Ophthalmic Plastic and Orbital Surgery Service

The physicians of the Ophthalmic Plastic and Orbital Surgery Service are interested in improving patient outcomes for a variety of diseases of the eyelids, eye socket, and tear drainage system. Our specialists have published over 150 articles and chapters in the medical literature, authored or co-edited five books, and lectured extensively in the United States and internationally. Our recent and ongoing research projects include:

Graves ophthalmopathy

  • Effectiveness of different orbital decompression techniques
  • Outcomes of patients who have treatment for very asymmetric eye changes
  • Outcomes of orbital decompression in patients who have previously had orbital radiation
  • Outcomes of different eye muscle surgery techniques
  • Efficacy of novel medical treatments, including randomized trial to evaluate efficacy of Rituxan (NIH-funded study in collaboration with the Endocrinology division)
  • Development of techniques to assess the impact of Graves' ophthalmopathy on quality of life (NIH-funded study)

Eyelid disorders

  • Evaluation of what type of visual field test is best for detecting droopy lids

Lacrimal (tear drainage) disorders

  • Lacrimal (tear duct) obstruction diagnosis and treatment
  • Evaluation of long-term outcomes of treatment for canaliculitis

Orbital (eye socket) tumors and disorders

  • Diagnosis and management of tumors involving the nose and sinuses with extension into the tear duct and orbital tissues
  • Cataloging, treating, and following patients with orbital tumors
  • Diagnosis and treatment of orbital lymphomas with monoclonal antibodies
  • Gamma knife treatment for dural cavernous sinus fistulas unsuitable for treatment with traditional neurovascular techniques
  • Management of orbital inflammations with new medical treatments
  • Comprehensive evaluation and treatment for patients with Wegener granulomatosis