Eye Problems and Diseases Overview

Eye Problems and Diseases Overview | Palm Springs Eyelid SurgeryA wide range of eye problems and diseases can affect people of different age groups. Eyelid surgery and other appropriate treatments may be used to correct these conditions. Dr. Jennifer Hui is an accomplished oculoplastic surgeon providing cutting edge treatments for a host of eye problems and diseases to patients in Palm Springs, Palm Desert, La Quinta, Coachella Valley, Riverside, Redlands, Yucaipa, Loma Linda, and surrounding locations.

 

Major Eye Conditions

Amblyopia (Lazy Eye)

Amblyopia is a vision development problem that typically affects babies and young children, and may lead to permanent vision loss if left untreated.

 

Astigmatism

Blurring of vision may occur due to astigmatism. This condition is usually caused by an irregular cornea.

 

Blepharitis

This condition involves inflammation of the eyelids. Symptoms include chronic eye irritation, watery eyes, foreign body sensation, and sensitivity to light.

 

Blurry Vision

From eye strain and fatigue to glaucoma, several causes may be responsible for blurry vision.

 

Cataracts

This condition can be corrected with surgery, and is currently the most common non-elective surgery in the US. Laser assisted cataract surgery may also be performed, which is less invasive.

 

CMV Retinitis

Nearly four in five adults have been exposed to the cytomegalovirus (CMV), but it usually affects people with weak immune systems.

 

Cornea Transplant

Diseases such as keratoconus and eye injuries may be addressed with a cornea transplant, using healthy tissue from an eye donor.

 

Detached Retina

If the patient experiences flashes of light and floating spots, it is a warning sign of detached retina. Treatment should be sought immediately.

 

Diabetic Retinopathy

Chronic diabetes can cause damage to the eye’s retina. A committed and proven eye surgeon may offer treatment for diabetic retinopathy and macular edema.

 

Double Vision (Diplopia)

Double vision may occur due to various conditions, such as cataracts and stroke.

 

Dry Eye Syndrome

Dry eye condition may be treated with eye drops, nutritional supplements, and tear duct plugs.

 

Eye Allergies

Eye allergies may commonly cause red, itchy, tearing or swollen eyes. Anti-allergic medication and avoiding allergens may be advised the treatment provider.

 

Eye Herpes

Ocular herpes is a recurrent viral infection, which may eventually cause serious loss of vision.

 

Eye Injury

Various kinds of eye injuries may occur due to accidents. The injuries may range from corneal scratches to penetrating eye wounds.

 

Eye Occlusions (Eye Strokes)

When a blockage or clot interrupts blood supply to the vital eye structures, it may cause a sudden vision loss or eye stroke.

 

Fuchs’ Corneal Dystrophy

This disease can cause vision loss and clouding of the cornea due to degeneration of the corneal endothelium and corneal edema.

 

Glaucoma

Glaucoma may cause damage to the optic nerve and reduce the field of vision. Eye drops and surgery may be the treatment options for most patients.

 

Hyperopia (Farsightedness)

Farsighted people can have poor near vision or blurred vision at all distances.

 

Myopia (Nearsightedness)

Nearsighted people can see fine up close, but distant objects are a blur.

 

Photophobia (Light Sensitivity)

Eye sensitivity to light may occur to various underlying eye conditions.

 

Ptosis (Drooping Eyelid)

Drooping eyelids can be corrected with ptosis repair surgery, which tightens the muscle that supports the upper eyelid.

Cosmetic surgery and eye surgery expert Dr. Hui receives patients from Palm Springs, Palm Desert, La Quinta, Coachella Valley, Riverside, Redlands, Yucaipa, Loma Linda, and nearby areas for various eye care procedures.


For more information about cosmetic surgery and nonsurgical eye treatments and procedures performed by Oculoplastic Eye Surgeon Dr. Jennifer Hui for patients in and around Palm Springs, La Quinta, Coachella Valley, Palm Desert, Riverside, Redlands, Yucaipa, Loma Linda, California and surrounding areas call 760.610.2677 or click here to contact us.

