Oculoplastic Surgery

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Dr. Callahan at Callahan Eye Clinic, PC is one of the few board certified oculoplastic surgeons in Birmingham, AL. He has years of experience and can perform ophthalmic plastic and reconstructive surgery to treat any abnormalities of the eyelid and brow, issues with tear duct drainage, skin cancers of the eye, and problems with the eye socket due to age, disease or injury.

Droopy Eyelid Repair (Blepharoplasty)

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Over time, your upper and/or lower eyelids may become "droopy" or "baggy" because the eyelid skin stretches, muscles weaken, and fat pockets bulge and become more prominent around the eyes. Aesthetically, such conditions may detract from the overall attractiveness of one's eyes and cause a "tired" or older appearance. When severe, these conditions also may cause functional problems, such as impaired field of vision or difficulty wearing glasses.
 
The goal of this eyelid surgery is to reduce the "baggy" or sagging tissues, which may include skin, muscle, and fat pockets and can provide both cosmetic and functional improvement with minimal risk of serious problems.

Ptosis Repair

 ptosis-repair-web.jpgPtosis, both acquired and congenital, is the medical term used for drooping of the upper eyelid, a condition that may affect one or both eyes. When the edge of the upper eyelid falls, it may block the upper field of your vision. Symptoms of ptosis include a decreased ability to keep your eyes open, eye strain and eyebrow fatigue from the increased effort needed to raise your eyelids, and fatigue, especially when reading. In severe cases, it may be necessary to tilt your head back or lift the eyelid with a finger in order to see out from under the drooping eyelid(s).


Entropion Repair

Entropion-repair-web.jpgEntropion is the medical term used to describe a condition where the lower eyelid and eyelashes turn or roll inward towards the eye. This causes the eyelid and its lashes to constantly rub against the cornea (the front part of the eye) and conjunctiva (the mucous membrane that protects the eye). and if not repaired, could cause permanent damage to the eye.

Ectropion Repair

ectropion-repair-web.jpgEctropion is the medical term used to describe an abnormal lower eyelid that runs outward and no longer touches the eye. As a result, the conjunctiva (the mucous membrane that lines the eyelid) may become red and exposed. It can cause chronic irritation to the eyelid and the eye resulting in excessive tearing, crusting of eyelid and mucus discharge, infection, irritation of the cornea (the front part of the eye), and impaired vision.

Nasolacrimal Duct Surgery (DCR)

DCR-web.jpgPatients that have constant tearing due to their nasolacrimal ducts being obstructed are candidates for nasolacrimal duct surgery, specifically called Dacryocystorhinostomy (DCR). Obstructed tear ducts can lead to tearing, blurry vision, irritation, and when untreated can develop infection. For patients undergoing a DCR, a small incision is made on the side of the nose and a hole is created through the bone of the nose. A stent is inserted through the nasal passageway and the passageways that drain tears from the eye in order to alleviate excessive tearing.

 

 

 

Mohs Repair (Cancer Removal & Reconstruction)

Mohs surgery is a surgical technique for the total removal of skin cancer. This method is more precise than others because a complete microscopic examination is done on the tissues removed during the surgery. This ensures that no skin cancer is left behind to redevelop in the future. Following this surgery, Dr. Callahan steps in to repair the area where the compromised tissue was removed. Often after cancerous tissue is removed around or near the eyes, there are cosmetic or functional changes that occur. Dr. Callahan uses skin grafts to repair this area to minimize the amount of cosmetic or functional change due to the procedure. 


 

Schedule An Appointment

To get started at Callahan Eye Clinic, simply book an appointment and one of our team members will reach out to you to confirm an appointment time. If you would like to learn more about other procedures offered at our Birmingham, Alabama eye clinic, feel free to browse our website to learn more.

Korn, Bobby S., and Don O. Kikkawa. Video Atlas of Oculofacial plastic and reconstructive surgery. Elsevier Health Sciences, 2016.