Oculoplastic Eyelid Surgery

Oculoplastics also known as oculoplastic surgery, this procedure is an umbrella of a number of surgical eye procedures and the surrounding structures such as the eye socket, eyelids, tear ducts and certain parts of the face.

Ophthalmic plastic and reconstructive surgery is an area of ophthalmology which deals with the management and reconstructive of deformities or abnormalities of the eyelid, lacrimal or tear system, orbit or eye socket, and the adjacent face.

When is an oculoplastic eyelid surgery needed?

Oculoplastic surgical procedures are done for different reasons or conditions such as upper or lower eyelid blepharoplasty, eye bag removal and eyebrow lifts. They are also done for cosmetic reasons such as eyelid repair for entropion and ectropion. Ptosis is done for functional reasons.

Oculoplastic surgery is done to treat the following conditions:

  • Ptosis. This is a condition where your upper eyelid is dropping
  • Blepharoplasty or eyelid lifting for ‘hanging eyelids’
  • Entropion. This is a condition where your upper or lower eyelid turns inward which results in your eyelashes and skin to rub against the inside of the eye
  • Eyelid growths or tumours
  • Eye injuries
  • This is a condition where your lower eyelid sags and turns out which then results in exposure of your eyeball.
What does surgery involve?

During oculoplastic eyelid surgery, Dr Davey will remove excess skin and muscle from your eyelids to offer you a more youthful appearance whilst also improving your vision quality. Dr Davey may also return your eyelid’s edge to its normal and healthy state above the pupil. The below surgery will be performed depending on your condition:

  • Eyelid oculoplastics surgery or Blepharoplasty. This procedure is performed to improve the appearance of the eyes and eyelids when there are excessive wrinkles or 'hanging' eyelids. Dr Davey will remove precisely measured skin in this area to restore your youthful eyelid contours
  • Entropion repair. This is a procedure where the ophthalmologist will correct your eyelids which has folded inwards
  • Ptosis repair. This is when Dr Davey corrects the drooping lower or upper eyelid
  • This procedure is done so that Dr Davey corrects your eyelids when they have turned outwards

When should I see an ophthalmologist?

People that have a family history of eye disease, a history of eye injuries, diabetes or those
over the age of 65 should see their ophthalmologist regularly. In addition, the following
symptoms should be checked out by an eye specialist:

  • Changes in vision
  • Flashes of light
  • Floaters or specks in your vision
  • Lines that appear distorted
  • Darks spots in your vision
  • Decreased or blurry vision (even if temporary)
  • Double vision
  • Dry and itchy eyes

  • Eye pain
  • Eye or surroundings of the eye is red
  • Eye discharge or tearing
  • Bulging of one or both eyes