Oculoplastic surgery is a small sub-specialty of ophthalmology. An oculoplastic surgeon is an ophthalmologist that performs cosmetic and reconstructive procedures on the eyes and face. They are trained in the evaluation and treatment of problems affecting the tissues and structures around the eyes. This includes the eyelids, eyebrows, forehead, cheeks, orbit (structures behind the eyeball) and lacrimal (tear drain) systems. Oculoplastic surgeons offer a unique blend of expertise — the technical precision of an ophthalmologist and the aesthetic and reconstructive considerations of a plastic surgeon.
Oculoplastic surgeons are credentialed by the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (ASOPRS). In order to become a member of ASOPRS, a physician must graduate medical school, finish residency training in ophthalmology, and be accepted into one of a select number of accredited two year fellowship programs. The additional training encompasses plastic and reconstructive surgery of the eyelids, orbit and lacrimal system. Before becoming a member of ASOPRS, the physician must become board certified by the American Academy of Ophthalmology, pass oral and written examinations on oculoplastic surgery, and write a thesis on oculoplastic surgery.
Dr. McCracken is one of the most trusted and respected oculoplastic surgeons in the Denver and Boulder areas. If you would like more information about oculoplastic surgery or Dr. McCracken’s qualifications, please contact McCracken Eye and Face Institute today by calling 720-851-6600.