ORBIT, OCULOPLASTY AND OCULAR ONCOLOGY CLINIC

SERVICES

Orbit, Oculoplasty and Ocular Oncology, a distinct subspecialty handles anomalies of lids, lacrimal system, extra ocular structures, bony orbit and other ocular adnexa. The orbit clinic receives a number of referrals of case of common and uncommon orbital tumors, orbital inflammations and infections which are managed both conservatively with medical management, chemotherapy and surgically with the removal of the tumor via orbitotomy. A large number of patients with thyroid related orbitopathy are treated (in collaboration with the general physician) on a daily basis. Naso lacrimal duct obstructions both congenital and acquired are routinely treated by us, with probing, external/ endonasal dacryocysto rhinostomy, Jones' tube placement and ballon dacryoplasty. Orbital floor fracture repair with implants (silicon, prolene mesh and medpor) are commonly done. Aravinds Orbit and Oculoplasty services are available at Aravind Madurai, Tirunelveli, Coimbatore and Pondicherry.
A number of patients are seen in the Oculoplasty clinic daily with a variety of eyelid disorders including malpositions (Ptosis, entropion, ectropion), benign and malignant eyelid tumors, facial dystonias etc. Surgical corrections for ptosis, entropion, ectropion, eyelid reconstructions post tumor removal as well as number of cosmetic eyelid surgeries (e.g. Blepharoplasty) and injection of botulinum toxin (Botox) for facial dystonias and cosmetic indications are performed.
The ocular oncology unit, now a referral centre administers chemotherapy for the relatively common retinoblastoma, and other rarer ocular cancers. Chemotherapy sessions are administered at Aravind, in consultation with a local oncologist. A trained nurse attends to their needs while an experienced medical officer stops by for regular check-ups.

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