Eyelid surgery is a type of oculoplastic surgery, a unique surgical specialty
that focuses on corrective and reconstructive surgery of the eyelids,
tear ducts and orbit of the eye. Key-Whitman oculoplastic specialists
focus on functional disorders of the eyelids, orbits and lacrimal drainage
systems as well as cosmetic enhancement of the eye area.
In many cases, oculoplastic surgery may be medically necessary, while in
other cases, the surgery is considered purely cosmetic. Oculoplastic surgery
may be used to treat these conditions:
Ptosis:Drooping of the upper eyelid.
Entropion: A condition in which the upper or lower eyelid turns inward, causing the
skin and eyelashes to rub against the eye.
Ectropion:A condition in which the lower eyelid sags and turns out, resulting in
exposure of the eyeball.
Eyelid growths: Growths on the eyelid or face that may be benign or malignant.
Blockage of the tear duct:This condition may appear at birth or as a result of injury, disease or
Blepharoplasty:Correction of excess skin on the eyelids and bags or extra fat above and
below the eyes.
Brow ptosis: Drooping eyebrow that may or may not interfere with vision.
Reconstruction: Oculoplastic surgery may also be used as a reconstructive procedure following
injury, burns or birth defects.
Any oculoplastic surgery is a delicate procedure, as it involves tissues
and structures around the eye. While plastic surgeons can perform many
of these procedures, the best choice for patients is to choose a qualified
and experienced oculoplastic surgeon instead.
Oculoplastic surgeons are certified and experienced ophthalmologists who
have also received training in plastic surgery of tissues around the eye
and who understand the balance of performing cosmetic or reconstructive
surgery while maintaining the function of the eyes.
The oculoplastic surgeons at Key-Whitman Eye Center are board certified
and perform a wide range of procedures utilizing the latest technologies.
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