Dr. Jennifer Hui, an experienced oculoplastic surgeon with a board certification from the American Board of Ophthalmology, provides state of the art treatments to her patients in Palm Springs and Palm Desert, CA. She is also an Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at Loma Linda University and is the sole physician in their Oculoplastics Department.
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Who is an Oculoplastic Surgeon?
An oculoplastic surgeon has a minimum skill set that includes three years of residency training in Ophthalmology and another two years of fellowship training in Oculoplastics, which is Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. An oculplastic surgeon has a detailed understanding of the complex eyelid anatomy, its relationship with ocular function and facial expression, and the intricacies of eyelid surgery.
As an oculoplastic surgeon in Palm Springs and Palm Desert, CA, Dr. Hui, provides treatment for a range of eye related disorders. She has been featured in an American Health Journal video that lists some of the eye problems that are treated by Dr. Hui:
- Eyelid disorder – excessive tearing
- Surface disorders of the eye
- Blockage in the tear drainage
- Dry eyes
- Eyelashes not closing all the way
- Eye injuries – trauma
- Cosmetic eyelid surgery
- Reconstructive eyelid surgery
Eyelid malposition conditions such as ectropion and entropion may occur due to increased eyelid laxity. This may occur with age or as a fallout of a previous facial or eyelid surgery. When the eyelid margin turns inward, it is called entropion, while the outward turning of lashes and lower eyelid margin is called ectropion. These malpositions can cause dryness in the eye and sensation of the presence of a foreign object. An outpatient surgery can be performed to correct these conditions.
Eyelid Surgery Repair
Basal skin carcinoma may impact the eyelid in some cases. The removal of this tumor is usually performed by a dermatologist specializing in Mohs technique. Following the tumor removal, an ocuplastic surgeon can reconstruct the eyelid and provide the best possible functional and aesthetic restoration. Dr. Hui is an experienced surgeon for eyelid surgery repair and reconstruction in Palm Springs and Palm Desert, CA.
Orbital bones around the eye provide protection to the globe against trauma. In a facial injury, these bones take the maximum impact, which can cause an orbital fracture. The surgeon will first make a careful ophthalmic evaluation to ensure that the eye has not suffered an injury. The surrounding injuries will be assessed and appropriate treatment will follow.
If the upper eyelid is sagging, it is called ptosis. The field of vision can be obstructed in this condition. The patient may find it difficult to keep the eyes open, eyes may suffer constant strain, and eyebrow fatigue may be experienced due to the extra effort made to raise the eyelids. Ptosis may affect a patient at any age, and a number of causes may be responsible for this condition. The treatment technique will be chosen based on the cause of ptosis. The procedure is typically performed on an outpatient basis.
Thyroid Eye Disease
A thyroid related disorder called Graves’ Ophthalmopathy may cause inflammation of the eye muscles. The muscles may enlarge within the eye socket, causing the eyes to bulge. A constant stare may occur and the eyelids may retract. The eyelids may not close often, leading to drying of the eye surface. The optic nerve will receive excessive pressure due to the swollen muscles. This can pose the risk of vision loss, which is the most serious outcome of Grave’s disease.
Treatment for this condition includes addressing the underlying condition of the hormones. A range of other procedures and treatments are also available to reduce the ocular symptoms. If medical therapy cannot reduce muscle swelling successfully, an oculoplastic surgeon may perform an orbital decompression. This can create more space around the eyes and reduce the level of bulging.
The expertise of an oculoplastic surgeon includes a close understanding of the intricate eyelid anatomy and function as well as its relationship with facial expression and ocular function. This detailed knowledge helps ensure optimal outcomes with botulinum toxin around the eyes. The use of this injectable treatment can avoid the need for eyelid surgery.
The surgeon may apply Botox to treat the condition of involuntary eyelid spasms or blepharospasm, crossed eyes, and hemi-facial spasms. From a cosmetic perspective, Botox can help reduce frown lines on the forehead and crow’s feet around the eyes. Both these cosmetic applications with Botox are FDA-approved.