This was an exciting week for our practice with Stefany, Dr. Iyengar’s surgical coordinator, being accepted to medical school. She has worked in our practice for nearly 4 years and manages Dr. Iyengar’s busy eyelid surgery schedule. We are very excited for her as she has worked very hard for this and even first-authored a publication on a rare eyelid condition earlier this year. We will be sad to see her go but hope she returns when she is finished with her medical training.
Dr. Iyengar was again asked to be the lead author in the a textbook chapter in Smith and Nesi’s Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery textbook: . This is one of the major textbooks for eyelid surgery in the United States. His chapter discusses the surgical approaches to the treatment of entropion. This is an eyelid condition where the lower eyelids turn in and the lashes rub against the eye. As one might imagine, this can be a very uncomfortable eyelid condition.
Dr. Iyengar’s article on telemedicine and global health and the way non-profit organizations are pivoting their approaches in the pandemic era was selected as the cover article for San Diego Physician Magazine, the official publication of the San Diego Medical Society. As the only surgeon in San Diego that served a year on the world’s only Flying Eye Hospital, Dr. Iyengar provides a unique experience and skillset in eyelid surgery for our San Diego community.
Caring for the eyelid trauma in nearly every hospital in North County San Diego, Dr. Iyengar was fortunate to be one of the first eye surgeons to get the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. Earlier the same week, Dr. Iyengar and our team at San Diego Eyelid Specialists received a set of masks from the Salk Institute from a patient happy with her eyelid surgery. Salk, as many know, helped develop one of the vaccines for polio.
How the world has changed…a year ago, Dr. Iyengar was spending Thanksgiving in Kumasi, Ghana with ORBIS International and the Flying Eye Hospital.
For the 5th year in a row, Dr. Iyengar was recognized by San Diego Magazine as a Top Doctor in the field of Oculoplastic Surgery–eyelid surgery. He is the only surgeon in San Diego to be recognized by his peers in the categories of Plastic Surgery and Ocular Plastic Surgery. We are proud of the number of physicians who have chosen our practice for their own eyelid surgery. This has included several plastic surgeons, dermatologists, ER physicians, orthopedic surgeons, and ophthalmologists.
Dr. Iyengar and his surgery scheduler, Stefany Acosta, saw their publication on a new eyelid syndrome published in the medical literature. This was bittersweet as our co-author, and a legend in the field of ocular pathology at Harvard’s Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary passed away– Dr. Frederick Jakobiec.
Dr. Iyengar authored an article for San Diego Physician Magazine, the official publication of the San Diego Medical Society on high velocity projectiles and eye/eyelid safety. With considerable expertise in ophthalmic trauma, Dr. Iyengar has cared for professional athletes who have had career-threatening injuries from high velocity projectiles.
Dr. Iyengar and his patient, Triple Crown winning professional baseball player Miguel Cabrera, after being hit with a high velocity projectile–a baseball.
Dr. Iyengar removed a BB from a man’s eye socket that had been present for 68 years. The story was featured in a British eye publication. In the publication, Dr. Iyengar, an eyelid surgeon, is referred to as “Mr. Iyengar” since the British system uses the “Mr.” designation for surgeons. You can read this story here:
Dr.Iyengar recognized for his work in the United Kingdom
Stefany Acosta, Dr. Iyengar’s eyelid surgery scheduler, submitted an article to Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery about a previously undescribed eyelid syndrome that Dr. Iyengar had seen while traveling the world during one of his volunteer surgical missions in Deir Ezzor, Syria. This article was accepted for publication in the most prestigious medical journal in the world for eyelid surgery.
On June 20, Dr. Iyengar will be an invited guest on a virtual panel of surgeons from around the world discussing his experience as one of the American surgeons on the Flying Eye Hospital and how he balances his busy cosmetic eyelid surgery practice in San Diego with his humanitarian work around the globe. Having taught eyelid surgery, lectured, and operated over 20 countries, Dr. Iyengar brings a unique perspective for the young surgeon looking to develop their career. Please reach out to the office (858) 432-2700 if you are interested in joining this webinar or send us a DM @eyelidmd.
