The Berkeley Eye Center of Houston oculoplastic surgery clinic provides patients with the most advanced diagnostic and treatment options available. Our doctor is an oculoplastic surgeon who is trained in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery for conditions affecting the eyes, eyelids and surrounding areas.
Skin cancer of the eyelids and surrounding structures is a commonly encountered problem.
Some of the more common types of eye cancers we treat include:
- Eyelid tumors
- Orbital tumors/eye socket cancers
- Metastatic tumors (tumors that have spread to the orbit from elsewhere)
- Tumors of the optic nerve
- Cancers related to leukemia and lymphoma
- Basal cell carcinoma
- Squamous cell carcinoma
- Conjunctival tumors
- Lacrimal gland tumors
- Vascular lesions
- Inflammatory growths
Skin Cancer of the Eyelid
Due to the thinness and sensitivity of the skin, your eyelids are particularly susceptible to damage from the sun and other environmental toxins. This can result in skin cancer of the eyelids, the most common types being basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma. If you notice a growth or lesion that begins to grow, bleeds, ulcerates, changes color or experience lash loss or itching, you should schedule an examination and evaluation without delay.
The surgeon will evaluate the growth; her diagnosis will determine if it should be observed, biopsied or removed. If a biopsy is required, the specimen will be sent to a pathologist for an exact diagnosis.
Treatment for Eyelid Tumors
The usual treatment for eyelid tumors involves the surgical removal of the tumor. The tumor must be completely removed to prevent the spread or recurrence of the cancer. Alternative treatment methods include chemotherapy and/or radiation.
Reconstructive Eyelid Surgery
After the cancer has been completely removed, reconstructive surgery by an oculoplastic surgeon is usually necessary to preserve the function of the eyelid and obtain the best cosmetic appearance possible. As with other cosmetic eyelid procedures, reconstructive eyelid surgery is often performed as an outpatient procedure using sedation or general anesthesia.
Our surgeon’s training as an oculoplastic cosmetic surgeon gives them the unique skills necessary to restore the affected areas to as near their former appearance and function as possible. We can achieve stunning results — in many instances you will be unable to tell that you ever had surgery.
Berkeley Eye Center has been preserving and protecting the vision health of patients all over Houston for over 60 years. We are proud to expand the outstanding services we offer our patients to include state of the art oculoplastic treatment. If you are experiencing difficulties with the function and appearance of the areas around the eye, schedule an examination with the Berkeley Eye Center of Houston.