Oculoplastics & Reconstructive Surgery
Oculoplastics & Reconstructive Surgery focuses on corrective and cosmetic eye surgery related to the eyelids, eyebrow, forehead, and tear duct system. These surgeons also repair orbital trauma and congenital eye defects in children and adults.
Physicians in this field are ophthalmologists who have received additional training in plastic surgery, and they are experts in conditions and treatments of the delicate eye area including:
- Droopy eyelid (Ptosis)
- Thyroid eye disease
- Tear duct obstruction
In addition to reconstructive surgery, which restores form or function to the eye after disease, trauma or injury, oculoplastic surgeons also provide cosmetic services for the eyelids, brow and face to refresh and renew. This includes popular cosmetic procedures such as Botox and facial fillers. Botox was first approved to treat blepharospasm (eyelid spasms) and strabismus in the 1980s and it continues to be an effective treatment for these conditions.
Callahan is the only full-service facility in Alabama specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of the eye and one of only a few worldwide that is entirely devoted to advancements in ophthalmology. That reputation is supported by 16 operating rooms dedicated to eye surgery and a 24/7 eye emergency room that is the region’s only Level I Ocular Trauma Center. More than 11,000 surgeries are performed at UAB Callahan Eye Hospital each year, and we conduct more reconstructive eye procedures than any other facility in the world.
Our facility is home to more than two dozen ophthalmologists, many of whom are named among the top doctors in their fields nationally. Callahan is widely recognized for excellence in patient care, having consistently earned prestigious awards from health care consulting group Press Ganey, and in 2017 Callahan was named as one of the “100 Great Places to Work in Healthcare” by Becker’s Hospital Review.
Callahan also is known for pioneering developments in surgical instruments, devices, and procedures used by ophthalmologists across the globe. As part of the UAB Medicine academic medical center, Callahan is actively involved in ongoing research and clinical trials. Many of our ophthalmologists have received funding from prestigious research organizations and institutions and collaborate in clinical care to bring the latest in scientific discovery to our patients.
The Red Eye: What Primary Care Physicians Need to Know
Improving the detection of glaucoma
Glaucoma is a silent disease. It does not hurt, symptoms are slow to develop, and most people do not notice any loss of vision until it is too late. A project by ophthalmologists at UAB are examining whether a partnership with community-based optometrists will improve detection and treatment of glaucoma, especially for high-risk populations.
UAB Callahan Eye Hospital helped save a young baseball player’s career and, most importantly, his sight.
Baseball Eye Injury
College baseball player Meade Kendrick was nearly blinded by a batted ball during a practice drill. The ball hit directly on Kendrick’s left eye resulting in a severe closed-globe injury to the eye. See how Meade's vision was restored by UAB Ophthalmologist Doug Witherspoon, M.D. at the UAB Callahan Eye Hospital.
Botox is an injectable drug made from a toxin produced by a bacterium, Clostridium botulinum. In small doses, Botox injections weaken or paralyze certain muscles or block certain nerves. Doctors use it in small doses to treat various health conditions, and its effects can last up to 12 months. It is most widely known in the general public for its effectiveness in the temporary smoothing of facial wrinkles and improving a person's appearance, including reducing forehead wrinkles, frown lines, crow's feet, and more. It can soften lip lines, improve the appearance of the neck, and lift drooping corners of the mouth. It is sometimes used for problems such as severe underarm sweating, a neurological disorder that results in severe neck and shoulder muscle contractions (cervical dystonia), overactive bladder, and chronic migraine headaches. Botox also is used in treating several eye-related conditions such as uncontrolled blinking or eyelid spasms (blepharospasm), misaligned eyes (strabismus), and a side effect known as diplopia (blurred vision).
UAB is an active participant in research and clinical trials. We encourage you to speak to your physician about research and clinical trial options and browse the link below for more information.View Clinical Trials