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Causes and Treatment of Dry Eyes

Causes and Treatment of Dry Eyes | Palm Springs Oculoplastic Surgery

Dry eyes can cause irritation and blur the vision. Timely treatment can eliminate the problem and restore healthy eyes. Dr. Jennifer Hui is a qualified expert in cosmetic surgery and eyelid surgery providing a wide range of treatments, including treatment for dry eyes.

Dr. Hui is a board certified ophthalmologist and oculoplastic surgeon providing treatments to patients in Palm Springs, Palm Desert, La Quinta, Coachella Valley, Riverside, Redlands, Yucaipa, Loma Linda, and surrounding locations.

 

Causes

Common causes of dry eyes include:

  • Aging – reduces production of tears
  • Gender – women experience dry eyes more commonly due to hormonal changes
  • Medical conditions – Diabetes, thyroid disorders, and others
  • Excessive computer use – reduced blinking
  • Medications – anti-allergic drugs such as antihistamines
  • Changes in eyelid anatomy – incomplete closing of eyelids
  • Contact lenses – frequent or regular use
  • LASIK surgery

 

Treatments

To treat dry eyes, the goal of the eye surgeon is to increase moisture to the eyes or reduce the moisture leaving the eyes. Lubricants can add moisture to the surface of the eye. Gels and artificial tears may be applied, or ointments can be used for night time usage. Tear production can be enhanced with prescription eye drops such as Restasis.

 

Artificial Tears

Artificial tears or other types of lubricant eye drops are ideal to treat mild cases of dry eyes. This treatment is usually the first step in most cases. A wide range of formulations in artificial tears are available, and the patient may not know which one to choose. Formulations with low viscosity or low thickness are watery and light, but offer quick relief with little to no blurring of vision during application. However, their soothing effect is usually short-lived.

On the other hand, formulations with high viscosity are more like a gel, and offer more sustainable lubrication. But significant blurring of vision may occur with these drops for several minutes once these are applied. Therefore, these high viscosity formulations are generally prescribed only for bedtime use. Ingredients in different formulations will determine the type of dry eye condition they may be suited for.

Some formulations may be more appropriate to treat aqueous deficiency, while some others may treat an evaporative dry eye condition more effectively. Dr. Hui receives patients from Palm Springs, Palm Desert, La Quinta, Coachella Valley, Riverside, Redlands, Yucaipa, Loma Linda, and nearby areas for dry eye treatments.

 

Restasis

Restasis are prescription eye drops to treat dry eyes. This treatment does more than just lubricate the eye surface. It helps to mitigate inflammation associated with dry eye syndrome and supports the production of natural tears to keep the eye moist. However, the results with Restasis are not immediate. The patient may be required to use these drops for at least three months to achieve full benefits.

Many people will experience a burning sensation in the eyes during the first few weeks of Restasis treatment. Patients should minimize activities that reduce the blink rate because it will typically increase the problem of dry eye syndrome.

For more information about cosmetic surgery and nonsurgical eye treatments and procedures performed by Oculoplastic Eye Surgeon Dr. Jennifer Hui for patients in and around Palm Springs, La Quinta, Coachella Valley, Palm Desert, Riverside, Redlands, Yucaipa, Loma Linda, California and surrounding areas call 760.610.2677 or click here to contact us.

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Amblyopia (Lazy Eye)

Amblyopia (Lazy Eye) | Palm Springs Eyelid Surgery | Rancho MirageLazy eye, clinically known as amblyopia, is a vision development disorder where the eye does not attain normal visual acuity even when prescription eyeglasses are used. The condition typically begins in infancy or early childhood and in most cases it affects only one eye.

If the condition of lazy eye is diagnosed and treated early, it is possible to avoid reduced vision. However, if left untreated, it may lead to severe visual disability. Experienced oculoplastic surgeon Dr. Jennifer Hui receives patients from Palm Springs, Palm Desert, La Quinta, Coachella Valley, Riverside, Redlands, Yucaipa, Loma Linda, and also many neighborhoods in this region for eyelid surgery and treatment of medical conditions such as lazy eye.

