What is Oculoplastics?
Oculoplastics deals with diseases and surgery of the eyelids and orbit, including trauma, tumors, congenital defects (problems existing at time of birth), eyelid malpositions, thyroid eye (Graves’) diseases, optic nerve decompression surgery, reconstructive and cosmetic surgery, and disorders of the lacrimal system (tear producing system). Comprehensive evaluations are provided for patients with orbital, lacrimal, and eyelid disorders. An oculoplastic surgeon is an ophthalmologist who has completed extensive post-residency training in this unique subspecialty.
At a younger age, our eyelid skin is smooth, but as we age, eyelid skin stretches, the muscles weaken, and the fat around the eye bulges. Baggy eyelids can make your overall appearance look tired and older. Ptosis, can also occur, which is an eyebrow condition that causes the eye brow to droop and sag. Sometimes, sagging skin can obstruct peripheral vision.
Blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) can improve the appearance of eyelids and your vision if your visual field has been obstructed by your eyelids. Blepharoplasty is a procedure in which the excess skin, lax upper or lower eyelid muscles, and bulging fat is removed. The goal is to give the eyes a more youthful look and expand the visual field.
What type of surgeries does an oculoplastic surgeon routinely perform?
- Upper and lower eyelid blepharoplasty (“eye lift”)
- Repair of drooping eyelid (ptosis)
- Reconstruction after removal of skin cancers around the eyes (e.g. basal cell, melanoma)
- Brow lifts
- Skin resurfacing of the eyelids and surrounding skin using the carbon dioxide LASER
- Injections with BOTOX for facial wrinkles or blepharospasm
Orbit (bony area surrounding the eye)
- Evaluation and repair of abnormal tear duct system (lacrimal system)
- Surgeries for Grave’s (thyroid) eye disease
- Evaluation and repair of orbital fractures
- Evaluation, management, and removal of orbital tumors
If you are looking to refresh and renew your appearance in the Cincinnati and northern Kentucky area, you can trust the oculoplastic surgeons at Tri-State Centers for Sight.