Oculoplastics includes a wide variety of surgical procedures which treat the orbit (eye socket), eyelids, tear ducts, and face. This includes the surgical reconstruction of these structures. Patients can expect a comprehensive consultation to ensure they receive both a functional and cosmetic improvement.
The majority of day case eyelid procedures are performed with intravenous sedation and local anaesthetic. Smaller procedures to remove persistent chalazions, styes, abscesses and cysts can be performed in the rooms on the same day with minimal discomfort to the patient.
ESA Oculoplastic Surgeons are Ophthalmologists who have undertaken further specialist training in plastic surgery specifically to treat these areas.
EYELID LUMPS & BUMPS:
These may either be unsightly benign lesions causing cosmetic concerns or more suspicious changes that may require a biopsy. Often, minor operative procedures can be completed on the same day as a consultation.
EYELID SKIN TUMOURS:
The most common skin tumour around the eyes is a Basal Cell Carcinoma. Surgical treatment to excise the tumour requires specialist oculoplastic expertise to reconstruct the eyelid to return its normal appearance and function.
Ectropion (drooping lower eyelid), entropion (turned in eyelid) and ptosis (drooping upper eyelid) can all cause unwanted symptoms varying from visual field obstruction, dry or watering eye to unwanted facial asymmetry and altered appearance.
EXCESSIVE EYELID SKIN & EYELID BAGS:
This is a very common condition that can affect both men and women and is generally due to the ageing process. It can cause heavy eyelids and visual field obstruction, or it may be a cosmetic concern involving either the upper or lower eyelids. Blepharoplasty surgery (performed as a day case procedure) can restore the ageing eyelid in both function and appearance with very satisfying results.
BLOCKED TEAR DUCTS:
A blocked tear duct, sometimes known as nasolacrimal duct obstruction, can cause persistent eye watering or sometimes a chronic eye infection. Endoscopic lacrimal surgery, using miniature cameras, to operate on the tear ducts internally via the nose, now allows your oculoplastic surgeon to perform ‘scarless’ surgery without a skin incision.