 

Symptoms

Amblyopia generally occurs in infants, which makes it difficult to detect the symptoms. Strasbisum is a common cause of lazy eye. Therefore, if the baby or a little child has crossed eyes or another eye misalignment, an eye exam with an eye care professional should be scheduled.

Another indication of amlyopia could be that the child cries or fusses when one of the eyes is covered. This screening test can be performed at home when the child is watching TV or doing another visual task. However, a comprehensive eye exam is important and cannot be substituted with home screenings.

 

Causes

Strabismic Amblyopia

In this type of amblyopia, the brain ignores the visual input from the misaligned eye in order to avoid double vision caused due to poorly aligned eyes.

 

Refractive Amplyopia

In this case, the eyes may be perfectly aligned, but the unequal refractive errors in the two eyes cause amblyopia. In this situation, the brain will rely on the eye with less refractive error and ignore the blurred vision from the other eye.

 

Deprivation Amblyopia

This condition is caused when there is an obstruction against light in the child’s eye. For instance, congenital cataract can cause such obstruction and obstruct light from entering and being focused in the eye.

 

Treatment

In a few cases of refractive lazy eye, a proper correction of the refractive errors in both eyes with glasses or contact lenses may help to restore normal vision. This will usually involve at least some patching of the ‘good’ eye in order to train the brain to pay attention to the visual input from the lazy eye.

In case of strabismic lazy eye, the eye surgeon may have to perform strabismus surgery to straighten the eyes. This will be followed by eye patching and some vision therapy to enable both eyes to work together as a team. The patient may need patching for several hours a day or the entire day for a few weeks or months.

 

Treatment in Older Kids and Adults
RevitalVision is a program to improve vision in older kids and adults suffering from lazy eye. The treatment involves 40 training sessions of 40 minutes each, conducted over several weeks. RevitalVision is an FDA approved computerized treatment for lazy eye. Dr. Hui provides lazy eye treatments to patients in Palm Springs, Palm Desert, La Quinta, Coachella Valley, Riverside, Redlands, Yucaipa, Loma Linda, and nearby areas.


For more information about cosmetic surgery and nonsurgical eye treatments and procedures performed by Oculoplastic Eye Surgeon Dr. Jennifer Hui for patients in and around Palm Springs, La Quinta, Coachella Valley, Palm Desert, Riverside, Redlands, Yucaipa, Loma Linda, California and surrounding areas call 760.610.2677 or click here to contact us.

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Eye Exams

eye surgeryEye exams are crucial to determine whether or not an individual has good eye health. Both children and adults should undergo period eye exams as a preventative measure to preserve good vision. In case of children, eye exams become more important because they may not realize if their vision is becoming weak, and an eye exam will show the accurate status.

An individual who has undergone an eyelid surgery or a medical eye care procedure should also have period eye exams to maintain a follow up on their vision. Patients in Palm Springs, Palm Desert, La Quinta, Coachella Valley, Riverside, Redlands, Yucaipa, Loma Linda, and surrounding locations can receive eye exams at the office of Dr. Jennifer Hui, who is an experienced oculoplastic surgeon in the area.  

 

Benefits

Many eye diseases may not be diagnosed without an eye exam because of the lack of obvious symptoms. An eye doctor will make use of advanced instruments such as refractors to see what lies beyond the surface of the eye. Therefore, a periodic eye exam is a pre-requisite to healthy eyes.

Patients should know that eye exams are not only meant to check the vision or keeping the prescription up to date. The exam also allows an eye doctor to check on eye pressure. If the pressure goes up and remains untreated, it may lead to glaucoma. The eye doctor will usually dilate the patient’s eye to get a clearer look at the condition.

For a diagnosis of glaucoma, diabetes or macular degeneration, the eye doctor will usually perform a dilated eye exam. If the condition is diagnosed early, it can help to prevent severe vision loss. Experienced eye surgeon Dr. Hui receives patients from Palm Springs, Palm Desert, La Quinta, Coachella Valley, Riverside, Redlands, Yucaipa, Loma Linda, and other neighborhoods in this part of the country for eye exams and various cosmetic surgery and medical eye treatment procedures.

