The Oculoplastics Department offers specialized care that focuses on the structures around the eyes.
Our board-certified specialists perform both reconstructive and cosmetic surgery as well as minimally invasive treatments with Botox and facial fillers. Patients come from throughout New England and beyond, seeking the expertise that our doctors can provide.
What is an Oculoplastic Specialist?
Oculoplastic specialists are ophthalmologists who have completed additional training and certification in the treatment of structures around the eyes, including eyelids, brows, tear ducts, orbits, forehead and cheeks.
What is the difference between an oculoplastics specialist and a plastic surgeon?
Oculoplastic surgery combines the deep knowledge and precision required for ophthalmic surgery with aesthetic and reconstructive concepts found within plastic surgery. All of our oculoplastics surgeons are board-certified ophthalmologists and have completed additional fellowship training in the subspecialty of oculoplastic surgery. Drs. Heher, Kapadia and Callahan are all certified by ASOPRS (American Society for Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery), the highest level of certification in the field.
A plastic surgeon is trained more broadly in reconstructive and cosmetic surgery of the body and face, but does not have specialized training in the area around the eyes.
Reconstructive surgery is surgery performed for medical conditions. Typical reconstructive surgeries performed by oculoplastic specialists include treatment of the following disorders:
Eyelid Reconstructive Surgery
- Drooping eyelids (ptosis)
- Skin cancers around the eyes
- Eyelid malpositions such as turning outward (ectropion) and inward (entropion)
- Eyelid lesions
- Blepharospasm (abnormal blinking or spasm of the eyelids)
Orbital Reconstructive Surgery involves the bony area of the skull which contains the eyeball and the muscles and nerves connected to it.
- Orbital tumors
- Orbital fractures
- Thyroid Eye Disease
- Removal of the eye (enucleation or evisceration)
Lacrimal Reconstructive Surgery involves the tear duct passageway from the eye to the nose.
- Blocked tear duct (nasolacrimal duct obstruction)
- Blocked tear drains (punctal stenosis)
Complex reconstructive surgery may require a team approach with other specialties such as ear nose and throat (ENT) surgeons, neurosurgeons and oncologists.
Cosmetic Treatments and Procedures
While some patients come in for medical problems, others seek consultation to help improve their facial appearance. Most will agree that the eyes are the main focus of the face and the first facial feature noticed by others. Many patients feel that their eyes make them look aged, tired or sad. Rejuvenation of the eyes can lead to a more youthful, energized look using both minimally invasive and surgical procedures such as:
- Facial fillers including Restylane, Juvederm, and Voluma
- Treatment of lines and wrinkles with Botox
- Upper blepharoplasty surgery for drooping eyelids
- Lower blepharoplasty surgery for bags under the eyes
- Botox or surgical brow lift
Why choose New England Eye Center
Our unique practice at New England Eye Center offers you the best of both worlds: the expertise and comfort of private practice physicians and the exceptional, state of the art multidisciplinary care of an academic medical center.
All of our oculoplastics specialists are board-certified by both the American Board of Ophthalmology (ABO) as well as the American Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (ASOPRS).
What to Expect at Your Visit
Patients should bring identification and insurance information to the appointment. Our experienced and knowledgeable Practice Coordinators will greet you, and gather some demographic and billing information. They will register you as a Tufts Medical Center patient and initiate your electronic health record. They may collect an insurance co-payment or a cosmetic cash fee. An ophthalmic technician may obtain some information regarding your medical history.
Your doctor will greet you and provide a thorough consultation regarding your condition and the treatment options available. While some minor medical treatments may be performed during the initial visit, many will need to be scheduled for a later date.
Minimally invasive cosmetic treatments such as Botox and facial fillers may be performed on the same day of the consultation. However, bruising may occur, particularly for filler. Recovery time is variable and can take 1-2 weeks to resolve. Patients should consider their work and social calendars when scheduling an appointment for these treatments. Cosmetic charges must be paid in full prior to treatment.
Surgeries not requiring sedation, including some blepharoplasties, may be performed in our full-equipped procedure room on the 11th floor.
However, many procedures require sedation and/or some patients may prefer sedation even when not absolutely required. Surgeries with sedation are performed at in the Ambulatory Surgical Department at Tufts Medical Center. Excellent anesthesiologists and attentive nurses work with our surgeons to provide a superb patient care experience.
Location of New England Eye Center
Driving: our Boston office is located at 260 Tremont St. in the Theater District in downtown Boston. We are on the 11th floor of the Biewend Building at Tufts Medical Center. Convenient parking is available in the Tremont St. Garage, which has direct access to the Biewend Building.
Public Transportation: New England Eye Center is easily accessible by public transportation. Tufts Medical Center has its own stop on the MBTA Orange Line.
Appointments with Dr. Callahan are also available in our Brighton office.