Oculoplastic Surgery

When is Oculoplastic Surgery Needed?

Oculoplastic surgery is often pursued to help people reconstruct and restore the look of the face after an accident, injury or other trauma. Precision surgery can also help with certain health problems, such as a blocked tear duct. A handful of these procedures can also promote a more youthful appearance by changing or reshaping features in the periocular area around the eyes.

Medically Necessary Treatments

Many forms of oculoplastic treatment may be medically necessary. “Medically necessary” means the procedure is required to treat a medical disorder and is not exclusively for cosmetic purposes. When a treatment is deemed medically necessary, it is typically covered by insurance.

Orbital Surgery

Orbital surgery is used to reconstruct areas around the eyes including the eyelids, eyebrows, eye socket – called the orbit – and the tear duct.

Graves’ Ophthalmopathy

This severe condition is characterized by inflammation of the tissues and muscles behind the eyes. In most cases, this causes the eyes to stick out further than normal. The condition can occur alongside hyperthyroidism, the overproduction of hormones from the thyroid gland.

Although the symptoms can go away on their own, it takes several months and may require medication. It’s essential to see an eye doctor to ensure that other, more serious problems are not developing and to monitor the condition as you recuperate.

Blocked Tear Duct

Tear ducts can become blocked due to problems with the eye or incursion by outside irritants. When the duct is completely blocked, swelling and inflammation usually follow. Surgery is necessary to clear out the duct.

Drooping Eyelids (Ptosis)

Ptosis is a condition when the upper eyelid covers the eye. The level of coverage may be mild or significant – in serious cases, the pupil is completely covered. These severe cases lead to a substantial reduction in vision quality and correction is usually deemed medically necessary.

Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty or Eye Lift)

Blepharoplasty is used to remove excess skin and fat in the upper or lower eyelids. It is often pursued by people whose “heavy” eyelids impair their peripheral vision. It can also be used for cosmetic reasons.


A chalazion is an inflammatory lump in the tear duct of the eyelid. It tends to start out very small, not even blocking the entire duct, and grows slowly over time. The growth should be removed as soon as possible to prevent progression of the condition and complications.

To ensure that a procedure will qualify, schedule a consultation at Vision Care Specialists. We work with you to help ensure that you get the most coverage possible for your qualifying procedures. Conditions which commonly require surgery are as follows.

See Oculoplastic Specialist Dr. Neha Patel Sitole at Vision Care Specialists

If you want the highest quality of service from an oculoplastic surgeon Denver trusts, schedule an appointment with experts at Vision Care Specialists today. Our lead oculoplastic specialist, Dr. Neha Patel Sitole, will be glad to discuss your needs.

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