What is Ocular Facial Plastic Surgery?
The Ocular Facial Plastic specialty involves the cosmetic, corrective, and reconstructive surgery of the eyelid and face. The field is primarily related to the tissues and structures surrounding the eye – the eyelids, the tear ducts, and the orbit.
Why Chicago Eye Consultants?
Chicago Eye Consultants is home to some of the best board-certified ophthalmologists in Chicagoland, each focused on making you as comfortable as possible while providing hands-on care.
We understand that choosing a surgeon and practice can be difficult. Rest assured that our oculoplastic surgeon has completed several years of additional, specialized training in plastic surgery of the tissues surrounding the eye and is dedicated to helping you achieve the quality of life and vision you want and deserve.
Our team works in conjunction with physicians of other specialties such as optometry, dermatology, neurology, endocrinology, and otorhinolaryngology to ensure a customized and comprehensive care plan based on your needs.
Reconstructive eye surgery refers to any surgical procedure around the face, eye socket, eyelids, and tear ducts. It includes reconstruction of the eye and surrounding structures and is used to treat a variety of issues including droopy eyelids, blocked tear ducts, and tumors.
Ectropion / Entropion Repair
Ectropion is a condition in which the lower eyelid margin and lashes sag or fold outward. This is typically a result of age-related muscle and tissue weaking. If left untreated, can lead to tearing or eye irritation.
Entropian occurs when the lid turns inward, causing the eyelashes and eyelid skin to touch the eyeball. Entropion typically causes discomfort and irritation, as well as makes the cornea vulnerable to infection, damage, and vision loss.
Lacrimal surgery addresses the tear ducts system that normally drains tears from the eye surface. When the nasolacrimal duct (the tear duct that drains the tears from your eyes into the nose) or punctum (the opening into the tear duct) is narrowed or completely closed, it can cause symptoms ranging from bothersome persistent tearing to infections of the nasolacrimal sac called dacryocystitis.
Symptoms of a blocked tear duct may include the following:
- Excessive tearing
- Crusting of the eyelids
- Blurred vision
- Redness of the white part of the eye
- Recurrent eye infection or inflammation
- Painful swelling near the outside corner of the eye towards the nose
- Mucus or pus discharge from the lids and surface of the eye
Orbital fractures are a condition in which one or more bones around the eye are broken and are typically seen as the result of an injury or blunt trauma. Certain fractures may involve additional facial bones. Depending on the severity of the fracture, treatment may be necessary within days of the injury or trauma.
Schedule a consultation if you are experiencing enhanced pain in and around your eyes. Our ophthalmologists will perform a full exam and recommend treatment.
Enucleation is the surgical procedure in which the eyeball is removed and replaced with an implant. An ophthalmologist may recommend enucleation for a variety of reasons – to eliminate a malignant tumor in the eye, alleviate uncontrollable pain in a blind eye, or reduce the risk of “sympathetic” inflammation of the remaining eye when one eye has been severely injured and blinded.
Hemifacial spasm is a chronic condition that causes involuntary face twitching. Hemifacial spasms involve uncontrolled muscle movement of an entire side or section of the face.
If you’re experiencing uncontrollable muscle movement in the eye or face, schedule a consultation. Our comprehensive evaluation will help to determine the correct condition and treatment plan.
Thyroid Eye Disease (TED)
Thyroid eye disease (TED) is an eye condition in which muscles in the eye and tissue behind the eye become inflamed. This can push the eyeball forward and cause it to appear swollen or red. While thyroid eye disease is rare in most thyroid patients, symptoms to watch for are as follows:
- Redness or swelling
- Pain in and around the eye
- Eyes appearing to be “bulging”
- Dry eye or irritation
Other names for TED include Graves’ Ophthalmopathy, Thyroid-Associated Orbitopathy (TAO), and Graves’ Orbitopathy.
Patients suffering any or all of the above symptoms are encouraged to schedule a consultation to determine next steps. Our comprehensive evaluation will help to determine the correct condition and treatment plan that is right for you.