Orbital surgery is the umbrella term for surgical procedures for the eye socket, eyelids and surrounding area. This is a highly specialized field which combines the precision of eye care procedures with the reconstruction aspects of cosmetic surgery. The area of expertise of a surgeon is the eyeball, the bone structure that houses it and the tear duct system that connects the eyes to the nasal cavity. The ocuplastic surgeon is an eye expert who is also well versed in constructive and restorative plastic surgical procedures.
An important aspect of orbital surgery is the removal of eyeball because of cancer or irreparable damage to the socket or the eyeball.
Eye Disorders Treatable By Orbital Surgery
Orbital surgery is often used to treat a wide range of eye disorders that do not respond to traditional therapies. Often the surgery is the last resort when all other avenues of treatment have been explored.
Orbital surgery is used to treat drooping eyelids (Ptosis), skin cancer and cancer of the orbital socket, malpositioned eyelids (both entropion and ectropion), various cysts such as chalazion and eyelash malformations and abnormalities.
Orbital surgery is also the exclusive procedure for removing tumors, repairing fractured eye socket and complete removal of eyeball and eye socket.
The surgical procedures also extend to lacrimal system. The procedures are often used to open blocked tear ducts and abnormal tear drainage issues.
An increasingly popular application of orbital surgery is cosmetic application of the procedures. In particular, the procedures treat eyelid bags, drooping eyelids and wrinkles in the eye area.