Child Undergoes Rare Eyelid Surgery at St. Vincent Medical Center

St. Vincent Medical Center’s ophthalmic plastic surgeon Robert Levine, MD performed a rare operation to successfully restore Daniela’s eyesight in her right eye. Daniela underwent four hours of surgery at St. Vincent Medical Center on Feb. 1, an operation called, “reanimation of the eyelid with a palpebral spring.” Dr. Levine implanted a tiny spring in her upper eyelid and a Medpor plastic implant in her lower eyelid to keep it from sagging.

Today Daniela flies home to New Jersey with her mother, seeing out of her right eye and taking along a contact lens to have fitted by her ophthalmologist, Dr. Roger Turbin at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.