Reconstructive Oculoplastic Services

What Cancers Can Be Found on the Eyelids?

Several different kinds of skin cancer can develop on the eyelids. They are commonly referred to as eyelid cancer, and include basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, Merkel cell carcinoma, sebaceous carcinoma, and melanoma.

Eyelid cancer may present as a painless, asymmetrical “sore” that may bleed at times. Eyelash loss may occur, and a notch may appear in the eyelid at the site of abnormal cell growth.

What Are the Types of Eyelid Malpositions?

There are four common types of eyelid malposition, all of which may attributed to some extent by aging. These include:

  • Ptosis, which involves drooping of the upper eyelid.
  • Eyelid retraction, in which the upper eyelid is too high and the lower eyelid is too low compared to the norm.
  • Ectropion, which involves the outward turn of the lower eyelid.
  • Entropion, which involves the inward turn of the eyelid, usually the lower one. 

Eyelid malposition is not preventable but can be corrected with appropriate treatment.

Can You Live a Normal Life With Graves’ Disease?

Graves’ disease is an autoimmune condition that requires consistent follow-up with at least one specialist. The condition does not affect the eyes alone; it can affect the muscles, the heart, and even your behavior due to the impact on the brain. Due to the gravity of the consequences associated with unmanaged Graves’ Disease, it feels appropriate to questions whether you can live a normal life with this condition. The very fact that you need to maintain regular visits with your doctor may not seem “normal.” This depends on comparison. If we look only at living with Graves’, then we can say that, yes, you can live a normal life provided that you receive the consistent care that your condition demands. Today, we have more ways than ever to manage the ocular effects of Graves’ disease. These include medications and surgery as needed to manage symptoms.

What's the Goal of Orbital Reconstruction Surgery?

Orbital reconstruction surgery is one option for managing some of the effects of Graves’ Disease. It may also be necessary as a treatment for injury. The goal of any orbital reconstruction procedure is to restore the internal and external anatomy around the eye globe. This may involve repositioning or repairing injured or entrapped soft tissues.

How Are Orbital Tumors Diagnosed?

An orbital tumor is an abnormal growth in the area around the eye. Some are cancerous and some are benign. Examples of different types of orbital tumors include vascular lesions that form from blood vessels, cysts, neurogenic (nerve) tumors, and lymphomas. An orbital tumor may also be a secondary tumor that has metastasized from another area such as the cranium or sinuses.

A specialist will carefully examine the eye area to evaluate what may be an orbital tumor. Symptoms and medical history are also reviewed. Additionally, the doctor may order imaging such as CT scan, MRI, or ultrasound to observe the detailed aspects of the orbital area. A biopsy may be performed. However, an experienced specialist may discern the characteristics of a tumor using imaging and their physical examination alone.

Will My Insurance Cover Blepharoplasty?

Blepharoplasty is typically deemed a cosmetic procedure. That said, there is sometimes a need for eyelid surgery. When blepharoplasty is performed due to vision obstruction or other physical or functional (not cosmetic) problems, it is referred to as functional blepharoplasty. In the case of functional blepharoplasty, the procedure to reduce redundant eyelid tissue may be covered by insurance. It may be necessary to meet certain pre-surgery requirements to obtain this coverage. Together, you and your doctor can determine if you may be a candidate for insurance-covered functional blepharoplasty.

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