One of the very first things people notice about you are your eyes. This is because your eyes express emotion, and they define who and what you are. When a person has a deformity that affects their eyes, their eyelids, their tear ducts, or the orbit around their eyes, it can drastically affect the way that they appear, it can affect their self-confidence, and it can affect the way that other people treat them.
It is for this reason that oculoplastic surgery is viewed as both a cosmetic surgery and a medical surgery. Depending on the reasons why orbital surgery is being performed, some oculoplastic procedures may actually be covered by your insurance. An example would be an eyelid issue that not only affects a person’s appearance, but can also affect their ability to see. When the eyelids do not function properly, they affect a person’s comfort level and the overall health of the eyes.
Most oculoplastic procedures are outpatient procedures. This means that the patient can go home the same day. While there may be some recovery time, recovery from these procedures is usually quick.
Oculoplastic surgeries are performed on a wide range of people. They can be performed on children, adults and seniors, and they can be performed for a wide range of conditions. For this reason, it is difficult to pinpoint the number of orbital procedures that are done in the United States on an annual basis.
Orbital surgery may be performed in response to an overactive thyroid. When a person has a thyroid disorder, it can actually cause their eyes to pop out of their orbit. As a result, the person looks like they have bug eyes. This protrusion of the eyes can have a negative effect on the health and appearance of the eyes.
Other disorders that might lead an individual to have orbital surgery would include eye disorders, tumors, and trauma to the eyes. In planning for an orbital surgery, you will sit down with a member of our team who will discuss the risks and benefits of the surgery.
Once it is decided that surgery is your best option, then the type of surgery will be specified. One option for orbital surgery, or orbital decompression, is to remove some of the bone from one or more walls of the eye’s orbit. Another option would include removing excess fat. A third option would be a removal of both bone and fat from the orbit area. It all depends on your unique situation.
In order to determine what needs to be done during the surgery, prior to surgery, Dr. Ahmad will see if there any sinus disease present, as well as look at the thickness of the bone walls that surround your eyes.
Once all of these factors have been accounted for, then the best option will be determined to help improve your appearance and protect the health of your eyes.