Amy Marie Fowler, MD

Associate Professor of Ophthalmology
Campus mail: 2351 Erwin Road, Box 3802, Durham, NC 27705
Phone: (919) 684-4224

Amy M. Fowler, MD is an ASOPRS fellowship-trained, board-certified ophthalmologist specializing in diseases of the eyelids and lacrimal system. Her clinical interests include cosmetic and reconstructive surgery of the eyelids and peri-ocular area, treatment of blepharospasm and hemi-facial spasm with neuromodulators, as well as cosmetic rejuvenation techniques including cosmetic lasers, injectable fillers, and botulinum toxins.

She speaks frequently at both regional and national meetings. She joined the faculty of Duke Eye Center in 2020 after 13 years at UNC where she also served as the Ophthalmology Residency Program Director, Vice Chair of the Department of Ophthalmology and Director of Medical Student Education for Ophthalmology.  As part of ongoing interests in medical education, she serves as an oral board examiner for ASOPRS and the American Board of Ophthalmology.  She also continues to enjoy teaching oculofacial plastic surgery fellows and ophthalmology residents.

Education and Training

  • University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, School of Medicine, M.D. 1998
  • Duke University School of Medicine, Residency, Duke Eye Center
  • University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, School of Medicine, Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Fellowship, Unc Department Of Ophthalmology


Piezosurgery in External Dacryocystorhinostomy

BACKGROUND: Dacryocystorhinostomy (DCR) can be performed via an external or endoscopic approach. The use of ultrasonic or piezosurgery has been well described for endoscopic DCRs but is lacking for external DCRs.

Darier Disease Mimicking Basal Cell Carcinoma of the Eyelid

Darier disease is a rare autosomal dominant skin disorder that infrequently has ocular manifestations. The authors describe 2 cases of patients with known Darier disease presenting with eyelid lesions resembling basal cell carcinomas.

Botulinum Toxin in Ophthalmology

Since its introduction into clinical medicine in 1980, botulinum toxin has become a major therapeutic drug with applications valuable to many medical sub-specialties.

Dermoid cyst of conjunctival origin.

A 22-year-old man with a recurrent intraconal cystic mass of the orbit presented with proptosis, motility restriction, and optic disc edema. On initial surgery, the cyst wall showed nonkeratinized cuboidal epithelium with adnexal structures.

"Cracked-mud" ciprofloxacin precipitates on a corneal graft.

The authors describe an extreme case of ciprofloxacin deposition on the corneal graft of a 67-year-old man with a history of penetrating keratoplasty for corneal ulcer and perforation, who presented with dense, gray deposits on the anterior cornea