What Is Orbit and Oculoplasty
Orbit and Oculoplasty is a branch of Eye Care commonly dealing with problems involving the supporting structures of our eyeballs. These include the Orbit, [which is the bony cavity which houses our eyeball and many other supporting structures like the muscles of the eyeball and important nerves] and the Eyelids and surrounding structures. The integrity and optimal functioning of these structures are extremely vital for the wellbeing of our eyes.
Common problems in oculoplasty are watering of your eyes, swelling over eyelids, change in the shape and position of the eyelids [Ptosis, Ectropion, Entropion], sunken eyes, crows feet, wrinkles, sagging of loose skin over eyelid [Dermatochalasis], Xanthelasma, etc.
You May Need Oculoplastic Correction If You Have Any Of These Symptoms
Abnormal Swellings on and around the eyelids
Squeezing of Eyes
Wrinkles, Scars and Folds around the eyes
Inward or outward turning of eyelid margin
Constant watering of eyes
Benefits Of Oculoplastic Surgery
Oculoplastic Surgery is all meant to have a refreshed and a rejuvenated appearance. The surgery which can be performed both on your upper and lower eyelids, contributes much in terms of appearance.
Apart from cosmetic reasons, you can get an enhanced vision with Oculoplastic Surgery. Your eyebrows can be lifted up if needed to clear your vision.
Another important factor to consider is the aging lines that appear on your face or around the eye. This can be rectified with this surgery. Overall it gives you a refreshed appearance post surgery.
At Sri Eye Care, you will be cared for by our team of experienced specialists who will address all your concerns and offer you the latest available treatment choices for all your Oculoplasty needs.
Common Eye Conditions Needing Oculoplastic Care
This is a condition where your upper eyelid droops over the eye which may gradually limit or completely block normal vision. The treatment option is suggested based on the severity of the Ptosis. If the condition is a result of aging factor or inborn, then most of it would be harmless. In cases where there is any underlying condition that has led to Ptosis, you will have to opt for the surgery.
Ectropion & Entropion
This is the condition where the lower eyelid droops away from the eye and outwards. Even though it's not life threatening, you may feel uncomfortable and it may happen for one eye or even both the eyes. If the condition is mild, you may opt for artificial tears and ointments. But to get a full fledged and permanent solution of this, you will have to opt for the surgery.
Thyroid Eye Disease
It is a condition wherein the eye muscles, eyelids, tear glands and fatty tissues behind the eye become inflamed and cause it to become swollen and may make you uncomfortable. In severe cases, your vision may also be affected. The most preferred treatment option is the surgery that helps your eyelids to bring back to the normal function.
Your eyes are so sensitive that even a direct blow can damage it a lot and this leads to Eye Trauma. Not just confined to the eye, it may also impact your surrounding areas and may also cause severe complications. In minor cases of Trauma, applying cold to the affected area can help However, even in cases where trauma seems minor, every eye injury should be given medical attention prior to dealing with remedies.
This condition is when there is a breakage in any one of the bones that are surrounding your eyeball. Basically the severity of the issue can be found based on the location of the fracture. It may also be termed as: Blowout Fracture, Orbital Rim Fracture and Compound Fractures. In mild cases surgery may not be needed. However, in case if it has affected the movement, function or placement of an eye, then Reconstructive Surgery is the option out.
Blepharospasm is a condition wherein the patient is unable to relax and open the eyelids. It results from many causes and if long standing, requires the use of Botox injections to relieve the symptoms.
Botox and Fillers Treatment
Age related cosmetic eye issues such as wrinkles around eyes, sunken eyes, crows feet, etc can be safely treated with the help of botox and fillers.
Chalazia are formed due to a blockage of the meibomian glands opening in the eyelids. This is usually preceded by a stye [Hordeolum Internum] which is caused usually due to constant had to eye contact [e.g constant eye rubbing]. The Chalazion consists of a pus-like substance which is surrounded by a thick wall. This thick wall prevents any antibiotics from having any effect on its resolution. Hence the treatment of this condition requires a minor surgical procedure [Incision and Curettage] to drain out the pus.
Frequently Asked Questions
What will happen during my Eyelid Surgery?
During the surgery, an incision is created within the natural folds of the upper eyelid. A similar one is made below the lower eyelid. The extra fat deposits and skin are removed during the procedure leading to the tightening of skin.
How long does an Eyelid Operation take?
If both upper and lower eyelids are done together, it may take an utmost 2 hours.
How long will it take my eyes to recover after surgery?
It may take you 1-3 months to recover from the surgery and its effects. And proper consultation is to be taken post surgery until your Ophthalmologist Suggests.
What does Eyelid surgery involve?
Basically it is to remove and extract the excess skin from the lid. During the process, your Surgeon makes a cut in the upper lid and later the same for the lower lid too.
Is Oculoplastic Surgery Safe?
Modern Oculoplasty Surgeries are extremely safe procedures if done under experienced hands.
What should I expect during the post-operative period?
Basically includes pain management and wound care post surgery. It lasts till your hospital stay and later proper consultation is necessary until for the mentioned period of time.