 

Dilated Eye Exam

Dilation is a vital part of a comprehensive eye exam, which may also include tonometry, visual field test and a visual acuity test. The eye doctor will place drops in each eye to widen the pupil. Once the pupil is dilated, it will allow more light to enter the eye. The dilated eye will then be examined with the help of a special magnifying lens to have a clear view of the vital tissues at the back of the eye, including the optic nerve, the macula and the retina.

 

Diabetic Retinopathy Patients

Diabetic retinopathy is the most common diabetic eye disease and is a major cause of blindness in the US. They dilated eye exam in such patients may reveal leaking or swelling of the blood vessels in the retina. The eye care expert may also notice abnormal growth of blood vessels in the retina.

 

Glaucoma Patients

Glaucoma, a disease that damages the optic nerve, can be detected using a comprehensive dilated eye exam. In a patient suffering from glaucoma, the dilated eye exam may reveal changes and the color and shape of the optic nerve fibers. The exam may also show excessive cupping of the optic disc, which is the location where the optic nerve fibers exit the eye and enter the brain.


For more information about cosmetic surgery and nonsurgical eye treatments and procedures performed by Oculoplastic Eye Surgeon Dr. Jennifer Hui for patients in and around Palm Springs, La Quinta, Coachella Valley, Palm Desert, Riverside, Redlands, Yucaipa, Loma Linda, California and surrounding areas call 760.610.2677 or click here to contact us.

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Drooping Eyelid Ptosis Treatment without Surgery

Drooping Eyelid Ptosis Treatment without Surgery | Palm SpringsUpper eyelid hooding can occur due to an underlying condition of ptosis, commonly known as drooping eyelid. Blepharoplasty or eyelid surgery is the gold standard to address this condition, but not every patient may be ready to undergo an invasive procedure to correct the problem of drooping eyelid.

In such cases, the treatment provider may recommend non-surgical or minimally invasive treatments as a viable alternative.

Dr. Jennifer Hui is an experienced oculoplastic surgeon providing both surgical and non-surgical treatment options to address the condition of ptosis or drooping upper eyelid. Patients in Palm Springs, Palm Desert, La Quinta, Coachella Valley, Riverside, Redlands, Yucaipa, Loma Linda, and surrounding locations have an opportunity to receive these treatments from Dr. Hui.

 

10-Minute Eye Lift

A 10-minute eye lift is an innovative, minimally invasive approach to correcting the appearance of a droopy upper lid. The procedure is quick and simple, but creates highly effective outcomes. The surgeon will first mark the redundant portion of the underside of the hooded area of the upper eyelid, which is hidden from view, and then inject it with a tiny amount of local anesthetic.

Thereafter, a heated probe will be run along the marked areas until shrinkage and retraction of the hooding occurs, and the actual upper lid becomes sufficiently exposed. Once this is done, the resulting wound line is treated with an ointment to help it heal without suturing.

The technique can be used to treat both upper eyelids, and an experienced eye surgeon will take about five minutes for each eyelid. That is what gives the procedure the name of a 10-minute eye lift. Most patients will be able to return to their regular activities immediately after the procedure, but a few may like to rest for a day.

The patient will experience minor swelling, tenderness and a small amount of drainage and scabbing along the treatment line. This can be addressed simply by cleaning the area and applying a prescribed skin lubricant or antibiotic ointment. Complete healing of the wound will occur in about seven to 10 days. A thin, linear scar is likely to occur, but it will remain concealed under the now tightened and less droopy upper eyelid.

Dedicated cosmetic surgery and eye surgery expert Dr. Hui receives patients from Palm Springs, Palm Desert, La Quinta, Coachella Valley, Riverside, Redlands, Yucaipa, Loma Linda, and nearby areas for surgical as well as non-surgical procedures to improve eyelid drooping condition.

 

Additional Treatment Options

Certain prescription eye drops may be used to improve the condition of ptosis for a few hours. The treatment may be repeated everyday to maintain the look. If the muscle is causing the eyelid to close, the treatment provider may use Botox injections.

