Ophthalmic and oculoplastic surgeon

Dr. Thanos I. Bezatis, MD, PhD, FEBOphth

Thanos I. Bezatis is an ophthalmic surgeon and specializes in Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery as well as cataract surgery.


Cosmetic ophthalmology

Surgical and minimal invasive procedures that aim to improve signs of the ageing around the eyes.

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Refractive surgery

The inability of the eye to focus incoming light rays on the retina.

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Lacrimal Disorders – Watery Eye

Watering is caused either due to overproduction of tears or impaired drainage.

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Cataract surgery is the most commonly performed surgery in medicine and involves replacement of the misty natural lens with a clear artificial lens. It is associated with ageing.

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Plastic or Ophthalmic Surgeon?

The eyelid area is a very specialized area. Surprisingly, cosmetic eyelid surgery is still widely used by general plastic surgeons, although it is widely accepted in Europe and the United States that eyelid surgery should be performed by surgeons who have specialized in and trained in eye diseases and surgery. The reason for this common assumption is that the eyelids are necessary for the protection and proper functioning of the eye and therefore any surgery on them can have a direct serious impact on the eye. The general plastic surgeon cannot assess the health of the eye surface and is therefore unable to calculate possible complications by selecting the right candidates for surgery. Ophthalmic surgeons have completed many years of basic ophthalmology training and are familiar with the use of ophthalmic equipment. The table below summarizes the differences between general plastic and ophthalmic surgeons.

  Ophthalmic Surgeon Plastic Surgeon
Trained in eyelid surgery                                                          
Performs surgery on other parts of the body such as the chest, abdomen                                            
Trained in the treatment of functional problems of the eyelids such as ptosis, cancer, entropions / ectropions                                           
Performs operations on the eyelids and the eye only                                           
Trained to examine the eye                                           
Can recognize eye-related contraindications preoperatively                                           
Μay examine the eye postoperatively to exclude any complications in the eye.                                           
Μay experience any ophthalmic complications after surgery