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Eyelid Surgery - Glossary

Thursday, March 22, 2012 - 13:27

Contributing Author: Guy Slowik FRCS

Here are definitions of medical terms related to eyelid surgery.

Blepharoplasty: Eyelid surgery that involves removal of fat, skin, and muscle deposits and improves the function and/or appearance of the eyes. Can be performed on both top and bottom eyelids.

Cosmetic surgery: Surgery performed primarily to improve the appearance of a part of the body. Cosmetic surgery evolved from reconstructive surgery. Not all insurance policies cover cosmetic surgery.

Glaucoma: Eye disease characterized by an increase in pressure within the eye itself. The increased pressure causes damage to the eye, which can impair vision and lead to blindness if untreated.

Lacrimal : Anything having to do with tears. Lacrimal glands in the eye secrete tears.

Ophthalmologist: A doctor who specializes in treatment of eye diseases and who can perform eye surgery, prescribe medications, and prescribe glasses.

Optic nerve: A nerve that sends signals to the brain from the retina, located in the back of the eye, which allows sight.

Plastic surgeon: A doctor who specializes in cosmetic and/or reconstructive surgery with the goal of improving the function and/or appearance of a body part.

Reconstructive surgery: This type of surgery is done to repair or correct abnormalities caused by disease, injury, birth defects, other surgeries, or infections. The goal is to restore function and sometimes restore appearance.

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