The American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (www.asoprs.org) and the American Academy of Ophthalmology put out a statement condemning the use of rubber bullets as they have caused vision loss and people to lose their eye. Our practice handles the bulk of complicated eye trauma in North County San Diego. Dr. Iyengar is regularly consulted by the Scripps hospitals, Tri-City Medical Center, Palomar Hospital, and Pomerado hospital for the treatment of complicated eyelid and orbital injuries. High velocity projectiles like rubber bullets can cause irreversible blindness and we hope these strong statements from surgeons and doctors who treat patients with these injuries will put an end to this practice.
Dr. Iyengar was invited to be a speaker at the Canadian Society of Ophthalmology in Vancouver, Canada, but given the COVID-19 situation around the world, he and other speakers will be presenting their talks virtually. Dr. Iyengar will be talking about global blindness and the use of telemedicine.
May 14, 2020
We are now scheduling eyelid surgery consultations in our boutique La Jolla office, located off of La Jolla Village Drive. This office brings the highest level of safety and confidential care, as only one patient is in the office at a time much like our Encinitas location.
April 22, 2020
Dr. Iyengar will be holding a webinar for eye surgeons around the country on Tepezza (teprotummab), a new medication useful for patients with thyroid eye disease. Thyroid eye disease can affect the eyelids, eye socket, eye muscles, and eye. This new drug was recently approved by the FDA and its phase 2 and phase 3 clinical trials were published here in the New England Journal of Medicine.
April 3, 2020
Dr. Iyengar will be holding a webinar for eye surgeons on Tepezza (teprotumumab), a new medication useful for patients with thyroid eye disease. Thyroid eye disease can affect the eyelids, eye socket, eye muscles, and eye. This new drug was recently approved by the FDA and its phase 2 and phase 3 clinical trials were published here in the New England Journal of Medicine.
April 2, 2020
Our new office is located in the heart of La Jolla and just across the UCSD School of Medicine. This office will offer the same boutique, personalized, expert level care we have for clients in the North County. We are now scheduling appointments for this location. Our individualized appointments limit the number of people in the waiting room and provide a more intimate setting for oculoplastic surgical care.
March 24, 2020
Our boutique practice is committed to the well-being of our community and values safety as the #1 priority. We realize many of our patients have been waiting for months for their office visit or their eyelid surgery. However, given the recent situation with Covid-19, and the below update from the American Academy of Ophthalmology, of which Dr. Iyengar is a member, we are scheduling and rescheduling appointments after April 2020 for your safety and well-being.
Thank you to our San Diego Emergency Room Physicians and local Eye Surgeons who trusted us with their own eyelids and are now keeping our community safe and healthy.
March 11, 2020
Dr. Iyengar was in Chicago this past weekend to meet with other nationally-recognized eyelid surgeons about a new medication for patients with thyroid eye disease. Thyroid eye disease can affect the eyes, eyelids, and the eye socket. The new drug will help many patients avoid surgery. Dr. Iyengar is working to bring this current treatment that was most recently published in the New England Journal of Medicine to San Diego.
February 16-18, 2020
Dr. Iyengar was an invited speaker at the International Academy of Ocularistry meeting in San Diego, CA.
January 20, 2020
ABC News covered Dr. Srinivas Iyengar’s work in Kumasi, Ghana with ORBIS International. With over a decade of experience in international work, and recognized around the globe, Dr. Iyengar handles the most challenging eyelid surgery cases in San Diego and the surrounding areas.
December 23rd , 2019
Palomar Health Eye Surgeon Shares His Skills in Africa for Thanksgiving
November 23, 2019
Dr. Srinivas Iyengar will be in Kumasi, Ghana doing volunteer eyelid surgery with ORBIS International. ORBIS is a non-profit focused on preventable blindness in the developing world. A decade ago, Dr. Iyengar was one of the two American doctors on the ORBIS Flying Eye Hospital, a DC-10 airplane with a fully functional operating room, and is returning as Volunteer Faculty to help train local doctors in the most current techniques for eyelid surgery. For more information, on Dr. Iyengar’s ORBIS Trip, please click here
November 15, 2019
Dr. Iyengar and his oculoplastic surgery colleague, Dr. Jeremiah Tao, were the keynote speakers for the San Diego Optometric Society in 2019. Dr. Iyengar presented his approach to evaluating droopy eyelids and his scarless upper eyelid surgery procedure. Optometrists in the San Diego and surrounding communities regularly refer their patients needing eyelid surgery to Dr. Iyengar.