Oculoplastics Center

Oculoplastics, or oculoplastic surgery, includes a wide variety of surgical procedures that deal with the orbit, eyelids, tear ducts, and the face. It also deals with reconstruction of the eye and its associated structures. Oculoplastic surgeons are ophthalmologists who complete two years of additional fellowship training after their residency.

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Some of the eyelid surgeries that oculoplastic surgeons perform include:

  • Blepharoplasty (eyelift) is plastic surgery of the eyelids to remove excess skin and fat
  • Asian blepharoplasty
  • Ptosis repair for droopy eyelids
  • Ectropion repair for eyelids that turn out
  • Entropion repair for eyelids that turn in
  • Canthoplasty to reconstruct the outer or inner corner of the eye
  • Tarsorrhaphy to sew the eyelids together if the eye needs to be protected
  • Removal and reconstruction of eyelid skin cancer
  • Repair of eyelid lacerations

Some of the lacrimal (tear duct system) surgeries that oculoplastic surgeons perform include:

  • DCR (dacryocystorhinostomy) to repair a blocked tear duct
  • Balloon dacryoplasty to dilate the tear duct and allow tears to flow more freely
  • Biopsy of the lacrimal gland (main producer of tears)
  • Repair of tear duct lacerations

Some of the orbital (eye socket) surgeries that oculoplastic surgeons perform include:

  • Repair of orbital fractures
  • Orbital decompression to remove bone and fat in patients with bulgy eyes (commonly from thyroid eye disease)
  • Removal of orbital tumors
  • Enucleation, evisceration, or exenteration when the eye needs to be removed for medical reasons
  • Eye socket reconstruction in patients who have undergone the above procedures

Oculoplastic surgeons also perform a wide range of cosmetic procedures.

At Soll Eye, Dr. Stephen Soll performs oculoplastic surgery. He has been trained to use today's most sophisticated techniques and is a fellow of the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (ASOPRS). In 2017, he was recognized as a Top Doctor by Philadelphia Magazine.

Fellowship in ASOPRS indicates that the surgeon has special training and expertise in this subspeciality, and that he or she is board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology or its equivalent.