Your eyes are your most noticeable feature. They are the first place people look to understand you and gauge your feelings. Over time, minor changes can impact the expression you wish to project. Sometimes these changes can even affect how well you see, compromising healthy vision.
Oculoplastics deals with surgery around the eye, treating medical conditions related to eye disease, accident, or aging. An oculoplastic surgeon is an ophthalmologist who specializes in aesthetics and reconstructive plastic surgery techniques.
Eye Surgery for Healthy Vision
Oculoplastics is concerned with the eyelids, the orbit (bone around the eye), and the lacrimal system (tear ducts). Common eye surgeries include:
- Eyelid and eyebrow surgery
- Tear duct obstruction and repair
- Medical Botox for uncontrolled twitches and migraine headaches
- Eyelid disorders and skin cancers
- Eye socket injuries and fractures
- Eye socket tumors and diseases
The structure around your eye is critical for healthy vision. A variety of conditions (e.g. injury, aging, tumors, congenital defects) can impact eye health, causing pain and vision loss. An oculoplastic surgeon can often correct these defects and help restore healthy sight.
Oculoplastic surgeons who are trained in programs approved by the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (ASOPRS) require an additional two years of training following an ophthalmology residency. Fewer than 550 eye surgeons in the United States have completed this advanced study.