 

Various laser treatments are now available, which can be applied to tighten the upper lid skin and underlying tissue. These highly precise laser treatments can also help to reduce the effect of wrinkles, fine lines, and crow’s feet around the eyes. Cosmetic filler injections may be used in specific cases where a low brow is causing excessive skin to cover the upper lid.


For more information about cosmetic surgery and nonsurgical eye treatments and procedures performed by Oculoplastic Eye Surgeon Dr. Jennifer Hui for patients in and around Palm Springs, La Quinta, Coachella Valley, Palm Desert, Riverside, Redlands, Yucaipa, Loma Linda, California and surrounding areas call 760.610.2677 or click here to contact us.

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Eye Exams Defined

Eye Exams Defined | Palm Springs Eyelid Surgery | Palm SpringsVision is one of the most precious gifts of nature. To preserve the quality of vision, it is critical to have period eye exams. These exams are important not just for adults, but also for children, who need to be trained to stay on the path of terrific health. In case of children, eye exams are more beneficial because the child may not recognize symptoms of improper or inadequate vision on their own.

Vision correction not only provides a healthier and better quality of life, but also improves all-round performance of an adult or a child. Dr. Jennifer Hui is an experienced oculoplastic surgeon providing various cosmetic surgery as well as non-surgical eye procedures to patients in Palm Springs, Palm Desert, La Quinta, Coachella Valley, Riverside, Redlands, Yucaipa, Loma Linda, and surrounding locations.

 

Benefits of an Eye Exam

When it comes to eye disease symptoms, many American adults and children miss the mark. According to a recent survey, while almost half (47%) of American adults worry more about going blind than losing their ability to walk or hear or losing their memory, nearly one-third (30%) of them admit to not getting their eyes checked by an eye surgeon or an ophthalmologist.

An eye exam from an eye care professional helps determine whether or not an individual has good eye health. Several eye conditions do not reveal obvious symptoms, and are impossible to diagnose without a professional eye exam. Eye specialists make use of advanced instruments such as refractors, which enable them to see what lies beyond the surface.

An eye exam from a fully qualified and trained eye doctor can be the first step towards healthy eyes. Patients in Palm Springs, Palm Desert, La Quinta, Coachella Valley, Riverside, Redlands, Yucaipa, Loma Linda, and nearby areas have an opportunity to receive comprehensive eye exams and advanced treatments from eminent eyelid surgery expert Dr. Hui.

 

How does it help?

An eye exam is not just for checking the correctness of vision or to keep the patient’s prescription up to date. The exam is also a critical way for an eye care professional to check on eye pressure. If the eye pressure increases or is left untreated, it could lead to serious conditions such as glaucoma. An eye doctor will typically dilate the eye in order to have a clearer look at what is going on in the eye.

A dilated eye exam can help to determine a diagnosis of glaucoma, diabetes or even macular degeneration. When the condition is identified early, the eye care expert is in a better position to provide effective treatment and prevent severe vision loss. Vision may be progressively lost if the condition is allowed to persist without treatment.

 

Common Symptoms

In addition to periodically scheduled eye exams for everyone in the family, an individual should also contact an eye specialist when they experience certain symptoms. These may include difficulty in night vision, blurred or dim vision, sensitivity to light, frequent changes in eyeglass prescription, double vision, elevated eye pressure, or family history of eye diseases.

For more information about cosmetic surgery and nonsurgical eye treatments and procedures performed by Oculoplastic Eye Surgeon Dr. Jennifer Hui for patients in and around Palm Springs, La Quinta, Coachella Valley, Palm Desert, Riverside, Redlands, Yucaipa, Loma Linda, California and surrounding areas call 760.610.2677 or click here to contact us.

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Glaucoma Treatment

Glaucoma Treatment | Palm Springs Eye Surgeon | Palm Desert | La QuintaGlaucoma, which causes damage to the optic nerve, is considered to be the second leading cause of blindness in the world today. Open angle and narrow angle glaucoma are the two major forms of this disease. The treatment may be offered by an experienced eye surgeon with expertise in this area.

