What is Oculoplastic?
Oculoplastic is a broad term that refers to a variety of procedures involving the eyelids, brows, orbits, tear ducts, and the face. Oculoplastic procedures include both medically necessary and cosmetic procedures.
Oculoplastic encompasses a wide range of procedures, from correcting droopy eyelids to fitting artificial eye prosthesis. Oculoplastic surgeries are performed by specially trained surgeons and are frequently highly customized based on the patient’s condition.
Oculoplastic is frequently referred to as both an art and a science that can aid in the improvement of the function, comfort, and aesthetic appearance of the face.
These conditions are best treated by an Oculoplastic surgeon who is trained in both ophthalmology and plastic surgery. Here are some common conditions treated by the Oculoplastic specialty.
Ptosis is the dropping of the upper eyelid, which can occasionally obstruct vision. Drooping can be mild or severe enough to cover the pupil. This condition can affect both adults and children and is effectively treated with medication, surgery, or a combination of the two.
These are conditions caused by the inversion or eversion of the eyelid margin. Ectropion occurs when the lower eyelid margin turns inward, whereas Entropion occurs when the eyelid margin turns outward. Both of these conditions can result in tearing, discharge, corneal damage, and impaired vision.
Thyroid issues can also have an impact on the eyes. Thyroid eye disease can cause vision problems such as double vision, watering, or redness. It can also cause cosmetic issues like staring, squinting, and eye puffiness. A trained oculoplastic surgeon can effectively treat these issues through medication or surgery.
Eye tumors of various types can develop in the eyelid or in the tissues surrounding the eye. Some of them may cause vision loss.
These eye tumors can be effectively treated to restore the eye’s functional as well as aesthetic appearance. Some of the many eye tumor symptoms include blurred vision, flashes of light, and bulging of one eye.
Under eye hollows, wrinkles around the eyes, baggy eyelids, frown lines, and forehead lines can all be effectively treated with a variety of oculoplastic treatments such as blepharoplasty, botox injections, dermal fillers, or browplasty depending on the condition.
Congenital deformities and traumatic injuries to the eye may necessitate the removal of the eye. In such cases, orbital implant surgery, followed by artificial eye prosthesis fitting, may be recommended.
While the exact treatment for a condition can only be determined by a trained oculoplastic surgeon, the following are some common oculoplastic procedures:
This is a surgical procedure used to treat tired, hooded, baggy, or drooping eyelids. This procedure involves removing excess tissue from the upper or lower eyelids. This benefits both vision and the appearance of the eye. Brow lift is another procedure that is frequently performed in conjunction with blepharoplasty.
Botulinum toxin is injected into the area around the eyes. This is done with very fine needles after anaesthetic cream is applied around the eyes. This procedure can be performed in a single sitting or in several sittings and is frequently performed as an outpatient procedure.
This is an injection used to restore facial volume. It is frequently injected into the depressions beneath the eyes, around the lips, on the forehead, and into thin lips. These injections are mostly painless and performed as an outpatient procedure with very fine needles.
To treat bulgy eyes, orbital decompression surgery involves the removal or thinning of the various orbital walls to allow expansion of the eye socket, allowing the eyeball to settle back and restore the aesthetic and functional ability of the eyes. This is a major procedure that should only be performed by experienced surgeons.
Cosmetic procedures are frequently performed on patients over the age of 18 who are in good medical health.
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