Oculofacial Surgery

oculofacial-surgeryOculofacial surgery (both Cosmetic & Corrective) is a highly specialized field that focuses on the tissues that support and surround the eye. The function of the eyelid is to protect the eye without obstructing vision. When eyelid function is impaired by laxity, lesions, trauma or disease, the eye is in danger of exposure and infection. Our oculofacial surgeons at Colorado Skin & Laser Center are here to help improve the appearance and function of your eyelids, allowing them to look and feel natural again.

Oculofacial surgery

The functions of the eyelids are to protect the eye without obstructing vision. Oculofacial surgery is treatment of any condition that affects the eyelid or soft tissue around the eye. This includes eyelid surgery, tear duct surgery, orbital surgery, and forehead and cheek disorders.

Eyelid disorders can occur in all ages and includes trauma, drooping upper lids, drooping lower lids, eyelids that turn in or turn out, and lesions or skin cancers on the eyelids.The most common conditions are:

  • Ptosis:

  • Droopy upper lids decreases peripheral vision superiorly

  • Ectropion:

  • Loose and sagging lower lids leads to irritation of the eye

  • Entropion:

  • Lower lid turns in and eyelashes rub on eye and cause irritation

  • Dermatochalasis:

  • Extra upper eyelid skin that causes hooding and decreased peripheral vision

  • Blocked tear ducts:

  • Tear ducts can become blocked and cause constant tearing, discharge and infections. Surgery can open up or bypass tear duct to stop tearing

  • Eyelid skin lesions:

  • lesions can be benign or malignant skin cancers. Benign lesions can be removed with minor procedures. Sometimes skin cancers can grow faster and can invade more of the eyelid. Removing bigger lesions require reconstructive surgery to re create a new eyelid that can still protect the eye.

Cosmetic eyelid surgery

Cosmetic procedures including blepharoplasty (plastic surgery for the eyelids) are designed to remove excess eyelid skin. Brow lifts and injectables also fall under oculofacial surgery, which is considered plastic surgery for the eye region.

Will insurance cover the procedure?

If an eyelid disorder causes decreased peripheral vision or causes irritation to the eye, the procedure is covered by insurance. Most surgical procedures done with our doctors are covered by insurance.

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