What Is Oculoplasty?
Oculoplastic surgery (commonly called oculoplasty) refers to the various surgery procedures exclusively performed on the eyes and the structures surrounding them. It can be a cosmetic, corrective, or transformative surgery of the area around the eyes, eyelids, eyebrows, orbit (bones behind the eye), and lacrimal (tear ducts) system.
Oculoplasty is conducted by special surgeons who are trained in both ophthalmology and plastic surgery.
Prasad Netralaya Eye Hospital houses some of the best oculoplastic surgeons in India who combine the precision and fine microsurgery skills of ophthalmology with the aesthetic and reconstructive concepts of plastic surgery to improve functionality, correct abnormalities, or simply enhance the aesthetics of your eyes.
Scope of Oculoplasty
Apart from the cosmetic front, oculoplastic surgeries address a wide range of problems. With treatment options as simple as fillers to complex procedures like an artificial eye prosthesis, oculoplastic surgeons at Prasad Netralaya Eye Hospital are trained to provide the best solutions for your vision needs.
The following are the common conditions that can be treated with eye oculoplasty:
- Drooping of upper eyelids
- Inversion or eversion of eyelid margins
- Trichiasis and distichiasis (abnormally positioned eye-lashes)
- Thyroid eye disease (inflammation, bulging, impaired vision)
- Epiphora (tear drainage problems)
- Congenital deformities (abnormal eyelids gap/position, abnormal size/shape of orbits)
- Traumatic injuries ( loss of eyeball, eyelid injuries, orbital facial fractures, etc.)
- Removal of eyelid tumours or cancers
Symptoms that Require Oculoplasty
Symptoms that require oculoplasty include watery, burning, and bulging eyes. Though only a professional ophthalmologist can determine the underlying cause, here are a few symptoms to watch out for that could require an eye oculoplasty:
- Abnormality in the ocular appendages
- Post-traumatic ecchymosis (bluishness of eye)
- Crows feet, scars, and wrinkles in eye fold
- Painful or painless swelling in eyelids
- Protruded mass or lump from the eyelids
- Double vision, reduced vision, or white reflex
- Excessive fat in eyelids, lax eyelids, or eyelid bags
- Twitching, burning, redness, or bulging of the eyes
- Blocked tear ducts
- Tumour in the eye or the surrounding area
At Prasad Netralaya Eye Hospital, our experienced and best oculoplastic surgeons assess the patient’s condition and analyze the root cause, if any, and suggest the required oculoplasty eye treatment to help retain vision and reinstate their confidence.
Treatment Modules of Oculoplasty
If any discomfort in the eyes lasts for days and gradually increases in severity with time, then it’s time to visit your nearest ophthalmologist for a quick diagnosis before things get worse.
At Prasad Netralaya Eye Hospital, our doctors perform a detailed analysis of your eye health using our state-of-the-art technology and determine the best course of action for your eyes. We help patients evaluate the risks and benefits thoroughly to help them choose the best-suited oculoplasty treatment to rejuvenate their eye health.
The following are the most common oculoplastic surgeries that help patients heal their eyes:
- Ptosis Repair Surgery – There are three main approaches for ptosis repair surgery: external approach, internal approach, and frontalis sling fixation. These surgeries are performed to either tighten or shorten the affected muscles. The doctor’s choice of treatment will depend on the strength of the patient’s levator muscle function.
- Eyelid Laxity Surgery -Ectropion and entropion are two kinds of eyelid laxity. These are the inversion or eversion of eyelid margins due to loss of volume and elasticity.The first line of treatment can be artificial tears to ease the irritation and ointments to lubricate the eye. However, repositioning and tightening surgeries might be necessary to address the problem.
- Lacrimal Surgery – Blocked tear ducts will cause continuous watering of the eyes. Dacryocystorhinostomy (DCR) and dacryocystectomy (DCT) are procedures that treat blocked tear ducts.
- Blepharoplasty –Blepharoplasty or eyelid reconstruction is a procedure involving the rejuvenation of tired, hooded, baggy or drooping eyelids.The excess tissue from the upper or lower eyelids is removed to improve vision and enhance the aesthetic appearance of the eye. A brow lift is also a part of blepharoplasty.
- Botox and Dermal Fillers – These are non-surgical cosmetic services involving fine needle injections to restore the youthfulness of the face and eyes.They’re often injected into the depressions below the eyes and around the forehead to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.
- Orbital Prosthesis – An orbital prosthesis is conducted in case of trauma and tumours or to manage thyroid eye. This procedure involves installing an artificial, custom-made replacement of the eye and eyelids to provide natural comfort.
In addition to the above-mentioned treatments, Prasad Netralaya Eye Hospital also offers browplasty, epicanthoplasty, orbital tumour surgery, pediatric oculoplastic surgery, and cosmetic facelifts.
Oculoplasty significantly reduces or terminates irritation of any eye condition, improves vision, and cosmetically rejuvenates one’s eyes.