What is Orbit Oculoplasty?

Orbit refers to the eye-socket (the cavity in the skull that holds the eye) and the surrounding structures. Diseases of the Orbit may arise from within the eye-socket or might be a secondary condition arising out of an existing illness. While some of these issues could be cosmetic, quite a few of orbital problems might affect the regular functioning of the eyes. There’s sure relief for these conditions and oculoplasty is a cosmetic/reconstructive surgical procedure that comes to the rescue of patients with eye orbit problems.

It’s quite natural to admire those almond-shaped eyes of your child for hours. However, not all people in the world are lucky to have those perfectly shaped eyes. Some of us may have problems like drooping eyelids, protruding eyes, inturned eyelashes, etc. Earlier, people would have to live with these malformations. However today, there are state-of-the-art treatment options that can rectify the issues. It is extremely important to identify the underlying cause for, all you know there could be a tumor down below that’s pushing out the eyes.

Orbit & Occuloplasty Issues

Complications of the eye orbit could vary anywhere from a simple twitching to the development of infectious cellulitis and orbital tumors. Some of the common symptoms associated with issues related to the orbit of the eye include swelled-up eyes/eyelids, painful eye movement, reddish/purple eyelids, formation of eye bags under the eyes and pain near the eyebrows. The moment you notice one or more of these symptoms, rush to your doctor’s office without delay.

Reconstruction

Oculoplasty gives a ray of hope for patients that have orbital deformities. Most of these would require surgical corrections and ocularists generally perform these surgeries along with neurologists and plastic surgeons. There may also be situations when the eye will have to be completely removed, like for instance, at an advanced stage of cancer or an accident. An empty eye socket could be quite traumatizing for the patient. In such scenarios, an artificial eye (ocular prosthesis) can be implanted to improve the patient’s psychological condition.