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Oculoplastics Specialist

Pacific Eye

Ophthalmologists & Optometrists located on the Central Coast of California

If you don’t like the looks of your eyelids, suffer from a blocked tear system, or require extensive reconstructive surgery around your eyes following a traumatic injury, you need an oculoplastics surgeon. The doctors at Pacific Eye are also experts in oculoplastics, a highly specialized field of plastic and reconstructive surgery that focuses on your eyelids and structures surrounding your eyes. To learn more about oculoplastics, call one of the Pacific Eye offices in San Luis Obispo, Lompoc, Paso Robles, Pismo Beach, and Santa Maria, California, as well as Optical Concepts in Santa Maria, or book an appointment online today.

Oculoplastics Q & A

What is oculoplastics?

Oculoplastics refers to eye plastic surgery. An oculoplastic surgeon is an ophthalmologist who has undergone additional training in plastic surgery. They specialize in reconstructive and cosmetic procedures involving the orbit, which is the bony cavity around your eyes, as well as the eyelids, eyebrows, forehead, cheeks, and tear system.

What conditions are treated with oculoplastics?

The specialists at Pacific Eye use oculoplastics to treat a wide range of eye conditions. Reconstructive and functional oculoplastics are used to treat:

  • Ptosis
  • Eyelid lesions
  • Bell’s palsy
  • Eyelid reconstruction
  • Orbital surgery
  • Graves’ disease
  • Eye socket reconstruction
  • Orbital trauma and fractures
  • Orbital tumor

In addition to these procedures, the doctors at Pacific Eye perform the following cosmetic oculoplastic surgeries:

  • Eyelid lift
  • Brow lift
  • Forehead lift
  • Double eyelid surgery

Oculoplastic surgeons may also offer non-surgical cosmetic procedures that target the eye region such as collagen fillers, fat grafting, and eyelash growth stimulation.

What are the most common eyelid procedures?

The oculoplastic surgeons at Pacific Eye often perform eyelid procedures such as blepharoplasty, ptosis repair, and removal of eyelid growths or cancers.

Blepharoplasty is known as an eyelid lift because it’s done to remove excess skin and fat in your eyelids. In severe cases, blepharoplasty improves vision that’s blocked by the eyelid.

Ptosis occurs when loose or stretched muscles and tendons let the eyelid droop down over the eye. This condition often obstructs your vision and makes it hard to keep your eyelids open. Oculoplastic surgery consists of reattaching or shortening the muscle or tendon to properly lift the upper eyelid.

When might I need tear duct surgery?

The lacrimal gland above your eyes produces tears, which flow over the surface of your eye, providing lubrication and protection. As tears are continuously produced, those that have already nurtured your eyes are eliminated through tiny drains in the corners of your upper and lower eyelids.

These drains carry your tears through small canals in the lids, then down a duct before finally emptying into your nose. When the lacrimal drainage system is blocked, you may need oculoplastic surgery to remove the blockage and repair the drainage system. In some cases, a stent is inserted to bypass the tear duct while ensuring drainage.

When your tear ducts are blocked, trapped bacteria can lead to recurring eye infections, inflammation around your eye, and blurry vision.

If you’d like to learn more about oculoplastics, call Pacific Eye or book an appointment online today.