Dr. Andrea Kossler

Ophthalmology
Palo Alto, CA
17 years experience female

Locations

Stanford Health Care

Palo Alto, CA

Address

2452, Watson Ct, Palo Alto, CA, US
Directions

My office hours

Thursday: 1:00pm - 5:00pm
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Insurances accepted

Aetna

Blue Cross of California

Blue Shield of California

Cigna

Health Plan of San Mateo

Medicare

Medi-Cal

About

Bio

Andrea Lora Kossler, MD, is Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at Stanford University School of Medicine and Co-Director of the Ophthalmic Plastic, Reconstructive Surgery and Orbital Oncology Service at the Byers Eye Institute at Stanford. She specializes in plastic and reconstructive surgery of the forehead, mid-face, and eyes. Dr. Kossler’s research interests include thyroid eye disease, orbital oncology, and neurostimulation of the lacrimal gland to treat dry eye disease. Andrea earned her medical degree from Georgetown University where she graduated summa cum laude and valedictorian. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree with highest honors from the University of Florida. She completed her residency and fellowship in Oculoplastic surgery at the number one ranked Bascom Palmer Eye Institute at the University of Miami.

Specialties
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Ophthalmology

Aesthetic Medicine

Cosmetic Surgery

Facial Plastic Surgery

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336 Agrees
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrea Kossler
Ophthalmology 17 years experience
See dermatologist : This could be various things including eczema (allergic dermatitis), rosacea or other dermatological condition. You can use a hypoallergenic skin lot... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrea Kossler
Ophthalmology 17 years experience
Sun protection: Sun spots are typically exacerbated by sun exposure, hormones and stress and are more common in medium or darkly pigmented skin. Wear sun screen, hat ... Read More
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrea Kossler
Ophthalmology 17 years experience
No: If your eye did not have a lens your vision would be very blurry. The lens helps to refract (focus) light onto the retina. It does not invert images. ... Read More
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A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrea Kossler
Ophthalmology 17 years experience
See your eye doctor: Flashes of light for a few seconds can mean a couple things and should be urgently evaluated by an ophthalmologist. If in one eye this could be tracti... Read More
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A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Andrea Kossler
Ophthalmology 17 years experience
Oculoplastic surgeon: Misdirected eyelashes (trichiasis) can be treated by an oculoplastic surgeon. Options include epilation (pulling the lashes out), cryotherapy (freezin... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrea Kossler
Ophthalmology 17 years experience
Healthy: You are young and healthy and very fortunate. Keeping up a healthy immune system includes eating well, sleeping, exercising, avoiding excess alcohol, ... Read More
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Andrea Kossler
Ophthalmology 17 years experience
Depends: Depends on how severe your dry eye is. If it is mild-moderate, often the surgeon will optimize your dry eye prior to the procedure. If it is severe yo... Read More
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A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Andrea Kossler
Ophthalmology 17 years experience
Many options: There are many good eye drops available. It depends which symptoms you aim to treat. Artificial tears (refresh, systane, genteal, optive) help to lubr... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrea Kossler
Ophthalmology 17 years experience
Should be ok: Refresh is an artificial tear lubricating drop and does not contain steroid. I recommend the preservative free formula if she uses the drops often. Pr... Read More
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A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Andrea Kossler
Ophthalmology 17 years experience
Ignore: Place 1/2 cup uncooked rice in a sock. Microwave 1 min. Apply to stye. Will stay warm 10-15 min.
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A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Andrea Kossler
Ophthalmology 17 years experience
See your eye doctor: Up to 50 % of ms patients have visual symptoms or optic neuritis as a presenting sign, however that does not mean your girlfriend has ms. There are ma... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrea Kossler
Ophthalmology 17 years experience
Vitreous detachment: You may be experiencing a posterior vitreous detachment. This is when the fluid/gel in the back of the eye separates from the retina. This is a natura... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrea Kossler
Ophthalmology 17 years experience
See ENT now: You should see an ENT doctor immediately. Daily bloody nose with headaches is not normal and needs a work up. Please do not ignore this.
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A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrea Kossler
Ophthalmology 17 years experience
See eye doctor: It is hard to say what is happening from the description, however eye pain associated with brain or back of head bleeding is not normal. If you have h... Read More
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A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrea Kossler
Ophthalmology 17 years experience
Use artificial tears: It is common for contact lens wearers to complain of dry eyes. To improve your symptoms: use artificial tears to lubricate your eyes a few times a day... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrea Kossler
Ophthalmology 17 years experience
Optometrist: You should see an optometrist (not ophthalmologist) that specializes in contact lenses. Ophthalmologists (eye surgeons) often do not fit contact lense... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrea Kossler
Ophthalmology 17 years experience
Dramamine (dimenhydrinate) : If you have a history of motion sickness on boats, planes or cars you may have these symptoms on a train (dizzy/sick). You can avoid this by looking s... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrea Kossler
