Oculofacial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Oculofacial plastic and reconstructive surgery is plastic surgery as it relates to the eyes and their surrounding structures. A surgeon who specializes in this field is generally an ophthalmologist (medical doctor and eye surgeon) who has completed an additional two years of formal training in plastic and reconstructive surgery that is limited to the structures surrounding the eye. Since such surgery can affect one's ability to see, oculofacial plastic surgeons are well qualified to perform this delicate surgery and also provide any care that the eye itself may need.

When considering eyelid, orbital, and/or any other surgery around the eye it is important to look for a surgeon who is board certified and has completed a fellowship accredited by the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (ASOPRS).

While board and ASOPRS certifications cannot guarantee a perfect surgical result, these credentials do identify the surgeon as one who has met specific training requirements in this sub-specialty.

Membership in the ASOPRS is restricted to ophthalmologists who have been board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and who have also passed rigorous training and examinations in this specialized field.

The eyelids and structures around the eyes are critical for vision and ocular comfort. Injuries, congenital defects, aging changes, and tumors can cause pain, eye damage, vision loss, and disfigurement. Changes in the eye's appearance can decrease one's ability to interact in social settings and in the workplace. The tragic loss of an eye from injury or disease can decrease one's confidence and impair self-image.

Our oculofacial plastic surgery team at The USF Eye Institute offers a wide variety of reconstructive procedures designed to improve the function and health of the eye, eyelids, and face.

We offer reconstructive procedures for the following conditions:

Abnormal Tearing

Blockage of the tear duct or excessive production of tears.

Abnormal Eyelid Position

Ptosis (droopy eyelids), dermatochalasis (sagging eyelid skin), brow ptosis (droopy eyebrows), ectropion, entropion, eyelid retraction, eyelid tumors.

Blind Painful Eyes/Anophthalmic Socket

Removal of blind and painful eyes, socket reconstruction, removal of eyes or eye sockets with life threatening cancer, etc.

Eyelid Disease

Eyelid infections, inflammations, tumors, burns, etc.

Eyelid and Facial Squeezing Disorders

Blepharospasm, hemifacial spasm, aberrant regeneration of facial nerve or synkinesis, lower facial dystonias, etc.

Facial, Eyelid or Eye Socket Trauma

Fractures and lacerations.

Orbital Disease

Orbital tumors, thyroid eye disease/Grave’s disease, orbital infections and inflammations, etc.

Skin Cancer

Basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, sebaceous cell carcinoma, melanoma, merkel cell carcinoma, etc.


Abnormal eyelash position.

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