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Oculoplastic Surgery

Oculoplastic Surgery


Oculoplastic surgery includes a wide variety of surgical procedures that deal with the orbit (eye socket), eyelids, tear ducts, and the face. It also deals with the reconstruction of the eye and associated structures. 


Oculoplastic surgeons perform procedures such as the repair of droopy eyelids (blepharoplasty), repair of tear duct obstructions, orbital fracture repairs, removal of tumors in and around the eyes, eyelid reconstruction and facial rejuvenation procedures including laser skin resurfacing, eye lifts, brow lifts, and facelifts.


 Eyelid surgery

  • Blepharoplasty (eyelift) is plastic surgery of the eyelids to remove excessive skin or subcutaneous fat.  
  • Ptosis repair for droopy eyelid.
  • Ectropion repair
  • Entropion repair
  • Canthal resection
  • A canthectomy is the surgical removal of tissue at the junction of the upper and lower eyelids.  
  • Cantholysis is the surgical division of the canthus. 
  • Canthopexy
  • A canthoplasty is plastic surgery at the canthus.
  • A canthorrhaphy is suturing of the outer canthus to shorten the palpebral fissure.
  • A canthotomy is the surgical division of the canthus, usually the outer canthus.
  • Epicanthoplasty
  • Tarsorrhaphy is a procedure in which the eyelids are partially sewn together to narrow the opening (i.e. palpebral fissure).
  • Removal of eyelid tumors (such as basal cell carcinoma or squamous cell carcinoma)

Surgery involving the lacrimal apparatus


  • Dacryocystorhinostomy 
  • Canaliculodacryocystostomy is a surgical correction for a congenitally blocked tear duct in which the closed segment is excised and the open end is joined to the lacrimal sac.    
  • Canaliculotomy involves slitting of the lacrimal punctum and canaliculus for the relief of epiphora 
  • A dacryoadenectomy is the surgical removal of a lacrimal gland.
  • A dacryocystectomy is the surgical removal of a part of the lacrimal sac.
  • A dacryocystorhinostomy (DCR) or dacryocystorhinotomy is a procedure to restore the flow of tears into the nose from the lacrimal sac when the nasolacrimal duct does not function.
  • A dacryocystostomy is an incision into the lacrimal sac, usually to promote drainage.
  • A dacryocystotomy is an incision into the lacrimal sac.


Orbital Reconstruction

  • Ocular prosthetics (artificial eyes)
  • Orbital prosthesis (artificial replacement of the eye and eyelids within the discipline of Anaplastology) for an extenterated orbit.
  • Orbital decompression for Grave's Disease