Dr. Jennifer Hui is a board certified ophthalmologist and a fully trained eyelid surgery expert providing a wide range of eye treatments and cosmetic surgery procedures to patients in Palm Springs, Palm Desert, La Quinta, Coachella Valley, Riverside, Redlands, Yucaipa, Loma Linda, and surrounding locations.

 

Treatments

Various treatment approaches are available to address glaucoma. Glaucoma drops may be prescribed to reduce eye pressure. If the eye doctor prescribes more than one type of glaucoma drop, there should be a gap of at least five minutes between them. Laser surgery may also be used in some cases to treat glaucoma. As long as eye pressure is controlled, it is possible to slow the progression of glaucoma and preserve vision.

 

Eye Drops

The patient must take the prescribed drugs regularly and precisely in order to control the eye pressure. The eye doctor should know all medications that the patient may be currently using so that there is no drug interference with the glaucoma eye drops.

To minimize the drug absorption into the bloodstream and maximize the amount of medication absorbed in the affected eye, the patient should close the eye for one to two minutes following the administering of the drops. The index finger can pressed lightly against the inferior nasal corner of the eyelid to shut the tear duct which drains into the nose.

 

Pills

In some cases, pills may be prescribed in addition to drops. The pills are designed to turn down the eye’s faucet and mitigate the fluid production. These oral medications are usually taken two to four times daily. The prescribing eye doctor should know about other medications that the patient may be taking to avoid adverse drug interactions.

Dedicated oculoplastic surgeon Dr. Hui receives patients from Palm Springs, Palm Desert, La Quinta, Coachella Valley, Riverside, Redlands, Yucaipa, Loma Linda, and nearby areas for glaucoma treatment.

 

Laser Surgery

Over the years, laser surgery has emerged as a popular option against traditional surgery to treat glaucoma. Open angle glaucoma is commonly treated with a surgery called trabeculoplasty. This procedure can be completed in less than 15 minutes. It is painless and may be performed at the surgeon’s office or an outpatient facility.

The surgeon will focus the targeted laser beam on the eye’s drain. The laser heat will change the eye’s drainage system in a subtle manner so that the aqueous fluid is able to pass more smoothly out of the drain. This enables the lowering of eye pressure.

With this procedure, many patients respond well enough to avoid traditional surgery. Medications may have to be continued for some time after the treatment. Complications with laser surgery are minimal, which is a major reason for the growing popularity of this treatment option for glaucoma.

For more information about cosmetic surgery and nonsurgical eye treatments and procedures performed by Oculoplastic Eye Surgeon Dr. Jennifer Hui for patients in and around Palm Springs, La Quinta, Coachella Valley, Palm Desert, Riverside, Redlands, Yucaipa, Loma Linda, California and surrounding areas call 760.610.2677 or click here to contact us.

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Your Palm Springs Eye Doctor

Your Palm Springs Eye Doctor | Palm Desert Oculoplastic SurgeonEyes are a highly sensitive part of the body, and any cosmetic surgery related to the eyes should ideally be performed by a surgeon with focused expertise in this area. Dr. Jennifer Hui is an eye surgeon with advanced skills and training, providing various eye procedures to patients in Palm Springs, Palm Desert, La Quinta, Coachella Valley, Riverside, Redlands, Yucaipa, Loma Linda, and surrounding locations.

 

Skill and Training in Oculoplastics

Dr. Hui completed her Ophthalmology residency as well as Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery/Orbital Oncology fellowship at the leading Bascom Palmer Eye Institute in Miami, FL. Her skill in oculoplastics allows her to optimize the functional and cosmetic outcome for patients.

As an oculoplastic surgeon, she understands the subtle eyelid anatomy and the surgical intricacies involved in this area. Her comprehension about the eyelid anatomy and its relationship to ocular function and facial expression is vital to achieving superior results when performing eyelid surgery.

 

Board Certified and Member of ASOPRS

Dr. Hui is board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology. In 2016 she was inducted as a fellow to the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (ASOPRS). This is a highly specialized group of surgeons whose expertise focuses on the eyelids, orbit and lacrimal systems. Membership is approved after completion of a rigorous fellowship as well as a thesis, written board examination and oral board examination.

