Orbital and Oculoplastic Eye Surgery
We treat conditions and diseases of the bone and tissue around and behind the eye. At Cedars-Sinai, you'll get leading-edge care for eye diseases from a skilled and experienced team.
Our Approach to Orbital and Oculoplastic Eye Surgery
- Expert care: Our surgeons are specialists in conditions around the eye. We work with other providers, including endocrinologists and plastic surgeons, to treat the eye condition and give you the best result possible.
- Leading-edge research: Together with our partners, we are leading the industry in research on treating Graves' disease with medication rather than surgery. This breakthrough medication may mean you won't need surgery to correct swollen, painful eyes.
- Vast experience: Our experts have performed hundreds of these surgeries. We have the skills and experience to perform intricate eye procedures, whether you need routine maintenance or treatment for a complex disease.
Conditions We Treat With Orbital Eye Surgery
We work with specialists to treat conditions and diseases of the skin and bone around the eye, including thyroid eye disease, tumors, facial paralysis and traumatic eye injury.
Thyroid Eye Disease
Also known as Graves' disease and "bulging eyes," thyroid eye disease is a condition in which the eyes become swollen, seeming to bulge. To treat thyroid eye disease, we perform orbital decompression surgery. We remove some of the underlying tissue and bone to reduce the appearance of swollen eyes. Learn more about thyroid eye disease.
Eye Cancer and Tumors
We remove cancer and tumors that grow on the bones and muscles near and behind the eye. We use sophisticated dermatology surgical techniques to remove the malignant (cancerous) cells, close the skin and retain the appearance of your features as much as possible.
Depending on the size of the tumor, we may close the incision with:
- A bandage
- Piece of skin from a nearby area (skin flap) or from somewhere else on the body
Also known as Bell's palsy, facial paralysis can result in weakened, drooping or stiff eyelids that don't fully protect the eye. Facial paralysis can lead to blindness. We help restore vision by repositioning the eyelid so it closes. We may need to reposition the eye itself.
Our team is also happy to revise other surgeries you've had to help you achieve the best possible appearance.
As a Level 1 trauma center (the highest level), we are well-equipped to treat traumatic eye injuries, including scratches and breaks to and around the eye and face. Our ophthalmologists work closely with dermatologists and plastic surgeons to repair the injury while retaining as much of your vision and appearance as possible.