Anophthalmia is a condition where an individual does not have an eye. This can be congenital (from birth) or acquired (through trauma, etc). Not only does missing an eye cause daily activities to be more difficult and functional issues, but it also creates a lot of emotional stress due to an "abnormal" appearance.
What is the best anophthalmia treatment?
In the past, surgeons only focused on the functional components of correcting the eyelid and surrounding areas, as well as the ability to wear a prosthetic eye. But, without addressing the aesthetic components of the eyelid and facial appearance, anophthalmia patients were still dissatisfied with the results of the surgery. Realizing this dissatisfaction, Dr. Massry developed an aesthetic approach to anophthalmia surgery to give patients not only functional results but aesthetically pleasing results.
To achieve aesthetic driven results, Dr. Massry combines traditional functional anophthalmia surgery techniques with the same aesthetic principles he applies to his cosmetic eyelid surgery cases. Utilizing this approach provides Dr. Massry's patients with the best results possible.
For patients who lost an eye due to trauma, Dr. Massry’s number one goal is to make the patient look like themselves again. To do this, Dr. Massry will make the side that has lost an eye as symmetrical as possible to the unaffected eye and eyelid. Creating this symmetry takes a very skilled surgeon, as each patient is unique and will require a customized surgery, depending on the reason for the loss of their eye and their desired results. In most cases, to create a symmetrical appearance Dr. Massry will adjust the brow, upper eyelid, and/or lower eyelid positions.
As mentioned above, Dr. Massry performs very customized procedures, so during your anophthalmia surgery consultation with him, he will assess your eyelid and eye socket to determine the best course of treatment is for your particular needs. After his examination, he will discuss the realistic expectations for what can be achieved from surgery so that both he and the patient agree on the expected outcome of the surgery.
Because of this comprehensive and customized approach, Dr. Massry is truly the best anophthalmia and prosthetic eye surgeon.
How To Find The Best Anophthalmia Surgeon
Correcting the eyelid and socket problems associated with anophthalmia is extremely specialized work and requires an experienced specialist (oculoplastic surgeon). Below are more tips on how to find the best anophthalmia surgeon.
- Only have surgery by an oculoplastic surgeon
- Make sure the surgeon is very well educated on anophthalmia and treats patients with this condition regularly
- Make sure the surgeon has skills in this aesthetic approach to anophthalmia surgery
- The surgeon should perform both aesthetic and reconstructive surgery regularly
- Ask the surgeon to show you before and after photos of other patients who had this surgery
- The surgeon should spend adequate time making sure you understand this complicated procedure
Due to his expertise in the condition and novel approach to surgery, Dr. Guy Massry is one of the world's most sought-after aesthetic anophthalmia surgeons. As such, he was featured on the hit show Dr. 90210 to help patients suffering from anophthalmia. You can watch him below!
Giving a Teenage Boy his Eye Back (Part 1)
Giving a Teenage Boy his Eye Back (Part 2)
Before & After Aesthetic Anophthalmia Surgery
Check out Dr. Massry's prosethtic eye before and after gallery.
Schedule Your Consultation With Dr. Massry!
If you or a loved one is suffering from anophthalmia, contact Dr. Massry today - 310.657.4302! His unparalleled experience in the treating the condition will give you or your loved one the best results possible.