Reconstructive Eye Plastic Surgery
Reconstructive surgery primarily involves correction of eyelid, facial and orbital deformities that resulted from a birth defect, injury, or removal of a tumor. It also includes management of tumors around the eye which need specialized care and reconstruction.
The Eye Infirmary provides exceptional Oculoplastic, eyelid and facial reconstructive surgery to patients of all ages and offers the most advanced and innovative techniques of facial and eyelid surgery for such conditions.
Droopy Eyelid (Ptosis)
Droopy eyelid (ptosis) can occur as a result of birth defect, injury, muscle disorder, nerve disorder, or simply due to aging. It gives a sleepy appearance, and can even obstruct vision if severe. Ptosis may also cause excessive forehead wrinkling, abnormal head posture such as chin elevation, and eye fatigue. In children below 8 years of age, severe droop might obstruct development of vision leading to a lazy (amblyopic) eye thus reducing vision. In adults, droopy eyelid is mainly a cosmetic concern. Surgery can correct this problem by repairing the muscle that lifts the eyelid. Several surgical options are available, and the type of surgery used depends upon the severity of the droop. After evaluation, your specialist will decide which surgery best suits your need.
Eyelid malpositions are abnormal positions of the eyelid, leading to inturning or out turning of the eyelid. This can be a birth defect, or secondary to injury or aging. Eyelid malpositions are common, and often lead to watering, light sensitivity, and even a cosmetic blemish. Eyelid malpositions can be corrected with eyelid plastic surgery.
The muscles of facial expression and the eyelid are normally under our voluntary control. Facial spasm is a condition in which these muscles function abnormally and are no longer under the direct control of the brain. It can affect the entire face, or just the area around the eyes. Four distinct forms of facial spasm are known: Benign Essential Blepharospasm, Hemifacial spasm, Meige syndrome, and Myokimia. Though the actual problem within the nerve is not fully understood and cannot be cured, its effect on facial muscles can be controlled by injections of Botulinum toxin, a 10 minute out patient procedure.
Thyroid Eye Disease
Thyroid eye disease (a condition of Graves’ disease or hyperthyroidism) causes the eyes to bulge forward and the eye aperture to widen. It can lead to double vision, swelling around the eyes, discomfort, and in severe cases loss of vision. The initial (active) phase of thyroid eye disease involves frequent swelling of tissues around the eyes, double vision, and even reduction in vision in severe cases. Active phase is treated with medications (commonly Steroids) to reduce the swelling. Fortunately, the active phase of most thyroid eye disease patients ends in 18-24 months. However, the deformities (raised eyelid, prominent eyeball, or squint) may persist, and require surgery in the second (inactive) phase.
Decompression surgery, eyelid surgery, and eye muscle (squint) surgery is performed during the inactive phase. Your specialist will evaluate you t ofind out which phase you are in, and plan your treatment accordingly. Health insurance will cover the costs of medical treatment and reconstructive surgery for thyroid eye disease.
Dacryology: Treatment for the Watering Eye
Dacryology deals exclusively with watering of the eyes and disorders of the tear drainage. Any disorders affecting this system can lead to impaired tear flow with resultant watering, infections (Dacryocystitis) and sometimes even orbital infections. At THE EYE INFIRMARY, the tear duct is evaluated thoroughly not only from the eye side, but also through the nose.
DCR or dacryocystorhinostomy is a surgical procedure that creates an alternate new pathway for irreversible tear duct obstruction, thereby relieving watering. It can be performed via skin approach, or through the nose using special endoscopes.
Cosmetic Surgery of Eyelids
‘Facial Aesthetics’ involves surgical as well as non-surgical cosmetic treatments for facial Rejuvenation. It offers procedures that make you look younger or rejuvenated to reflect the internal you!
Today, facial plastic surgery is not just for the elite, but has an increasing demand all over the world. When it comes to choosing a plastic surgeon for your “face”, it is critical to choose a specialist in eyelid surgery and facial surgery.
You are lucky, to live in an era where advances and innovations in facial plastic surgery and rejuvenation are at its peak. However, choosing the right clinician to deliver that for you is most critical! A combination of facial cosmetic surgeon and back-up of the prestigious” The Eye Infirmary” and the accumulated experience in this field allows us to promise you the most aesthetic and natural looking results.
Primary training in Ophthalmology brings in all the concepts of micro-incisions, fine suturing and working under microscopes. This comes as an advantage in cosmetic surgery. Moreover since majority of aging changes occur around the eyes, an ophthalmic plastic surgeon can better address these issues through hidden incisions behind the eyelid.