 

Professional Engagements

In addition to her private practice as an eye surgeon, Dr. Hui is involved in academic and other professional engagements. She served as an Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute for three years as a member of the oculoplastics department.

She is an Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at Loma Linda University and is the sole physician in their Oculoplastics Department. She enjoys teaching the residents and the complexity of challenging cases in an academic setting. She is also an Assistant Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology at the University of California, Riverside.

Dr. Hui is a member of numerous societies, including the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the California Medical Association, and the Riverside County Medical Association. She was inducted as a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons in 2012. In her private practice, she receives patients from Palm Springs, Palm Desert, La Quinta, Coachella Valley, Riverside, Redlands, Yucaipa, Loma Linda, and nearby areas.

 

Customized Eye Treatments

Dr. Hui firmly believes that each individual’s facial and eye anatomy is unique, which deserves a unique treatment approach. She will carefully take into account the patient’s eye and facial features as well as their personal aesthetic goals to prepare a customized treatment plan.

This allows her to create more precise and effective outcomes in a less invasive manner. Patient satisfaction levels are significantly high, downtime, is reduced and the risk of complications is minimized. Dr. Hui will also strive to achieve the delicate balance between art and science in every procedure. Therefore, patients can experience results that are not only cosmetically superior, but also healthy, sustainable and more predictable.

This means patients can more quickly get on with their lives after the eyelid surgery and they can have a better understanding on what to expect when it is over with.  

For more information about cosmetic surgery and nonsurgical eye treatments and procedures performed by Oculoplastic Eye Surgeon Dr. Jennifer Hui for patients in and around Palm Springs, La Quinta, Coachella Valley, Palm Desert, Riverside, Redlands, Yucaipa, Loma Linda, California and surrounding areas call 760.610.2677 or click here to contact us.

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Blocked Tear Duct

Eyelid Lift Surgery | Blepharoplasty | Palm Springs | Rancho Mirage CAA blocked tear duct may occur in adults due to an infection, injury, or tumor. The tears cannot drain normally, leading to a watery, irritated eye. Partial or full obstruction in the tear drainage system causes this condition. However, the problem is almost always treatable, and the treatment will depend on the cause of blockage and the patient’s age and health condition.

Dr. Jennifer Hui is an experienced oculoplastic surgeon providing treatments for blocked tear duct and other conditions. Patients in Palm Springs, Palm Desert, La Quinta, Coachella Valley, Riverside, Redlands, Yucaipa, Loma Linda, and surrounding communities have an opportunity to receive medical and cosmetic surgery as well as non-surgical treatments of the eye from Dr. Hui.

Symptoms

The symptoms of a blocked tear duct include:

  • Excessive tearing
  • Redness in the eye
  • Recurrent eye inflammation or infection
  • Swelling and pain in the corner of the eye
  • Eyelid crusting
  • Pus discharge from the eyelids
  • Blurred vision

Causes

The eye surgeon will try to determine the cause in order to offer appropriate treatment for a blocked tear duct. Some of the key causes include:

  • Blockage by birth in newborns
  • Age related occurrence
  • Inflammation or infection
  • Injury or trauma
  • Tumor
  • Long-term use of certain eye drops
  • Side effect of chemotherapy

Non-Surgical Treatments

Medications

If an infection has caused the tear duct blockage, the eye surgeon may prescribe antibiotic pills or eye drops.

Massage or Wait and Watch

In newborn babies, a blocked tear duct will usually improve without any treatment. If the baby’s condition does not get better, the surgeon may recommend a special massage technique to open the membrane for tear drainage. Similarly, in case of injury, the surgeon may wait for a few months to see if the condition improves as the injury heals.

Flushing, Probing, and Dilation

In case of adults with partially narrowed puncta, the surgeon may dilate the puncta with a tiny probe and then irrigate or flush the tear duct. This treatment can be performed on an outpatient basis.

Balloon Catheter Dilation

The treatment may be used for both infants and adults with partial blockage. Following anesthesia, the surgeon will thread through the blockage and use a catheter or tube with a deflated balloon on the tip. The balloon will be inflated and deflated a few times to open the blockage.

