When benign and cancerous tumors behind the eyeball must be removed, important structures can be injured in the process. As this type of surgery requires a great deal of study and highly specialized training, few oculoplastic surgeons, neurosurgeons or head and neck otolaryngologists are qualified to perform it. Dr. Howard has extensive training and more than 20 years of experience in the removal of these tumors.
During your consultation, Dr. Howard will review CT or MRI scans and thoroughly explain all treatment options.
Fractures of the Eye Socket
Accidents happen and sometimes the bottom (floor) of the eye socket gets broken. This “blow out” fracture can result in permanent double vision and cause the affected eye to sink back into the socket, making it look smaller than the opposite eye. Dr. Howard specializes in the delicate repair of these fractures, resulting in a much stronger eye socket.
Thyroid Eye Disease
What is Thyroid Eye Disease?
Thyroid eye disease is often a condition related to an auto-immune disorder that affects the thyroid gland in the neck. Generally, it occurs in conjunction with a thyroid disorder called Graves’ disease. The disease can affect nearly all of the tissues that surround the eye. It causes these tissues to swell and changes their ability to function properly. Most patients who have thyroid eye disease have hyperthyroid (too much thyroid hormone in the blood), but those who have hypothyroid (too little thyroid in the blood) or euthyroid (normal thyroid levels in the blood) can be affected as well.
What are the Symptoms of Thyroid Eye Disease?
- Bulging of the eyes
- Pain, especially with movement
- Dry, irritated eyes
- Double vision
- Blurred vision
- Light sensitivity
- Redness (bloodshot eyes)
- Swelling that affects the optic nerve and that may lead to vision loss
- Color blindness
How is Thyroid Eye Disease Treated?
There are many different procedures that can deal with the manifestations of thyroid eye disease. These can range from mild procedures to major surgery. The specific cure will depend on the exact problem that is occurring. This will be discussed after a detailed consultation with Dr. Howard. These procedures are typically covered by insurance.