Oculoplastics, Orbital and Cosmetic Surgery



Hee Joon Kim, MD
Ted H. Wojno, MD


Oculoplastics combines advanced training in ophthalmology with specialization in plastic and reconstructive surgery.  Oculoplastic surgery is performed on children and adults to correct or treat disorders – from the most common to the rarest – of the eyelids, tear production and drainage (lacrimal) system, brows, the area of the face adjacent to the eye, and the bones around the eye. 

Our oculoplastic surgeons, also known as eye plastic or oculo-facial surgeons, also perform cosmetic surgery and procedures [see: Cosmetic Facial Services] that seek to enhance the appearance of patients.

Ted Wojno, MD, is the director of oculoplastics at Emory Eye Center and is the James and Shirley Kuse Professor of Ophthalmology at the Emory University School of Medicine.  A thought leader in the field, Dr. Wojno is certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and is the author or co-author of more than 80 articles in peer-reviewed medical journals including Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Ophthalmology, Archives of Ophthalmology, and Aesthetic Surgery Journal. Dr. Wojno has written and edited numerous books and book chapters in the field. He has delivered more than 140 talks at local, national, and international meetings.

H. Joon Kim, MD, is an assistant professor in the section of Oculoplastics, Orbital, and Cosmetic Surgery, and has been with the Emory Eye Center since 2010. She is board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and specializes in the medical and surgical management of both adults and children with eyelid, eye socket, and tear duct problems. Dr. Kim contributes significantly with her diverse array of research interests and has presented at numerous national and international meetings.

She provides care at the Emory Eye Center, Emory at St. Joseph’s Hospital, and Children’s Hospital of Atlanta/Egleston. She greatly enjoys teaching residents and fellows at the Atlanta VA Medical Center and Grady Memorial Hospital. She also serves as one of the team physicians for the Atlanta Hawks.

Reconstructive Surgery and Procedures

As with cosmetic eyelid surgery, reconstructive procedures can be performed under sedation or general anesthesia and are most often outpatient procedures.

Because of the delicate nature of the surrounding tissues, there will often be bruising and swelling present for one to two weeks following surgery. Ice, pain medications and lubricants are important components of the post-operative care regimen. Sutures are usually removed seven days after the surgery.

Procedures correct deformities caused by:

• Ptosis: droopy upper eyelids in children and adults
• Entropion: inward turning of the eyelids
• Ectropion: outward turning of the eyelids
• Retraction of the eyelids caused from birth defects or thyroid diseases, such as Graves' disease
• Skin cancer or injuries
• Artificial eyes and eye socket surgery

Lower Lid Procedures

For lower-lid procedures, the lids are typically elevated and tightened with canthoplasty (surgery to the area where the upper and lower lids meet) to re-suspend them and reduce symptoms of redness and irritation from corneal exposure.

Tear Duct Surgery

Tear duct surgery, dacryocystorhinostomy (DCR) or Jones tube placement (artificial tear duct), is performed to repair a blockage of the tear duct that can cause excessive watering or recurrent infections. This condition is commonly caused by a previous infection or trauma, or may occur with aging. This surgery is highly successful and long lasting.

Orbital Surgery

This is surgery within the bony portion of the eye socket to reposition the bones or remove tumors that may occur within the socket. A procedure called orbital decompression is used to correct the appearance of protruding eyes often caused by Graves' disease or hyperthyroidism. The bony socket is expanded to accommodate the swelling and extra tissue deposited behind the eye. The surgeons work closely with the patient's endocrinologist to determine the best conditions for the procedure.

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