An ophthalmic plastic and reconstructive surgeon is an ophthalmologist (medical doctor and eye surgeon) who has completed additional training in plastic surgery as it relates to the eyes and their surrounding structures. The word plastic is derived from a Greek word that means to mold or to give form. Plastic surgery is surgery that molds or reconstructs parts of the human body. Ophthalmic plastic surgery is plastic surgery that is limited to the structures surrounding the eye. Since such surgery can affect one’s ability to see, ophthalmic plastic surgeons are best qualified to perform this delicate surgery and also provide any care that the eye itself may need.
When choosing a surgeon for eyelid, lacrimal or orbital problems it is important to consider the physician’s training. Dr. Westfall and Dr. Pemberton are board certified ophthalmologists by the American Board of Ophthalmology, the oldest medical certifying Board in the United States. This means they have completed a full Ophthalmology residency of three or more years in diseases and surgery of the eyeball. In addition to this they both had further training in Oculoplastic, Orbital, and Lacrimal Surgery at Harvard Medical School/Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary.
Dr. Westfall and Dr. Pemberton have the training, experience, medical judgment, and surgical skill necessary to provide state of the art care for all eyelid, lacrimal, and orbital problems. They provide comprehensive modern management of functional and reconstructive problems such as: