Table of contents
- What is oculoplastics?
- What are the most common oculoplastic procedures?
- When should I seek treatment for my eyelid problem?
- What does oculoplastic surgery involve?
- How long does oculoplastic treatment take?
- What are the results of oculoplastic treatment?
- What are the risks and complications of oculoplastics treatment?
- Pre-operative assessment
What is oculoplastics?
Oculoplastics, also known as Oculoplastic surgery is a term used to describe various surgical procedures on the eye and surrounding structures. These can include the eyelids, tear ducts, eye socket and parts of the face. These procedures can take place for a number of reasons including lower eyelid blepharoplasty, eyelid repair and reconstruction.
What are the most common oculoplastic procedures?
As mentioned above, there are various different oculoplastic procedures. The most common are:
- Entropion repair: This corrects eyelids that fold inwards
- Ectropion repair: This corrects eyelids that turn outwards
- Ptosis repair: This corrects drooping of the upper or lower eyelid
- External dacryocystorhinostomy (DCR): This restores the flow of tears
- Removal of suspicious lumps (precancerous or cancerous lesions).
When should I seek treatment for my eyelid problem?
If you have any concerns about your eyelids or vision, visit an optometrist or GP and they can refer into our service for treatment.
What does oculoplastic surgery involve?
The treatment for oculoplastic surgery will depend on the surgery taking place. These can range from injections to orbital reconstruction.
Eyelid surgery: This surgery takes place by making a series of incisions following the natural lines of the eyelid. After the incision is made, the skin is separated from the underlying tissue to remove the excess fat, skin or muscle. Sutures are then placed into the eyelids and the incisions are closed. The lower eyelid may not require sutures depending on the technique used.
Tear duct surgery: A small incision through the nose or through the skin will be made on the inside corner of your eye and your nose. A new tear drain opening is created from the blocked sac directly into the nose. A stent may be left in the new tear drain temporarily to keep the duct open. In some cases, the obstruction remains blocked and a permanent artificial drain is placed behind the corner of the eyelids.
How long does oculoplastic treatment take?
Depending on the treatment required, is how long the treatment takes. Eyelid surgery may take anything from 20 minutes to two hours.
What are the results of oculoplastic treatment?
The aim of oculoplastic surgery is to address any lid abnormality, to improve function, improve tear drainage and / or to relieve any discomfort.
What are the risks and complications of oculoplastic treatment?
Surgical treatment is very safe and risks are very small. You will have the opportunity to discuss any risks with your consultant prior to agreeing any treatment plan.
A pre-operative assessment is our opportunity to ensure that the procedure for which you have been referred is right for you. We’ll explain your treatment to you and makes sure that you are well enough to go ahead with it. It is also your opportunity to meet the team who will care for you and to ask any questions.