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Why an Oculoplastic Surgeon?


The oculoplastic surgeon is a true specialist in diagnosing and treating benign and malignant tumors of the eyelids; tumors which arise behind the eye; eyelids that turn in (entropion) or out (ectropion); droopy lids (ptosis); baggy lids (blepharochalasis); lashes that irritate the eye (trichiasis); patients who tear too much, or too little (dry eyes); fractures of the boney orbit from trauma; and patients who have thyroid eye conditions. The oculoplastic surgeon better understands the anatomy and physiology of the eye, as well as the relationship of the eyelids to the eyeballs, than other specialists. The oculoplastic surgeon is an ophthalmologist and an eye plastic surgeon, therefore potential complications of eyelid and orbital surgery which can impair the eye and its visual function can be treated promptly and correctly.

The oculoplastic surgeon best understands that there are systemic conditions that can cause eyelid and orbital problems, such as myasthenia gravis, a neuromuscular disease causing a droopy lid (ptosis), thyroid disease which causes bulging eyes, and lymphomas which can appear as a mass around the eyes and boney orbit. Other surgical subspecialists do not have the same knowledge of medical ophthalmology, which could lead to unnecessary surgery.