Welcome to Oculoplastics and Orbital Surgery.

This specialty is part of Department of Ophthalmology. We are located in the Medical Office Building on the fourth floor in Department 490. The nearest parking lot is by the Homestead West Lobby entrance. Appointments are by referral only, usually from other Ophthalmologists.  

Oculoplastics deals with conditions related to the eye and its surrounding structures. Skin cancer can involve the eyelids, which is treated usually with surgical removal and the eyelids are reconstructed to make them look and work as normal as possible. Less common are tumors of the Conjunctiva (lining of the eyeball), Lacrimal gland (tear gland), Orbit (eye socket) and the eyeball itself. Because of the location of the orbit at the confluence of many vital structures, surgery and other forms of treatment sometimes require collaboration with other specialists as well.

At the initial visit, the surgeon will meet you and take a detailed history and perform a complete examination of the eye and related structures. A biopsy, if necessary, is done usually under local anesthesia in the office to establish diagnosis. After which, definitive treatment, surgical or otherwise, can be planned. Further tests, usually MRI or CT scans may be necessary, which will be arranged by the surgeon. Sometimes it may be necessary to collaborate with Departments of Dermatology (MOHS), Oncology, Radiation Oncology, Plastic Surgery, Maxillofacial Surgery, Otolaryngology or Neurosurgery. The necessary referral and evaluation appointment will be arranged by the surgeon. We are all committed to working closely with one another to provide the best care possible. Surgery to remove the cancer and reconstruct the eyelid structures is usually done in the operating room under local anesthesia with intravenous sedation in most cases, but some procedures may require a general anesthesia. Your surgeon will discuss these issues with you and proceed in the most appropriate way.

Post-operative care will require visits with the surgeon to ensure that the healing is progressing well in the near term, and that there is no recurrence of the problem in the longer term. The effects of other treatment, ie Radiation or Chemotherapy, on the eye, as well as the general health of the eye will need to be monitored over the longer term as well.

Questions regarding appointments may be directed to
Appt/Advice: 408-851-4100 from 9am to 5 pm.
Non-urgent voicemails: 408-851-4064 (24 hrs).

Opthamology Department at Kaiser Permanente Santa Clara:
Rattehalli Sudesh, MD.


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