Why Choose An Oculoplastic Surgeon
Certified ANZSOPS members are specialist ophthalmologists who have additional training in eye surgery and peri-ocular plastic surgery. ANZSOPS members have expertise in techniques that address both functional and aesthetic results in orbital, lacrimal and eyelid surgery.
Why are Oculoplastic Surgeons important around the eyes?
Oculoplastic surgeons are specialist ophthalmologists (eye doctors) who have additional training in eyelid, lacrimal and orbital surgery. Oculoplastic surgeons are trained to do many different types of eyelid and facial surgery, ranging from eyelid malposition to more complex reconstruction involving the eyelids and surrounding forehead, temporal and cheek areas. They understand the delicate anatomy and function of the eyelids and their surrounding structures. As well as the eyelids, they perform surgery on the lacrimal (tear) system, the orbit (bone cavity around the eye), adjacent periocular (around the eyes) and facial structures as well as the forehead and cheeks.
Oculoplastic surgery is also known as ophthalmic plastic and reconstructive surgery and oculo-facial surgery.
• As specialist ophthalmologists Oculoplastic surgeons assess the surface health of the eyes and function of the eyelids prior to eyelid surgery
• As dedicated eyelid surgeons, an oculoplastic surgeon routinely does surgeries in these areas, and recognises potential problems
• Oculoplastic surgeons are trained to manage the complications of eyelid and facial plastic surgery which can involve the eye itself
• Oculoplastic surgeons have a professional society which helps them maintain a high standard of care, called the Australian and New Zealand Society of Ophthalmic Plastic Surgeons for which there are membership criteria.