BayCare Clinic Eye Specialists performs oculoplastic surgery, treating medical and cosmetic conditions related to eye disease, trauma or aging.
Oculoplastic surgery typically involves areas around the eyes, such as eyelids, forehead, eyebrows and middle of the face. This includes bone around the eye (the orbit) and tear ducts (the lacrimal system).
Who performs oculoplastic surgery?
An oculoplastic surgeon is an ophthalmologist who has been extensively trained in both ophthalmology and plastic surgery, specializing in reconstructive plastic surgery techniques and aesthetics.
What are oculoplastic surgeries?
Procedures typically performed by an oculoplastic surgeon include:
- Eyelid and eyebrow surgery
- Eyelid disorders and skin cancers
- Eye socket injuries and fractures
- Eye socket tumors and diseases
- Tear duct obstruction and repair
- Botox® for uncontrolled twitches, migraine headaches, and other conditions
An oculoplastic surgeon can correct these issues and help restore healthy sight for people of all ages, including children.
How do I decide about having oculoplastic surgery?
People considering oculoplastic surgery begin with a consultation with an oculoplastic surgeon to discuss their issues and goals, and to review their eye and medical histories and test results, if any. Tests may be done depending on the type of surgery being considered. When oculoplastic surgery is chosen, a personalized plan will be created.
What type of anesthesia is used during oculoplastic surgery?
Anesthesia depends on the type of oculoplastic surgery. In most cases, local anesthesia is used to ensure comfort during and after surgery. Some surgeries require general anesthesia.
What are the risks of oculoplastic surgery?
The risks of oculoplastic surgery for the mid- to upper face vary by procedure, but generally are low. Oculoplastic surgery risks may include infections, scarring, loss of vision, bleeding, asymmetry and the possible need for further surgical procedures.
What is the recovery time after oculoplastic surgery?
Recovery times vary by procedure and depend greatly on following post-operative instructions. The average recovery time for most procedures is about 2 weeks. In most cases, people who have oculoplastic surgery are cleared to return to daily activities within 5 to 7 days after surgery.
Will my insurance cover my procedure?
Insurance may cover oculoplastic procedures done for medical reasons. Most insurers require authorization before oculoplastic surgery to confirm medical conditions.
Oculoplastic procedures done for cosmetic purposes are not covered by insurance. Payment is required 1 week in advance of oculoplastic procedures for cosmetic purposes.