Oculoplastics

Oculoplastic surgeons are eye doctors with specialized facial and eyelid plastic surgery training. They’re able to perform a range of procedures, including repositioning and reconstructing eyelids.

Additionally, oculoplastic surgeons are highly knowledgeable about the cheeks, tear system, the eye’s orbital system, and the forehead. These specialists undertake comprehensive evaluations of your eye’s health, including the surface of the eye. 

These evaluations involve checking for various potential issues and determining whether you need oculoplastic surgery. Here at The Medical Eye Center, our board-certified oculofacial surgeon is Dr. Dane Slentz, specializing in plastic surgery and reconstructing the structures surrounding the eyes.

What is Oculoplastic Surgery?

Also referred to as ophthalmic plastic surgery, oculoplastic surgery involves reconstructive and plastic surgery of the tear ducts, eyelids, orbit, and the eyelids and brows. It also entails the surgical and medical treatment of different abnormalities in the eyelids, eyes, and face. It addresses other issues, including the tear system. 

Our expert oculoplastic surgeon at The Medical Eye Center comes with unrivaled experience, enabling him to perform oculoplastic surgery for patients with issues like ptosis, orbital conditions, and tumors and cysts on the eyelids.


What Conditions Can Oculoplastics Treat?

Some conditions treated with oculoplastics are complex reconstruction after removing skin malignancies to prevent them from returning. Other conditions that oculoplastics can treat include:

Tear Duct Obstructions

If the tear ducts become obstructed, your tears won’t properly flow and discharge from your eye. Treatment can include massaging the fluid inside the duct that’s trapped or surgery if this doesn’t work.

Dacryocystorhinostomy (DCR)

DCR is a surgical procedure that creates a new tear drain between the nose and eyes. You’ll have this procedure performed if your duct has become blocked or clogged and your tears cannot drain from your eyes.

External DCR

Entropion & Ectropion

Entropion is a condition that results in the turning in of the upper or lower eyelid. When this occurs, it irritates the skin and eyelashes. Ectropion is a condition where the eyelid turns outward. When the eyelid turns out, this exposes the eyelid’s inner surface and often leaves it more prone to irritation. 

Entropion & Ectropion Repair

Orbital Surgery

Having orbital surgery is necessary for patients with eye socket problems like thyroid eye disease. Thyroid eye disease is also known as Graves’ eye disease. 

The condition leads to the abnormal swelling of the tissues behind the eye, which pushes the vision forward. Having orbital surgery may be necessary if tumors have developed in the eye socket, orbital trauma has occurred, the eye needs to be removed, or to manage complications of Graves’ eye disease. 

Thyroid Eye Disease

Thyroid eye disease is an autoimmune condition that occurs when cells in the immune system attack the thyroid gland. The thyroid responds by releasing too much thyroid hormone. 

When there’s an excess of thyroid hormone, it enlarges the thyroid gland, increasing metabolism. Being in a heightened state of metabolism leads to symptoms like fast pulse, palpitations, sweating profusely, fatigue, weight loss, high blood pressure, intolerance to heat, and hair loss.

Graves’ eye disease often leads to autoimmune attacks on the eye muscles and connective tissue located in the eye socket. A patient with thyroid eye disease will experience swelling and inflammation. 

They may also experience puffiness around their eyes, redness, pain, bulging eyes, irritation, and dry eyes because the eyelids can no longer completely shut over the protruding eyes.

Ptosis

Ptosis occurs when the upper eyelid sags or droops over the eye. For many people, this can block vision.

Eye Socket Reconstructive Surgery

Reconstructive surgery makes the artificial eye look as natural as possible after eye socket surgery. 

Punctoplasty

Punctoplasty is a surgical procedure that corrects tear overflow from the eyes by widening the eye’s punctal opening. By widening this opening, tears can drain freely from the eyes again.

Conjunctivodacryocystorhinostomy (CDCR)

A CDCR creates a new passage for tears to drain from the conjunctival impasse in the nasal cavity with bypass tubes.

Lacrimal Stenting

Lacrimal stenting helps with cases of obstruction or laceration in the tear’s drainage system and is often only placed temporarily, usually several months. Some may remain in place long term.

Oculoplastic surgery at The Medical Eye Center covers many areas of ophthalmology such as:

  • Excision of skin growths or malignancies and their repair
  • Ptosis surgery
  • Blepharoplasty and the correction of excess skin and muscles on the eyelids

Why Should You Consider Oculoplastic Surgery?

While some oculoplastic procedures are medical and deal with functional issues with your eye structure, others are for cosmetic purposes. If you want to look younger, rejuvenated, or more youthful, there’s a good chance that you can benefit from cosmetic oculoplastic services.

Usually, a plastic surgeon is the first thing many people think of when they want to combat the signs of aging or improve how they look. But oculoplastic surgeons are often more preferred now and for a good reason. 

These experts specialize in facial and eyelid plastic surgery. Oculoplastic surgeons are extensively trained ophthalmologists. 

This means they have the background to provide a more precise approach and more finesse. Their results are more exact, and they have a greater understanding of both the face and the eyes, which works in your favor if you’re a patient who wants to feel younger and look better.

That’s why they are highly recommended specialists to go to if you’re considering any kind of facial plastic surgery on and around the eye. 

Your surgeon will take your complete eye care into account during the procedure. Dr. Slentz at The Medical Eye Center is a fully qualified, board-certified ophthalmologist and has advanced ophthalmic surgery training. He offers lacrimal stenting, punctoplasty, conjunctivodacryocystorhinostomy (CDCR), and dacryocystorhinostomy (DCR). 

Also, he uses advanced technologies to provide treatments for blocked tear ducts and epiphora. Other areas of specialization include trauma and reconstruction of the lacrimal system and reconstruction after Mohs surgery. Also, Dr. Slentz can remove styes and bumps on the eyelids and bothersome legions or those suspected to be cancerous.

How Do I Know If I Need Oculoplastic Surgery?

If you’re considering an oculoplastic procedure, the first step is to go for a consultation with a surgeon to discuss your issues and goals. The oculoplastic specialist will review your eyes, test results, and medical history.

Tests will be done depending on the kind of surgery you need. After establishing you need an oculoplastic procedure, the surgeon will develop a highly individualized plan tailored to your unique needs. 

Can an Oculoplastic Surgeon Provide Corrections? Can They Fix Results from A Previous Procedure? 

With their precision, skill, and attention to detail, oculoplastic surgeons can correct unsuccessful results from previous cosmetic surgeries.

Corrective surgery is quite delicate and requires a thorough and specialized knowledge of the eye and how it has been affected by a prior procedure, which is crucial. The main concern of a top-rated oculoplastic surgeon is your health and safety. 

Although these specialists understand that a cosmetic surgery patient’s primary goal is to look and feel great, their focus on blepharoplasty is eyelid function. This involves ensuring the patient can close their eyes properly after they’ve recovered from surgery. 

With that being said, if there’s a need for any tweaks or corrections, such as dealing with old injuries or removing warts, they will do it during surgery. Performing these corrections during an already scheduled procedure ensures that patients do not have more surgical procedures than necessary.

Oculoplastic Experts

Dr. Dane Slentz at The Medical Eye Center is among the finest board-certified oculoplastic specialists in New England. Whether you’re looking to enhance your appearance or need a medically necessary procedure, he’s dedicated to providing patients with superior quality care, treatment, and exceptional outcomes. Schedule your consultation at The Medical Eye Center today!

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