Orbital and Oculoplastic Surgery
At our centre we diagnose and treat diseases and disorders of the eyelids, eye sockets, and naso-lacrimal (tear) ducts. A wide range of treatment options are available for patients who wish to restore, and rejuvenate the cosmetic appearance. Patients get access to the latest technology and region’s well known ophthalmic &oculoplasty; surgeons. The multidisciplinary team sets individualized treatment based on patients’ needs, the ultimate goal being improvement of the vision and quality of life.
Orbital and Ocular Services
A variety of disorders can occur in the soft tissues around the orbit, the space between the eye and the bones protecting the eye. These may include eye diseases such as orbital inflammation or proptosis (protrusion of the eye), skin cancer, and trauma-related injury. In these cases, treatment, in the form of orbital and ocular reconstruction, can include minimally invasive endoscopic approaches as well as open surgical techniques.
Our highly skilled surgeons have a breadth of resources at their disposal, and offer a personalized and comprehensive approach to addressing these diagnoses and conditions.
Prosthetic Eye Surgery
A prosthetic eye can help improve the appearance of people who have lost an eye to injury or disease. It’s commonly called a “glass eye” or “fake eye.”
The prosthetic eye includes:
- Oval, whitish outer shell finished to duplicate the white color of the other eye
- Round, central portion painted to look like the iris and pupil of the other eye
- Implanting a prosthetic eye (ocular prosthesis) is almost always recommended after an eye is surgically removed due to damage or disease. This implant supports proper eyelid functioning.
Some of the reasons why an eye may be removed are:
- Infection inside the eye
- Eye tumors
Types of Surgery
There are two surgical methods for removing a damaged eye. The type of surgery you have will affect the selection of a prosthetic eye. The two methods are:
Evisceration. In this method, the jelly-like inside of the eye is suctioned out. This is done through an incision in the front of the eye. But the procedure preserves tissues in the:
- outer eye
- eye socket (orbit)
Enucleation. In this method, the entire eye (the globe-like “eyeball”) is cut away and removed from the eye socket.
Why Is a Prosthetic Eye Used?
A prosthetic eye can improve the appearance of the affected eye socket. For most people it is vastly preferable to wearing an eye patch or bandage.If the entire eye is removed, an ocular implant and prosthesis prevent the tissues in the eye socket from growing to fill the empty space.
A prosthetic eye cannot restore vision. After removal of the natural eye and placement of a prosthetic eye, a person will have no vision in that eye.At one time a “glass eye” was really made of glass. Today, a prosthetic eye is generally made of hard, plastic acrylic. The prosthetic eye is shaped like a shell.
The prosthetic eye fits over an ocular implant. The ocular implant is a separate hard, rounded device that is surgically and permanently embedded deeper in the eye socket.
An ocular implant is often wrapped with living tissue or a synthetic cushioning material before placement.
Our fellowship-trained and highly-experienced oculoplastic surgeons offer patients the opportunity to enhance their appearance, through the latest non-surgical and surgical approaches, including:
- Eyebrow lifts
- Eye-Lid lifts
Our highly experienced team also helps patients achieve the desired look through surgical procedures, such as blepharoplasty (eyelift) which is often considered as a treatment option for patients with sagging /drooping eyelids.