Was wondering if anyone could offer any insight into what could be going on with me. I'm 21 in a week and over the summer noticed that I had developed ptosis of the left eyelid. It's not terrible, but it's definitely noticable; its severity also tends to fluctuate, but I haven't been able to nail down exactly what causes it to get better or worse. I first noticed it after I had accidently slept in my contacts. The next morning, I had to literally peel the lenses off my eyes--ouch. My right eye was OK, but my left eye was incredibly light-sensitive and burned pretty intensely all day. It was bright red, and when I looked at in the mirror, I realized that the lid was a bit droopy as well.
Looking back at some pictures of myself, it appears that I've had this for at least the past 3 or 4 years to a certain extent, but it's recently gotten worse. My left eye has also given me pretty consistent trouble. About 6 years ago I had a stye in it, and occasionally It'll gunk up almost like I have pink eye, but the right eye will be fine. It also gets really red every so often; again, the right eye is usually fine. In August I went in for a routine checkup with my eye doctor, and she gave me some drops that she said would address the redness and gunkiness; she wasn't concerned with the ptosis, which makes me think it's possible that it's been there for a while and I simply haven't ever noticed it.
Anyway, the drops haven't done anything at all for any of my symptoms. My left eye still gets very red and once every couple of weeks or so gunks up a bit. I browsed this site and others and really have no clue what the deal it--I've self-diagnosed myself with everything from lacrimal disorders/tumors to myasthenia gravis to simple congenital ptosis. Other "symptoms" include occassional stammering (although I've always tended to jumble my words up a bit when I get talking to fast) and occassional eye pain (although this seems more pyschologial than anything--only happens when I'm think about the eye and what's wrong with it). Any insight would be appreciated. What do you think I have? What kind of doctor should I go see? Is this something that demands immediate attention or can I safely finish out this semester at school and get it looked at when I got home in December? Thanks in advance.