Oculoplastic Surgery

What is Oculoplastic Surgery?

Oculoplastic surgery is a specialized area of ophthalmology focused on the health of the eyelids, orbit (eye socket), and the tear system. This sub-specialty is also known as Oculoplastics or ophthalmic plastic and reconstructive surgery.

Oculoplastic surgeons are dedicated to improving both the functionality and appearance of the eyelids and surrounding tissues.

Oculoplastics is used to treat medical and cosmetic conditions. Functional problems, can range from droopy eyelids, watery eyes secondary to a blocked tear duct, bulging of the eyes due to Graves’ Disease, orbital fractures and eyelid trauma, to tumors of the orbit and eyelid skin. Another aspect of this sub-specialty are cosmetic injectables and surgery, to prolong or restore facial rejuvenations.

Because the decision to have oculoplastic surgery is a personal one, our team takes the time to get to know each patient individually. Our commitment is to provide you with a holistic experience and care for you before, during, and after your procedure.

Conditions Treated with Oculoplastic Surgery

Oculoplastic surgeons provide care for patients of all ages with a variety of conditions, including:

  • Upper lid ptosis: Drooping of the upper eyelid

  • Entropion: Eyelid turns inward, causing the skin and eyelashes to rub against the eye and produce severe discomfort and redness

  • Ectropion: The lower eyelid sags and turns out, resulting in exposure of the eyeball and inside of the eyelid with a very “angry” appearance

  • Eyelid growths: Benign or malignant growths on the eyelid or face, that are very common in NM due to the excessive sun exposure in all ages

  • Brow ptosis: Drooping of the eyebrow

  • Dermatochalasis: Excess eyelid skin and/or extra fat above and below the eyes

  • Obstructed tear ducts: caused by ageing, injury or illness

  • Tumors: Benign or malignant growths of the eyelids, tear system, and/or orbit

  • Injuries: Trauma that affects the eyelid (cuts, lacerations), tear system, and/or orbit (broken bones/fractures)

Oculoplastic Procedures & Treatments

The most common procedures include:

  • Injectables (Botox) and facial fillers

  • Blepharoplasty and eyelid ptosis surgery, known as a lid lift

  • External brow lift surgery

  • Lower eyelid repositioning surgery for entropion and ectropion

  • Reconstructive surgery of the eyelids and midface, after skin cancer surgery or trauma

  • Orbital fracture evaluation and repair

  • Orbital tumor surgery for diagnosis and treatment

  • Cosmetic surgery of the upper and lower eyelids

  • Cosmetic upper and lower lid surgery for rejuvenation

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