Oculoplastics

Eyes are very delicate and when they are damaged or need correction, it is important to find the right eye doctor to make sure you are getting the proper eye care. Granite Pointe Eye Care provides optometry services to the Roseville area and one of those services includes Oculoplasty.

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What is Oculoplastics?

The complexity of the inner eye often overshadows issues that can arise around the eye. Oculoplastics is a term that covers several different medical surgeries that include body parts around the eye but not inside the eyeball itself. Some examples of this would include the tear ducts, eyelids, cheeks, and eye orbit (eye socket).

Oculoplastic procedures are done by an ophthalmologist who is specially trained in reconstructive surgery. Such surgeries could be done to fix the damage sustained due to a recent injury, fix birth defects, or for various cosmetic reasons. Facial reconstructive surgery, specifically dealing with the parts around the eye, would also be considered Oculoplasty. Oculoplasty can be used to remove tumors or eye cancer. Various thyroid diseases, such as Graves disease, can also be treated with Oculoplasty.

Familiar Examples

One of the more common procedures that falls under this term is a Botox procedure. What this entails is a doctor using a thin needle to inject small amounts of botulinum toxin into the skin or muscles. The toxin relaxes the muscles and blocks chemical signals which tell the muscle to contract. This procedure is often used to minimalize wrinkles but it can also be used to treat lazy eye, muscle contractures, and cervical dystonia.

The other most common Oculoplasty procedure is Blepharoplasty, more commonly known as an eye lift or lid lift. Typically this is done to remove excess skin around the upper and lower parts of the eye. Often, having excess skin in this area can make a person look tired or older. There are however other cases where the excess skin affects a person’s vision and the need for Oculoplasty becomes not only a cosmetic issue but a necessity. Eyelid plastic surgery can be done under local anesthesia and usually doesn’t require being performed at a hospital. The small incisions that are used during the procedure, cause very little scarring and are often unnoticeable as they are hidden within the creases around the eye.

Are you considering Oculoplasty?

Finding the right ophthalmologist is a big first step and often the most important one. If you are in the Roseville area and you’re considering an oculoplastic procedure, then schedule a consultation and discover what Granite Pointe Eye can offer you.

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