Oculoplastic Surgery

Doctor Ravi Singh is a member of the Australian and New Zealand Society of Oculoplastic Surgeons, and regularly performs oculoplastic surgery at both Charlestown Private Hospital and in the theatre at our Kotara eye clinic.

An Oculoplastic surgeon is an Ophthalmologist who specialises in reconstructive surgeries of the ocular region; including the face, the eyelids, and the tear ducts.

Surgeries include:

  • Blepharoplasty: removal of excess skin from the upper or lower lids.
  • Ptosis surgery: To fix droopy eyelids or an eyelid that falls low. May be congenital or acquired.
  • Basal Cell or Squamous Cell Carcinoma excision: If these skin cancers occur close to the eye, it is highly recommended that an oculoplastic surgeon removes these.
  • Dacryocystorhinostomy (DCR)/Tear duct surgery: An excessively watery eye may be caused by a tear duct obstruction, which means the tears produced by the eye cannot be drained away properly.
  • Pterygium removal: A Pterygium is a fibrous growth that slowly grows towards the pupil/centre of the eye. If large enough, it can start to affect vision by pulling on and changing the shape of the Cornea. They generally occur as a result of excessive exposure to UV light and dry dusty conditions. The majority are benign, but a rare few can be malignant.
  • Cyst removal: Glands of the eye can become blocked and infected and on occasion will require surgical intervention to remove the blockage.
  • Ectropion: ¬†Usually occurring with older age, the lower eyelid turns outwards, causing an un-cosmetic appearance and an excessively watery eye.
  • Entropion: The lower eyelid turns inwards, resulting in the eyelashes scratching the eye which creates an ulcer and causes the patient pain and discomfort.
  • Botox: Used on patients with eyelid and facial spasms. Botulinum Toxin Type A causes temporary paralyses of the overacting muscles in the face. This provides relief to those who suffer involuntary eyelid and facial spasms. Repeat injections are needed every 3-6 months.
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