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Oculoplastics: Your Vision and Eye Health are More than Just About Your Eyes

Many people incorrectly assume that as eye care professionals, we only treat your eyes. In fact, if they adversely impact your vision or eye health, we can also directly treat issues related to your eye sockets, eyelashes, eyelids, tear ducts, and brows. These facial features support and protect your eyes so when these structures are no longer doing their job, due to disease, accident, or aging, a special kind of ophthalmologist called an oculoplastic doctor can diagnose and recommend specialized treatment options.

What is Oculoplastics?

Oculoplastics (pronounced OCK-YOU-LO-plastics), is a subspecialty of ophthalmology and an oculoplastic surgeon can provide plastic and reconstructive surgery that focuses on the eyelids and the structures surrounding the eye, including the tear ducts (lacrimal system), the orbit, and areas surrounding the eyeballs.

The goal of this subspecialty is to improve your vision and your quality of life.

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Recovery Tips For Eyelid Surgery

Following an eyelid procedure, all patients experience a few aftereffects. In this post, Drs. Joseph King and Gabriel Chu of Fraser Valley Cataract & Laser provide tips to handling these effects and encouraging a speedy recovery. They will help you along the way, overseeing your recovery over the span of six weeks following surgery. Read on to learn more.

What Is A Typical Recovery And How Long Will It Take?

The most common aftereffect of eyelid surgery is swelling of both the upper and lower lids, which can be controlled using ice packs. Bruising is also quite common and may take up to two weeks to fully heal. The surgeon will typically use dissolving sutures to stitch up the incisions, and these stitches will fall out on their own. An anti-inflammatory cream and an antibiotic ointment will be prescribed to accelerate the healing process.

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