Oculoplastic surgery refers to surgery of the eye whether it’s your eye socket, tear ducts, or eyelids. Any surgical procedure done to these areas needs to be done by a licensed ophthalmologist who has undergone an additional two-year ophthalmology fellowship.
Once an eye surgeon has completed the additional required fellowship on oculoplastic, they’ll be able to apply to become members of the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons. An oculoplastic surgeon mentioned on the ASOPRS website is someone who is considered the highest qualified surgeon in North America for this specialty.
Who qualifies for oculoplastic surgery?
If you think you may qualify for oculoplastic surgery you may need one of these procedures done:
- Droopy eyelid repair
- Tear duct obstruction
- Eye tumor removal
- Eyelid reconstruction
- Facial reconstruction (around the eyes)
- Orbital repairs
Any of these procedures will need to be discussed with your oculoplastic surgeon so you fully understand the entire procedure from start to finish including costs and recovery times.
Paying for oculoplastic surgery
In most instances, your oculoplastic surgery will be covered under your eye insurance. However, it is important that you discuss your insurance coverage prior to scheduling the appointment so you do not get footed with unexpected bills that your insurance does not pick up.
Recovery times for oculoplastic surgery
Each procedure is different depending on the patient so it’s important that you discuss the recovery process with your oculoplastic surgeon before you schedule the procedure. If you need to be out of work for a few days, you’ll want to get the time off or schedule the surgery on a Friday, so you have the weekend to rest.
For eyelid surgery, most surgeons perform this as an outpatient procedure which means you’ll be able to get back to your day to day routine one day following surgery. Even with outpatient procedures, you may have some restrictions to follow. Ask for a list of these at your initial consultation so you can make proper arrangements if need be.