Oculoplastic Surgery

What is Oculoplastic Surgery?

At Whitstable Medical Practice, we are proud to offer expert oculoplastic surgery, a specialised field of ophthalmology that focuses on delicate procedures involving the eye's surrounding structures, including the eyelids, tear ducts, and orbit (the bony socket that holds the eye).

Oculoplastic surgery is performed to address functional issues related to the eyelids and surrounding areas.


Preparation Before Your Appointment

Preparing for your oculoplastic surgery appointment is crucial to ensure a smooth and successful procedure. Here are some essential steps to follow:

1. Avoid Blood Thinners:

In the weeks leading up to your appointment, avoid medications and supplements that can thin your blood, such as aspirin, ibuprofen, and vitamin E. These can increase the risk of bleeding during surgery.

2. Arrange Transportation:

Your oculoplastic surgery will be performed under local anaesthesia so you will not need to stay at Estuary View. However, you will likely need someone to drive you home after the procedure, as you may have a big patch over one of your eyes. 

3. Plan for Recovery:

Set aside time for your recovery. Depending on the extent of the procedure, the wound may need 1 – 4 weeks to settle post-surgery.


What Will Happen at Your Appointment

Here's what you can expect during the process:

1. Consultation:

Your appointment begins with an initial consultation with one of our experienced ophthalmologists. They will carefully assess your eye condition, discuss your your problems, and recommend the most suitable surgical approach to achieve the desired results.

2. Pre-Surgery Preparations:

Before the surgery, our team will provide you with specific instructions to ensure you are fully prepared. You will have the opportunity to ask any questions you may have regarding the procedure or recovery process.

3. The Surgery:

On the day of your surgery, our surgical team will ensure your comfort and safety throughout the procedure. Depending on the complexity of the surgery, the duration may vary between 20-45 minutes.

4. Recovery and Follow-up:

After the surgery, you will be guided through the initial recovery phase. Follow-up appointments will be scheduled to ensure your healing is progressing as expected.

5. Post-Operative Care:

Our team will provide you with detailed post-operative care instructions to help you manage the healing process effectively. Should you have any concerns during your recovery, we are just a phone call away.


How to Contact Us

If for any reason you cannot attend an appointment or have any other query, please contact the Clinical Services Reception team:

  • Monday to Friday
  • 8am to 5pm 

Telephone: 01227 284314