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Oculoplastic treatment

What is oculoplastic treatment?

“Oculoplastic treatment involves plastic and reconstructive surgery of the eyelids.”

It is a specialised area of ophthalmology that focuses on the eyelids and the structures surrounding the eye. It includes treating problems of the lacrimal (tear) system and the orbit(the region surrounding the eyeball).

The goals of oculoplastic surgery are to improve the eyelid’s function, ensure the eyelid protects the eye, and improve the eyelid’s appearance.

Common conditions that can be corrected with Oculoplastic surgery include:

  • Ectropion
  • Entropion
  • Ptosis
  • Blepharoplasty
  • Eyelid defects

Drooping eyelid treatment – Ptosis:

Ptosis is when the eyelid margin (where the eyelashes emerge) sits too low on the eye. This can look unsightly and result in reduced vision. Ptosis most often occurs as a result of aging. It can also occur after eye surgery, from an eye injury or as a complication of other diseases such as diabetes – it can also be congenital.

Ptosis can cause visual field loss, especially in the upper field of vision, as well as fatigue from trying to elevate the drooping lid.

Adults with ptosis often tip their heads back to try to see past their eyelids. Many also raise their eyebrows as a result of trying to raise their lids.


Dermatochalasis is when a fold of skin muscle and/or fat hangs over the eyelid margin. This again looks unsightly and can lead to reduced vision. The treatment of both ptosis and dermatochalasis is generally very successful.

Your medical history

Your ophthalmologist needs to know your medical history to plan the best treatment for you. Tell us about health problems you have. Some may interfere with treatment, surgery, recovery and treatment following recovery.

A decision to have treatment

As you consider treatment, make sure that you understand the risks, benefits and limitations associated with the treatment. If you have any questions, ask your ophthalmologist.

Want more information?

Some information within this website has been supplied by The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Opthamologists (RANZCO). If you would like more information visit www.RANZCO.edu

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What are ectropion and entropion?

Ectropion is the outward turning of the eyelids and entropion is the inward turning of the eyelids. The lower eyelids are more commonly affected than the upper eyelids.

Entropion is often extremely painful and can rapidly lead to permanent visual damage to the eyes. The eyelashes scratch the cornea or front window of the eye. Surgery to treat entropion is generally very successful.

Ectropions look unsightly and can cause watering of the eye, blurred vision and infections. It is a common degenerative condition associated with the aging process, however it can also be caused by a variety of other conditions such as cancer trauma or paralysis.


Cross section showing normal eyelid in comparison to affected eyelids.


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