Stenting or Intubation

A thin tube or stent is threaded through one or both puncta in the corner of the eyelid. The tubes then pass through the tear drainage system. The tubes are usually left in for about three months before they are removed.

Surgery

External or endoscopic surgery may be performed with the patient under general anesthesia. The surgeon will make an incision on the side of the nose, close to the location of the lachrymal sac. A stent will be placed in the new passageway, and the surgeon will close the incision with sutures.

Dedicated eyelid surgery expert Dr. Hui receives patients from Palm Springs, Palm Desert, La Quinta, Coachella Valley, Riverside, Redlands, Yucaipa, Loma Linda, and nearby areas for tear duct blockage treatment.

For more information about cosmetic surgery and nonsurgical eye treatments and procedures performed by Oculoplastic Eye Surgeon Dr. Jennifer Hui for patients in and around Palm Springs, La Quinta, Coachella Valley, Palm Desert, Riverside, Redlands, Yucaipa, Loma Linda, California and surrounding areas call 760.610.2677 or click here to contact us.

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Your Lower Eyelid Surgery Consultation

Once a person has decided to undergo lower eyelid cosmetic surgery, as a first step, they should schedule a consultation with the surgeon of their choice. The consultation process will be comprehensive, and the patient should participate proactively to help the surgeon create a customized surgical plan.

Dr. Jennifer Hui is a dedicated oculoplastic surgeon providing lower eyelid surgery and other innovative and advanced cosmetic procedures to patients in Palm Springs, Palm Desert, La Quinta, Coachella Valley, Riverside, Redlands, Yucaipa, Loma Linda, and surrounding communities. Dr. Hui will have a detailed consultation in order to pave the way for a successful lower eyelid surgery.

Establishing Surgical Goals

At the time of initial consultation for lower eyelid surgery, the surgeon will educate the patient about the procedure and discuss various treatment approaches and techniques. The benefits and limitations of various techniques and the estimated costs of the procedure will also be discussed. The surgeon will encourage the patient to ask questions and clarify all their doubts and concerns about the procedure and the surgeon’s practice.

The patient should share their innate aesthetic needs and desires and explain to the surgeon what about their eye appearance may be bothering them. The surgeon will incorporate this feedback to create a customized lower eyelid surgery plan, which may sometimes include additional procedures such as upper eyelid lift or brow lift.  

Health Assessment

The eye surgeon will review the patient’s medical history to determine their fitness for lower eyelid surgery. An evaluation of the eye anatomy, skin type, and elasticity, and any eye infections will also be carried out. The patient should inform the surgeon about the current medications and herbal supplements, smoking, alcohol, and past eye procedures, including LASIK.

Sometimes the surgeon may order additional diagnostic tests or seek medical clearance from the patient’s general physician. Dedicated oculoplastic surgeon Dr. Hui receives patients from Palm Springs, Palm Desert, La Quinta, Coachella Valley, Riverside, Redlands, Yucaipa, Loma Linda, and nearby areas for lower eyelid surgery.

Guidelines

The surgeon will provide certain guidelines to the patient for the preparation and post-surgical recovery. If the patient is a smoker, they will be required to quit smoking for a certain period of time prior to the lower eyelid surgery. Their schedule of prescription meds may have to be altered, and blood thinning medications and herbal supplements may have to be completed stopped for some time.

The surgeon will guide the patient to arrange for someone responsible to drive them back home after the surgery. Working people may have to apply for leave in advance because they will be required to rest at home in the first week after the procedure. The patient may also arrange for aftercare for the first two to three days or more after the surgery.

Developing Expectations

During the consultation, the surgeon may encourage the patient to review lower eyelid surgery before and after images of past patients. This will help the patient to be clear about what to expect and what not to expect from the procedure, and make a well-informed decision.

For more information about cosmetic surgery and nonsurgical eye treatments and procedures performed by Oculoplastic Eye Surgeon Dr. Jennifer Hui for patients in and around Palm Springs, La Quinta, Coachella Valley, Palm Desert, Riverside, Redlands, Yucaipa, Loma Linda, California and surrounding areas call 760.610.2677 or click here to contact us.

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