What is an Oculoplastic Surgeon?
Oculoplastic surgeons are ophthalmologists (eye doctors) who have specialised in eyelid and facial plastic surgery. Oculoplastic surgeons are trained to do many different types of eyelid and facial surgery, ranging from simple eyelid malpositions to more complex reconstruction involving the eyelids and surrounding forehead, temporal and cheek areas. They understand the delicate anatomy and function of the eyelids and their surrounding structures. As well as the eyelids, they specialise in the lacrimal (tear) system, the orbit (bone cavity around the eye), adjacent periocular (around the eyes) and facial structures and the forehead and cheeks.
Oculoplastic surgeons are also known as ophthalmic plastic and reconstructive surgeons and oculo-facial surgeons.
- Oculoplastic surgeons assess the surface health of the eyes and function of the eyelids prior to eyelid plastic surgery
- As dedicated eyelid plastic surgeons, an oculoplastic surgeon routinely does surgeries in these areas, and recognises potential problems
- Oculoplastic surgeons are trained to manage the complications or eyelid and facial plastic surgery which can involve the eye itself
- Oculoplastic surgeons have a professional society which helps them maintain a high standard of care, called the British Oculoplastic Surgey Society.
Why are Oculoplastic Surgeons important around the eyes?
Oculoplastic surgeons are trained ophthalmologists (eye doctors) who understand how eyelid surgery can affect the comfort of the eye and the clarity of vision. They are accustomed to working around the eye and face.
How do I find an Oculoplastic Surgeon?
Consultant Oculoplastic Surgeons who are members of the British Oculoplastic Surgery Society may be found on the website, listed on this website.