this issue to understand exactly what it is. Eyelid hooding, or ptosis is when your eye looks droopy due to your upper lid falling down to a lower position. Ptosis, which is also known as blepharoptosis, can affect one eye or both eyes. Depending on the severity of the condition, the eyelid can have an effect on your vision. Sometimes this is a problem that just affects your physical appearance, and other times ptosis can cause more serious issues that may require medical attention. Blepharoplasty is a common surgery that Dr. Costanzo uses for patients who are looking to get rid of their ptosis.

Causes of Eyelid Hooding

There are many reasons that Thousand Oaks patients could end up with ptosis. Here are three of the most common causes of eyelid drooping:

Nerve Issues

One of the causes of ptosis could be from nerve disorders such as brain or cranial injuries. You have nerves that are connected to the muscles of your eyelids and eyes. If there are any injuries, tumors, or other nerve issues in your eyes; it can make your eyes appear hooded.


Aging is a natural cause for eyelid hooding. For Thousand Oak patients, this is typically the most common reason for ptosis. Aging ultimately stretches the skin around your eyes, causing drooping and wrinkles. This ends up making your upper eyelids sag to a lower position, which can cause you to look older in age. To fix this problem, a lot of patients turn to blepharoplasty to maintain a youthful, healthy look.


Another cause of eyelid hooding is any eye injuries. If you have an accident or somehow receive a blow to the face near your eye, you could end up getting ptosis. Having abrupt physical contact near your eye can strike a nerve which can ultimately cause drooping of the eyelids.

Ultimately, if you suffer from ptosis, blepharoplasty is a way to help solve this issue. If you have experienced any of these causes and are considering blepharoplasty in the Thousand Oaks area, please call our office at (805) 373-9919 for more information.