Because of the many various aspects necessary for the proper function of the eye, ophthalmology has been divided into several subspecialties. One of these is oculoplastics.
What is oculoplastics?
Oculoplastics refers to a subspeciality of ophthalmology that focuses on the plastic and reconstructive surgery to the areas around the eyes, such as the eyelids, orbital bone, and tear ducts. Some oculoplastic surgeons may also use injectable toxins and fillers in their treatments such as Botox, Xeomin, Juvederm, and Belotero. Oculoplastic procedures can be performed to address concerns that are medical, aesthetic, or a combination of both.
What does oculoplastic surgery treat?
Oculoplastics are most commonly used to treat ptosis, a condition otherwise known as “droopy eyelids” that becomes increasingly more common as we age and may obstruct vision in some cases. A treatment known as blepharoplasty, which trims away excess sagging skin, often leads to improvements in peripheral vision as well as giving the patient a more “youthful” look. Alternatively, ptosis repair can be used to “lift’ drooping eyelids.
Another common condition addressed by oculoplastics are blocked tear ducts, which can lead to excess tearing. Surgery may be performed to remove the blockage and restore normal tear flow. Surgery may also be performed to address issues such as orbital fractures and eye tumors, which often present as skin cancer on or around the eyelid area.
Acuity Eye Group is proud to offer oculoplastic services at a number of convenient locations in the Los Angeles, Orange County, and San Diego areas. During your consultation, your oculoplastic surgeon and their team will work with you to determine what treatments are right for you.