All Around the Eye: The Oculoplastics Division

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All Around the Eye: the Oculoplastics Division

A retired businessman with a tumor behind his eyeball. A 16-year-old baseball player who has a fractured eye socket after being hit with a fastball. A 50-year-old teacher with double vision and eyes bulging resulting from thyroid eye disease. Patients like these, and many others with widely varying conditions, receive care from the Department of Ophthalmology’s Oculoplastics Division, which treats all disorders of, and trauma to, the eyelids,orbit, and the tear drainage system. 

“In oculoplastic and orbital surgery, we care for a greater diversity of conditions than perhaps any other subspecialty in ophthalmology,” says Bryan Winn, MD, Associate Professor of Ophthalmology, who heads the division. 

Oculoplastics has a long history at Columbia, beginning with the late Algernon Reese, MD whose text “Tumors of the Eye” was the definitive volume on the subject for many years.  With Ira Snow Jones, MD, Dr. Reese ran a children’s referral center at the Edward S. Harkness Eye Institute, where children from all over the world were examined and treated for eye tumors.  He pioneered surgical techniques to diagnose and treat tumors that surround the eye in the orbit. 

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Viewpoint is a Publication of the Edward S. Harkness Eye Institute and the Department of Ophthlamology in the College of Physicians and Surgeons.