What is Oculoplastics?
Oculoplastics, also called ophthalmic plastic surgery and oculofacial plastic surgery, is a branch of ophthalmology focusing on problems of the eyelids, eye socket, and tearing systems--essentially, everything around the actual eyeball. Oculoplastic surgeons receive full ophthalmology training (four years of medical school, one year of medical internship, and three years of ophthalmology residency), then go on to receive two years of fellowship training in eyelid, eye socket, and lacrimal surgery. Two year fellowships accredited by the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (ASOPRS) are among the most coveted and competitive in the country, as only about 30 spaces are available yearly.
Why choose an oculoplastic surgeon for your eyelid surgery?
Because they are trained to care for both eyelids and eyeballs, oculoplastic surgeons have a unique and profound understanding of eyelid function and anatomy. While several types of surgeons can perform cosmetic eyelid surgery, including general plastic surgeons, facial plastic surgeons, otolaryngologists, general ophthalmologists, and dermatologists, no one has the same expertise with eyelids as oculoplastic surgeons. Indeed, when eyelid surgeries go wrong, patients are invariably sent to an oculoplastic surgeon. By choosing an oculoplastic surgeon for your eyelid surgery, you are choosing a true eyelid expert.