The Oculoplastic and Orbital Surgery Service has a long tradition of excellence at New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai (NYEE). This specialty began more than 70 years ago at NYEE and has continued its mission to provide outstanding specialty patient care and education for residents and fellows.
Ophthalmic plastic and reconstructive surgeons perform all types of corrective and cosmetic surgery to the eyelids, eyebrow, forehead, and tear duct system as well as repair orbital trauma and congenital problems in adults and children.
They also treat systemic illnesses including thyroid disease and lymphoproliferative disorders that may affect the orbit (eye socket). NYEE ophthalmic plastic surgeons and otolaryngology team members work closely together in cases where surgery might involve the nearby sinuses.
This subspecialty sees patients with Graves' disease, orbital fractures, nasolacrimal duct obstructions, periorbital and eyelid neoplasms, entropion and ectropion, and ptosis.
The Oculoplastic and Orbital Clinic meets twice weekly, Wednesday and Friday mornings. During these sessions, patients are evaluated by residents and attendings in order to establish a diagnosis and a comprehensive treatment plan. Approximately 1,800 patients a year are seen in the clinic and more than 350 major surgical procedures and 300 minor procedures performed, mostly on an outpatient basis.
As well as our ongoing, established work, we are excited about upcoming clinical research projects including a retrospective study of visual results following orbital decompression utilizing combined endoscopic and orbital approaches to the orbit to treat compression and visual loss associated with thyroid eye disease. Prospective clinical studies involving several aspects of thyroid eye disease are also planned.
In the clinics, we evaluate a large number of patients initially seen on the Ocular Trauma service with complicated trauma to the orbit and eyelids. Fracture repair techniques and results associated with co-existent ocular trauma are being studied. Inflammatory diseases of the orbit are challenging and, in conjunction with the Pathology department, we plan on conducting multifaceted studies to define immunological causes of this disease. We are grateful for the strong support of the Geraldine S Violett Foundation in conducting these works.