Overview: Oculoplastic Services
These treatments are often required for medical purposes to improve the function of the eyes and surrounding facial tissues. But there are often times when patients opt for oculoplastic surgery for cosmetic reasons.
At EyesNY, we offer full-service solutions to improve both the function and appearance of your eyes. If you are considering oculoplastic services, we invite you to schedule a consultation to learn more about these services.
Our doctors have the experience and knowledge to provide surgical solutions for people of all ages, including both adults and children.
Services Available for Our Patients
How do you know if you need oculoplastic services? Your eye doctor can assess your eye health and offer a referral to an oculoplastic specialist.
These eye surgeons can help with a variety of conditions, including:
- Eyelid Surgeries: A variety of eyelid conditions can be treated through surgery, including lifting drooping eyelids on both the top and bottom of the eye. A drooping upper eyelid can interfere with the line of vision, while a drooping lower eyelid exposes the bottom area of the eye.
- Graves/Thyroid Disease: Surgical methods are used to decompress the eyes in patients with Graves’ disease and other types of thyroid conditions. One symptom of a thyroid issue is bulging eyes, and your doctor might refer you to oculoplastic services to address the pressure concerns that are causing the eyes to bulge.
- Eyelid Growths: Surgery is sometimes necessary to remove either malignant or benign growths/tumors on the face or eyelid.
- Excess or Drooping Skin: Oculoplastic services are sometimes recommended for people with drooping eyebrows or excess skin or fat above the eyes.
- Tear Duct Obstruction: When there is a blockage in the tear ducts, surgery can be used to open the ducts and improve moisture and drainage. These blockages can be congenital defects or occur because of an illness or injury.
- Accident or Injury: Oculoplastic services are often necessary when the eye and surrounding areas are damaged due to trauma.
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FAQ About Oculoplastic Services
This surgery is done on the areas around the eyes, including the eyelids and eyebrows. It is a type of plastic surgery that helps with both functional and cosmetic concerns.
Oculoplastic surgeons operate on the eyelids, orbit, and tear duct system.
Each patient is unique, which is why it’s best to talk to your surgeon about the expected outcome and the long-term results you can achieve. The good news is that most of these surgical treatments have high success rates.
Optimize the outcome of your treatment by following specific recovery recommendations from your doctor.
General preoperative assessments need to be done before surgery to ensure you are a good candidate for the treatment. For example, you might need to visit with your primary care physician as well as the oculoplastic surgeon.
Additionally, it’s necessary to avoid certain medications before the surgery, including aspirin, warfarin, and other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.
You won’t be able to drive yourself home after the surgery. So, prepare in advance by coordinating someone who can bring you home from the surgery and help you get settled in for your recovery.
Specific post-operative recommendations will vary depending on the type of oculoplastic surgery. However, our medical team will provide detailed information to speed up your recovery and optimize the overall results from these treatments.
During the first few days, you need to rest and apply a cool compress on the eyelids to manage the swelling. It’s best to avoid strenuous activities to reduce the risk of postoperative side effects. Avoid heavy lifting and exercise for at least a week after the surgery.
You can use over-the-counter medications for pain relief, such as acetaminophen. Or, stronger pain medications might be available through a prescription.
Before your surgery, our team can help you verify insurance coverage. It’s essential to know your anticipated out-of-pocket expenses before going in for surgery.
When the surgery is necessary for medical reasons, it’s common for insurance to cover the cost of the treatments. On the other hand, surgery for cosmetic reasons usually isn’t covered by a health insurance plan.