Oculoplastic surgery includes a wide variety of surgical procedures that deal with the orbit (eye socket), eyelids, tear ducts, and the face. The restoration of the eyelid form and function is the goal of the oculoplastic surgery.
The early recognition and proper treatment of eyelid skin cancer is critical for ocular health. Basal cell carcinoma is by far the most prevalent cancer involving the eyelids. Sun exposure is usually the underlying cause of basal cell carcinomas in this area. Although much less prevalent, squamous cell carcinoma, malignant melanoma, and adenocarcinoma may also involve the eyelids.
Fortunately, most skin cancers on the eyelid are relatively small, and only require a simple surgical procedure for removal. Typically, the eyelid function is completely restored.