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At the Holtebeck Eye Center in Brookfield, we offer oculoplastic surgery for a variety of medical and cosmetic purposes. Oculoplastic surgery refers to procedures involving the orbit, eyelids, tear ducts, and face. These procedures are performed on patients of all ages and for a range of purposes.

Oculoplastic Procedures 


The oculoplastic procedures we offer at the Holtebeck Eye Center include blepharoplasty and ectropion/entropion repair. Both of these procedures can assist with improving range of vision as well as address cosmetic concerns. 


Blepharoplasty is an oculoplastic procedure that primarily removes excess eyelid skin due to stretching of the thin eyelid skin over time. Excess eyelid skin can eventually limit your peripheral vision. Additionally, this loose eyelid skin may also lead to the appearance of “bags” under the eyes, or a tired and puffy look.

To address that issue, this surgery helps the skin around the eye and lids to be more visually defined. Ultimately, blepharoplasty can improve your range of vision by removing the obstruction of the loose eyelid and can help your eyes to appear more alert and refreshed.

Ectropion/Entropion Repair

The other type of oculoplastic procedure offered at the Holtebeck Eye Center is ectropion/entropion repair. “Ectropion” refers to the drooping and turning outward of the lower eyelid which can be caused by simple aging, skin disease, tumors, trauma, or even eyelid burns. Aside from concerns about appearance, ectropion can cause eyes to become excessively dry, watery, light sensitive, and wind sensitive.

“Entropion” refers to the dropping and turning inward of the lower eyelid. Similar to ectropion, entropion is commonly due to aging, infection, or scarring of the inside of the eyelid. Additionally, if left untreated, entropion can lead to corneal infections, which can cause significant damage to your eye and vision. 

Both ectropion and entropion repair surgeries seek to restore the eyelid to its original position, which ultimately reduces painful and irritating symptoms while protecting your eye in the long run.

What to Expect from Eyelid Surgery

As part of the pre-surgery process, Dr. Holtebeck will conduct a complete eye exam and discuss all of your treatment options with you. Part of this exam and analysis may involve taking photos of your eyes and testing your peripheral vision. You will inform the doctor about your medical history and any current medical issues. Additionally, you will want to inform the doctor about any medications and supplements you take, including prescriptions, over-the-counter medicine, and vitamins. It is particularly important that Dr. Holtebeck know if you take aspirin-containing drugs or blood thinners. 

 It is important for us to know about these medications, supplements, and medical issues because we use local anesthesia during oculoplastic surgery. Local anesthesia is used to numb both your eye and the area around it, reducing any pain you might otherwise feel during the operation. 

Once you have consulted with Dr. Holtebeck and determined oculoplastic surgery is right for you, you will be fully prepared by staff and the doctor for your procedure. Keep in mind some of the information above so you can be better prepared for your eye exam and discussion of treatment options.

Contact The Holtebeck Eye Center for Oculoplastic Surgery

If you have experienced issues with drooping eyelids or are otherwise concerned about your eyelid and vision health, Dr. Holtebeck is ready to see you! The Holtebeck Eye Center will work with you to understand what procedures are best for you and your ongoing vision health. Contact us today to learn more about oculoplastic surgery services.