Oculoplastic surgeons are ophthalmologists (eye doctors) who have specialised in eyelid and facial plastic surgery. Oculoplastic surgeons are trained to do many different types of eyelid and facial surgery, ranging from simple eyelid malpositions to more complex reconstruction involving the eyelids and surrounding forehead, temporal and cheek areas. They understand the delicate anatomy and function of the eyelids and their surrounding structures. As well as the eyelids, they specialise in the lacrimal (tear) system, the orbit (bone cavity around the eye), adjacent periocular (around the eyes) and facial structures, and the forehead and cheeks.
Oculoplastic surgeons assess the surface health of the eyes and function of the eyelids prior to eyelid plastic surgery.
As dedicated eyelid plastic surgeon, an oculoplastic surgeon routinely does surgeries in these areas and recognises potential problems.
Oculoplastic surgeons are trained to manage the complications of eyelid and facial plastic surgery which can involve the eye itself.
Oculoplastic surgeons have professional societies which help them maintain a high standard of care.
Oculoplastic surgeons are also known as ophthalmic plastic and reconstructive surgeons and oculo-facial surgeons.
Why seek the skills of an Oculoplastic Surgeon?
The eyelid and other areas around the eye are delicate structures that need special understanding and care. Very often the problem at issue is not just cosmetic but interferes with visual function, comfort and well-being. It therefore makes sense to entrust such work to a specialist who has completed years of additional training in plastic surgery as it relates to the eyes and their surrounding facial structures.