What Are Ocular Plastics?

What Are Ocular Plastics?
Posted on 01/18/2020

What Are Ocular Plastics?Whether it be for health purposes, accident-related trauma, or age-related issues, Howerton Eye Clinic brings solutions that can heal or enhance defected/damaged vision. Our team of experts is comprised of specialized ophthalmologists who have been trained in different areas of eye treatment. If you’re suffering from an eye condition that requires alterations or treatment of your eye socket, eyelids, tear ducts, or surrounding retinal areas, you may be in need of ocular plastics treatment specifically.

What Are Ocular Plastics?

The term Ocular Plastics includes and can also be known as oculoplastics and oculoplastic surgery; these eye procedures refer to reconstructive eye surgery that involves altering the eye socket, eyelids, tear ducts, or the orbit (other surrounding facial areas of the eye) where trauma or illness have occurred and spread to the point where it affects your eye and quality of vision. Examples of parts of your face and conditions that compromise your ability to see include, but are not limited to:

  • Eye Sockets – Eye socket surgery usually involves eye removal. But eye removal is more complicated than simply removing an eye; this procedure differs in what parts of the eye need to be removed and which ones within the cavity (or eye socket) will remain intact such as the muscles, fat, and connective tissues found within.
  • Eyelids – Eyelid surgery can range from cosmetic surgery to a necessary medical procedure. We have patients who are interested in repairing their droopy eyelids for a better facial appearance and to increase vision perception. We also have patients who come into our practice for the removal of eyelid tumors (skin carcinomas), which is necessary to keep that type of cancer from spreading to other parts of the face/skin.
  • Tear Ducts – Tear ducts, or your lacrimal apparatus, can sometimes become blocked, have an obstruction, or experience an overflow/drainage—all of which are conditions that require repair. A couple of examples related to this affliction are Punctual Occlusion and Dry Eye Syndrome. Often caused by environmental factors, a tear ducts issue can become so bad that the tear ducts must be surgically closed.
  • The Orbit – As previously mentioned, the orbit is the soft tissue and bone that surrounds the eye. Although trauma and disease may not have reached the eye, this doesn’t mean that it won’t over time. Illnesses such as cancerous tumors or infections must be treated soon and properly in order to avoid spreading, which can cause blindness or total loss of the eye!

Contact Your Eye Surgery Specialists for More Information!

With offices located in Kyle, Austin, and Southwest Austin, TX, you’ll have no trouble finding assistance for your eye-related disorder, trauma, or illness. We invite you to contact our practice where you’ll be greeted by our warm and welcoming staff members, who will help you set up a consultation. If you’d like to make an appointment online—not a problem! Our request form allows you the ease and flexibility of being able to schedule your own eye appointment online. Fill out your appointment request today!

Howerton Eye Clinic, PLLC

  • Austin Office - 2610 South IH 35, Austin, TX 78704 Phone: (512) 443-9715 Fax: (512) 443-9845
  • Southwest Office - 5625 Eiger Rd., Suite 100, Austin, TX 78735 Phone: (512) 443-9715 Fax: (512) 443-9845
  • Kyle Office - 5401 FM 1626, Suite 365, Kyle, TX 78640 Phone: (512) 443-9715 Fax: (512) 443-9845

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