What is Oculoplastic Surgery?

Oculoplastic surgery is a specialised plastic surgery that focuses on the periorbital area and face. It is also known as oculo-facial surgery since the eyelids are connected to the forehead and cheeks, and it addresses the lacrimal (tear drainage) system and orbits (deeper tissues around the eyeball). 
It includes both medical and cosmetic procedures that improve the functionality and appearance of the eyelids, tear ducts, and surrounding areas, including the bony orbit and paranasal sinuses. These operations are critical not only for restoring vision and ocular health, but also for improving the aesthetic appeal of the eyes and revitalising the entire facial appearance.

Conditions Treated with Oculoplastic Surgeries and Procedures

2Eyelid Malpositions (Entropion, Ectropion)

Eyelid Malpositions

Entropian causes eyelids to turn inward while Ectroptian is the outward turning of the eyelids.

Droopy eyelids (Ptosis)


Drooping eyelids occur due to aging or weak muscles.

Blocked Tear Ducts (Nasolacrimal Duct Obstruction)

Blocked Tear Ducts

Nasolacrimal duct obstruction prevents tears from draining.



Trichiasis treatment consists of removing ingrown eyelashes that grow inwards.

Eyelid Tumours (Benign and Malignant Growths)


Tumors can develop on or around the eyelids causing cosmetic and health issues.

Ptosis is the drooping of the upper eyelid, which is most commonly seen with ageing, but can also be caused by weak eyelid muscles due to nerve injury or at birth (congenital ptosis). A drooping upper lid can be mild and asymptomatic or can be significant enough to block a person’s vision. Oculoplastic surgery can treat ptosis by addressing the weak muscles that lift the eyelid, thus improving the vision while enhancing the eye’s cosmetic appeal

Entropion occurs when the eyelid margin is directed inward, forcing the eyelashes to rub against the cornea, resulting in irritation and pain. Ectropion, on the other hand, is the outward turning of the eyelid, which causes exposure and dryness of the eyes. Oculoplastic surgeries can efficiently correct these malpositions, restoring adequate eyelid alignment and function.

Nasolacrimal duct obstruction prevents tears from draining from the eyes into the nose, resulting in excessive tearing, ocular discomfort, and recurring infections. Oculoplastic surgery can unblock or bypass a clogged tear duct, allowing tears to drain normally and relieving discomfort.

Benign and malignant tumours can develop on sun exposed  areas on or around the eyelids, causing both cosmetic and health issues. Oculoplastic surgeons are skilled to remove these tumours while preserving the function and appearance of the eyelids, assuring full removal and reducing the risk of recurrence.

Oculoplastic Services Offered at Asia Pacific Eye Centre

Our comprehensive oculoplastic services include a variety of treatments suited to each patient’s specific needs. These services include:

Before and after a Lower Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty)         Before and after an Upper Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty)


Blepharoplasty is the surgical removal of extra skin, muscle, and fat from the upper and/or lower eyelids. This process rejuvenates the appearance of the eyes by eliminating sagging skin, puffiness, and wrinkles, leaving them looking youthful and refreshed.

Dacryocystorhinostomy (DCR) is a surgical treatment that treats tear duct obstruction by establishing a new drainage channel from the eyes to the nose. DCR relieves symptoms of crying, ocular discomfort, and recurring infections by restoring normal tear outflow.

Trichiasis treatment consists of removing ingrown eyelashes that grow inwards towards the eye, producing discomfort, redness, and probable corneal injury. Trichiasis is treated surgically or with lasers to prevent recurring eyelash misdirection.

Anti-wrinkle injections are used to temporarily paralyse the muscles responsible for dynamic wrinkles around the eyes, like crow’s feet and frown lines. It works by relaxing these muscles to smooth wrinkles and fine lines, giving the periocular area a young and refreshed appearance.

Dr. Gillian Teh

Ophthalmology Consultant Singapore National Eye Centre (SNEC)
MBBS, MMed(Ophth), FAMS

Languages: English

Sub-specialties: Oculoplastic, Cataract and Comprehensive Ophthalmology

Clinical Tutor at the National University of Singapore (NUS) - Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine
Former Consultant at the Singapore National Eye Centre (SNEC)

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