Oculoplastic and orbital surgery (also known as oculofacial surgery, or ophthalmic plastic and reconstructive surgery) treats conditions of the eyelids, eye socket and tear drainage system.

While surgeons from many specialties can perform surgery of the eyelids and eye socket, oculoplastic surgeons devote their entire practices to treating this small but vital area. The Ohio State Wexner Medical Center's oculoplastic surgeons have training in both ophthalmology and reconstructive surgery, giving them the expertise to provide the best possible outcomes.

Often, conditions of the eye requiring oculoplastic surgery involve other systems of the body. The oculoplastic and orbital surgery team at the Ohio State Wexner Medical Center works closely with experts in other specialties — such as dermatology; neurosurgery; ear, nose and throat (ENT); and The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute — to provide comprehensive care to patients.

Oculoplastic areas of treatment

Oculoplastic and orbital surgery treats a wide range of conditions that affect vision, cause discomfort around the eyes and impact quality of life. The experts at the Ohio State Wexner Medical Center can evaluate and identify issues pertaining to the eye and provide treatments to help restore vision and improve quality of life.

Aesthetic surgery

Surgical services include cosmetic upper lid blepharoplasty (surgery to improve droopiness of upper eyelid skin, which doesn't meet insurance criteria), cosmetic lower lid blepharoplasty (surgery to improve under eyelid bags) and cosmetic brow lift surgery. Nonsurgical services provided include cosmetic Botox and filler, as well as laser and nonlaser skin resurfacing to help improve dark spots, blood vessels, acne, fine lines and skin texture.


Why choose Ohio State for oculoplastic and orbital surgery

Oculoplastic surgeons at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Science are board certified ophthalmologists who have received specialized training in surgery of the eyelids, orbit and tear drainage ducts.

There are many specialists outside of ophthalmology who can perform a limited number of procedures around the eyes, but oculoplastic surgeons treat the full range of conditions that affect these areas and devote their entire careers to doing so. If there’s a way to fix your eyelid, orbit or tear drainage problem, an Ohio State Wexner Medical Center oculoplastic surgeon has been trained to do it.

The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center is a Level I Trauma Center. Patients arriving with trauma involving the eyes have access to the highest possible level of trauma care.

What is oculoplastics?

Courtney Kauh, MD, is an oculoplastic surgeon at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center’s Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Science. She specializes in function and cosmetic plastic and reconstructive surgery around the eyes. Dr. Kauh provides an understanding of the specialization of Oculoplastic surgery.

Ohio State’s team approach to complex medical cases

Dr. Cho explains that it’s not just the physical resources available at Ohio State that make a difference, but the team of experts from a broad range of specialties collaborating to deliver the best possible outcomes for the most complex cases.

Complex orbital trauma and reconstruction of fractured eye sockets

Raymond Cho, MD, FACS explains that a combination of options are available when reconstructing a fractured eye socket, including titanium plates, implants and bone grafts.

Treatment options for thyroid eye or Graves’ disease at Ohio State

Dr. Raymond Cho explains how ultrasonic bone aspiration—a technology available at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center—can provide orbital decompression with less risk to the surrounding tissue.

Treatment for droopy eyelids or ptosis at Ohio State

Droopy eyelids, or ptosis, can occur when people age, but some individuals are born with the condition or acquire it following trauma or with a neuromuscular disease. Dr. Cho explains the potential complications and expected recovery time of ptosis correcting surgery.
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