Oculoplasty, or oculoplastic surgery, is a term used to describe a variety of procedures which involve the eyelids, eyebrows, orbit, tear ducts, and face. The term reconstructive ocular surgery refers to procedures such as cosmetic eyelid surgery, facial plastic surgery and other cosmetic surgeries. Oculoplasty may be considered medically necessary or aesthetically pleasing, and sometimes both.
Oculoplasty is commonly used to treat a number of conditions, such as:
- Ptosis – Drooping lids.
- Injuries – Can repair and reconstruct damaged eye sockets.
- Ectropion – Lids bent outward from the eye
- Entropion – Eyelids bent inward to the eye.
- Blocked tear ducts – Common in infants, but it can also occur in adults due to infection, trauma or tumour.
- Thyroid disease – May include Grave’s disease.The eyes have a curved appearance caused by inflammation of the tissues.
- Cancer and Other Growths – Including tumors or lesions on or around the eye.