Often called ophthalmic reconstructive surgery, plastic surgery that focuses specifically on the eye area requires a high level of skill and precision. Our surgeons have the right combination of experience and expertise to improve the health and appearance of your eyes.
Contact us online today to learn more about your options to restore form and function with ophthalmic reconstructive surgery. The Institute of Reconstructive Plastic Surgery of Central Texas helps men and women from Austin, Round Rock and throughout Texas.
Common Problems Addressed
There are many problems around the eye area that can be fixed with a surgical approach. Some of these problems may be due to injury or accident, while others are genetic in nature. Several diseases and health conditions can also cause physical formation problems in the eye structure:
- Exorbitism Correction – Exorbitism, or the bulging of the eyes, is caused by a change in bone structure around the eye. This forces the softer tissue of the eye forward. The effects are typically seen on both sides of the face at the same time. Since the underlying problem is related to bone structure, the surgical correction has to reshape the bones around the eye (orbit). This allows the eye to settle into a more natural placement further back in the orbit again.
- Proptosis Surgery – Proptosis is also defined as the bulging of the eye at less than 18 mm outward. When over 18 mm in projection and combined with lid lag, the condition is defined as exophthalmos. This bulging can occur in one or both eyes. The most common cause for bulging eyes is hyperthyroidism, and most often due to Graves’ disease. However, a number of other health conditions may also lead to bulging eyes, so a prompt and accurate diagnosis is important. Proptosis surgery releases the pressure on the soft tissues of the eye, allowing the eye to set further back in the socket.
- Orbital Tumor Treatment – Tumors and inflammation of the eye socket that occur behind the eye can cause bulging of the eye. More importantly, vision itself may be at risk. Orbital tumors can be either benign or malignant, and can arise primarily in the eye region or may originate elsewhere. Treatment for tumors in the eye area may include radiation, chemotherapy or surgical incision. Depending on the size and location of the tumor, reconstructive surgery restores proper form and function to the eye again. In some cases, orbital tumor treatment is performed as part of a larger facial reconstruction surgery.
Seeking prompt diagnosis and treatment is vital for any disorders involving the eye. Left untreated, conditions may worsen, putting future sight at risk. Abnormal eye structure can cause other problems as well, such as inability to fully close the eyelids. This leads to chronic dry eyes that could harm the cornea. Sensitivity to light, double vision and itchy, watery or irritated eyes can all be resolved through surgery for eye conditions.
Contact us online today to learn more about your ophthalmic reconstructive surgery options from The Institute of Reconstructive Plastic Surgery of Central Texas. With the right treatment approach, you can improve the symmetry and appearance of the eyes, as well as ensure healthy eye function again.