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Treating and managing Facial Paralysis

Facial paralysis happens when there is a loss of facial movement usually as a result of nerve damage. The facial nerve stretches down each side of the face and allows a person to laugh, smile, frown, lift the eye brows and close the eyelids. When the nerve is functioning properly, the person doesn’t even think… Read More »


What is Oculoplastic Surgery?

Dr. Shams is an oculoplastic surgeon. This word makes little sense to most people. So, this blog will describe what an oculoplastic surgeon is and what kinds of procedures they perform. What does it mean? You can get a sense of the meaning of oculoplastic surgeon from the root, ocular, which means “of or connected… Read More »


Do People Mistakenly Think You’re Angry or Sad?

Gravity is a tireless worker, never taking a day off. While this has its value — keeping your feet on the ground — your skin’s not a fan. Gravity, the environment, stress, and the aging process make the skin all over your body sag downward. On your forehead, the result is lines and drooping brows.… Read More »


The Causes and Cures for Ptosis (droopy eyelid)

Ptosis is an odd word with a simple definition. Ptosis is the medical term for a drooping eyelid. It refers only to the upper eyelid, and if severe enough ptosis can affect the sufferer’s eyesight. Dr. Shams is an expert in diagnosing and, if necessary, surgically repairing the eyelid to restore it to its normal… Read More »


Botox — The end of the Dynamic Wrinkle

Botox has become such a household name that it’s tempting to think it’s been around for decades. Not so, at least not for cosmetic use. Botox has been around for decades for treating conditions such as eyelid spasms and TMJ symptoms. But it was not until 2002, when the FDA approved Botox for the cosmetic… Read More »


Taking Years off Those Windows to the World — Your Eyes

The eyes have it. While this is a take on the usual “ayes have it” from parliamentary procedure, it is really true — the eyes do have it. When asked, most people say the eyes are the first thing they notice when looking at another person, particularly for the first time. Unfortunately, the skin around… Read More »


Removal of Eyelid Cancer

Cancer begins when healthy cells change and grow uncontrollably, forming a cell mass called a tumor. Tumors can be simple benign growths, or cancerous. Cancerous tumors are called malignant because they can grow and spread to other parts of the body. Benign tumors can grow, but can’t spread. Eyelid cancer is broadly categorized as an… Read More »


When the Tears Won’t Stop

Everything about our eyes is complex, even the method in which they maintain moisture — tears. Usually, the eyes have just enough tear fluid continually passing through them to keep them wet. But some very young children appear to be constantly awash in tears, and they have nothing to do with any emotional causes. What… Read More »


Botox Was A Thing Before You Ever Heard About It

There’s a current little ditty that asks the question, “Is it a thing?” about certain trendy stuff. You could ask if Botox was a “thing” and the answer would be a monstrous YES! After all, ever since the FDA approved Botox for the treatment of facial wrinkles on the upper third of the face in… Read More »


Correcting an Eyelid Turning the Wrong Way

Due to various causes, a person’s eyelid can turn the wrong way. In some cases the eyelid “turns in”. In others it “turns outward.” These conditions can lead to pain, irritation, and problems with tear drainage. Dr. Shams can correct both of these eyelid conditions with surgery. Entropion Entropion is the term for when the… Read More »


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