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The eye is an extraordinarily complex and productive structure. From the moment you wake in the morning, it processes millions of pieces of information and delivers them to the brain to interpret into the images you see. The eye is also constantly adapting to changing light intensities and objects at different differences.
Eye Conditions that can be Corrected through Oculoplastic Surgery
As you might expect with such an intricate system, there is much that can go wrong. Oculoplastic surgeons focus on problems that may develop with the eye sockets, eyelids, tear ducts and even surrounding areas of the face. They reconstruct eyelids and repair orbits, correct eyelid-position abnormalities, remove growths and perform delicate surgery on an array of ocular structures. Examples include:
- Eye cancer and problems with the eye socket, such as fractures, lacerations, inflammation or infection
- Eyelid disorders, including blepharospasm, hemifacial spasm, Meige syndrome, aberrant regeneration, dermatochalasis, ectropion, entropion and eyelid retraction
- Graves disease and thyroid eye disease
- Skin cancer on the eyelid or near the eye
- Trichiasis, or abnormally growing eyelashes
- Tear duct blockage that can cause dry eye or, conversely, excessive tearing
Cosmetic Eye Procedures
Oculoplastic surgeons also address cosmetic concerns. Their techniques range from noninvasive options such as dermal fillers and chemical peels to eyelid and brow lift surgery.
In the case of eye or brow ptosis (droopiness), the technique chosen is based upon the location of the sagging skin. For the candidate who is primarily concerned with excess fat and loose skin in the upper or lower eyelids, blepharoplasty makes the most sense. Blepharoplasty, or eyelid lift, eliminates excess skin and fat and tightens the eyelid muscles if necessary.
Brow lift will be the preferred solution when the brow is within the eye socket, has lost its natural shape or if a patient has a pocket of fat or loose skin that involves more than just the upper eyelid.
Brow lift smooths out frown lines, creases and wrinkles on the forehead and around the eyes. During the procedure, an oculoplastic surgeon lifts forehead skin and the brow area to restore a youthful facial appearance.
Brow lift will improve the appearance of sagging skin, crow’s feet, frown lines and deep lines on the forehead, but not completely eliminate them. If “hooding” of the upper eyelids was caused by loose skin in this area, brow lift will also improve the appearance of skin around the eyes.
How to Schedule Cosmetic or Reconstructive Eye Surgery
If you would like to learn more about oculoplastic surgery, we invite you to schedule a personal consultation with an experienced ophthalmologist at our West Palm Beach or Jupiter office by contacting Mittleman Eye today.