Oculoplastics is a subspecialty of ophthalmology that focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of conditions that affect the eyelids, tear ducts, and orbit (the bony structure around the eye). This field combines both cosmetic and reconstructive surgery to restore both the function and appearance of the eye and its surrounding structures.

Common Conditions

Some common oculoplastic conditions include

  • Eyelid malposition: This condition occurs when the eyelids are either turned inward or outward, causing irritation, dryness, tearing, and difficulty closing the eye.
  • Orbital tumours: These are growths or masses that develop in the bony structures around the eye, which can cause bulging, proptosis (eye bulging), double vision, and vision loss.
  • Tear duct obstructions: This condition occurs when the tear ducts are blocked, causing excessive tearing, eye discharge, and infection.
  • Eyelid tumours: These are growths that develop on the eyelids and can cause changes in the eyelid appearance, pain, and difficulty closing the eye.


Treatment for oculoplastic conditions depends on the specific condition and severity of the disease.

Some common treatments include:

  • Eyelid surgery: This surgery is used to treat eyelid malpositions and tumours, and may involve tightening or loosening the eyelid muscles, removing excess skin and fat, and reconstructing the eyelid.
  • Orbital surgery: This surgery is used to remove tumours or masses in the orbit and may involve removing or reconstructing the affected bone.
  • Tear duct surgery: This surgery is used to remove obstructions in the tear ducts and may involve inserting stents or using lasers to remove the blockage.


After oculoplastic surgery, patients may experience some discomfort, bruising, and swelling, and will need to attend follow-up appointments with their ophthalmologist to monitor their condition.

If you are experiencing any symptoms related to your eyelids or orbit, or are interested in cosmetic procedures to enhance your appearance, please contact us to make an appointment with one of the sub-specialised oculoplastic specialists to discuss the best treatment options for you.

Ophthalmologists who specialise in Oculoplastics

Dr Zelda Pick


Oculoplastics, Cataracts

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