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Eyelid Surgery (Oculoplastics)
 

Oculoplastic surgery is the branch of surgery that deals with problems of the upper and lower eyelids. Oculoplastic surgeons train as Ophthalmologists and undergo further sub specialist training in this area.

An illustrated cross section through the eye and upper eyelid. (From Plasticsurgerykey.com)

An illustrated cross section through the eye and upper eyelid. (From Plasticsurgerykey.com)

Eyelids can be affected by a range of eye conditions, for example they can become inflamed (blepharitis); turn inwards (entropion); outwards (ectropion); they can lie too low (ptosis) or there can be excess skin (dermatochalasis) which can be treated to clear the vision or for cosmetic reasons. Eyelid surgery involves treatment of a range of such conditions including tumours of the eyelid or eyelid malposition.

One of the most common problems encountered around the eyelids is chalazion or meibomian cyst. These can be treated conservatively with hot compresses. However if there is no improvement, a minor outpatient procedure can treat this condition using local anaesthetic.

Watery eyes can be due to a number of problems which may or may not be related to the eyelids. The ocular surface can be responsible for this problem, and can be treated after a comprehensive ocular exam. Other causes include interning eyelashes, blepharitis and entropion.The lacrimal or tear duct system may be obstructed and this can be treated with surgery such as punctoplasty or dacrocystorhinostomy (DCR) which can be performed by the external or endonasal approach.

Mr Modi is a full member of the British Oculoplastic Surgery Society (BOPSS), which means he is has had special training and experience in dealing with eyelid conditions.

 
A lower eyelid chalazion (meibomian cyst) - can be treated as a minor local anaesthetic procedure.

A lower eyelid chalazion (meibomian cyst) - can be treated as a minor local anaesthetic procedure.

 
An upper eyelid papilloma - can be treated as a minor local anaesthetic procedure

An upper eyelid papilloma - can be treated as a minor local anaesthetic procedure

 
Photo by GMint/iStock / Getty Images

Photo by GMint/iStock / Getty Images