Ophthalmology 17 years experience
Unlikely reaction: Dermal fillers for the eye are made up of hyaluronic acid (ha's). Ha's are a naturally occurring carbohydrates (sugar) present in our soft tissues. It... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Andrea Kossler
Ophthalmology 17 years experience
See eye doctor : Sounds like your pimple developed into a skin infection (cellulitis). Your eye doctor can determine if this is a preseptal infection (eyelid skin/musc... Read More
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrea Kossler
Ophthalmology 17 years experience
Sinus disease: It sounds like you have sinus disease. This could be sinusitis (inflammation or infection of the sinuses), sinus congestion or it could be an early si... Read More
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A 52-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrea Kossler
Ophthalmology 17 years experience
See your doctor : A persistent cough, headache and voice changed warrants a doctor visit. This may be a common cold, sore throat or viral illness but it is better to h... Read More
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A 38-year-old male asked:
Dr. Andrea Kossler
Ophthalmology 17 years experience
Complex fracture: A nasoorbitoethmoid (noe) fracture is a complex fracture that can involve the medial orbit, tear duct, ethmoid sinus, nasal bone and sometimes the bas... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrea Kossler
Ophthalmology 17 years experience
Stop and see eye MD: Zylet is a steroid and antibiotic drop. Side effects include burning, stinging, hypersensitivity or allergy. Blurry vision a rare side effect, this c... Read More
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A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrea Kossler
Ophthalmology 17 years experience
See MD ASAP: Coughing up blood and bloody tears is never normal, you should see an ENT sinus surgeon immediately for exam ; ct scan. It sounds like a problem in yo... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrea Kossler
Ophthalmology 17 years experience
See eye doctor: Anxiety does not typically cause double vision. You should see your eye doctor to rule out causes of double vision. It could be as simple a new glasse... Read More
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A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrea Kossler
Ophthalmology 17 years experience
Dermatology eval: Skin cancer can be serious and should not go without proper diagnosis and treatment. Your mother should see her dermatologist for evaluation. If the s... Read More
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A 49-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrea Kossler
Ophthalmology 17 years experience
See your eye doctor: There are various reasons for lid puffiness. These include, allergy, renal failure, medication reaction, thyroid eye disease, ; orbital inflammation. ... Read More
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A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrea Kossler
Ophthalmology 17 years experience
See your eye doctor : This could be due to a benign pituitary gland tumor (prolactinoma) producing high levels of prolactin. The most common type of pituitary gland tumor. ... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrea Kossler
Ophthalmology 17 years experience
Ocular migraine: Your age a; symptoms suggest this is an ocular migraine. Resulting in flashing lights (scintillating scotoma) ; associated with temporary vision loss ... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrea Kossler
Ophthalmology 17 years experience
No: Your nose shape will not negatively affect your eyes. If you are unhappy with your nose shape or breathing, consult an ENT surgeon to discuss options... Read More
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A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrea Kossler
Ophthalmology 17 years experience
It will go away: There is often a temporary bump after chalazion drainage. This may be due to swelling, scar tissue, or residual chalazion. The surgery will allow the ... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrea Kossler
Ophthalmology 17 years experience
See your doctor : There are many things a bump on the neck could be. Anything from a benign cyst, enlarged thyroid gland, enlarged lymph node, tumor etc. Your doctor ca... Read More
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A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Andrea Kossler
Ophthalmology 17 years experience
See your doctor : Your symptoms could be due to a variety of conditions. This could be anxiety, illness, low blood sugar, orthostatic hypotension (drop in blood pressur... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrea Kossler
Ophthalmology 17 years experience
See dermatologist: If you have mild acne try daily face wash with benzoyl peroxide and or salicylic acid to cleanse the face. If your acne is moderate or severe see your... Read More
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A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Andrea Kossler
Ophthalmology 17 years experience
Many causes: There are many causes of eye pain. Please provide additional history or symptoms so we can offer a differential diagnosis. If the eye pain is severe, ... Read More
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A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Andrea Kossler
Ophthalmology 17 years experience
Will absorb: Accutane is lipophilic (likes fat) and is absorbed by fat. It will absorb just fine with a normal fat diet. However, the efficacy has been stated to d... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrea Kossler
Ophthalmology 17 years experience
Yes: You should have a baseline dermatological exam to evaluate the mole. This is particularly important since you have discomfort and are not able to look... Read More
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A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Andrea Kossler
Ophthalmology 17 years experience
No interaction : There is no significant interaction between antibacterial eye drops and isotretinoin. You can continue to use your antibacterial eye drops under the g... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrea Kossler
Ophthalmology 17 years experience
Not likely: The axial length of the eye is the diameter or how long your eye is. A mass in the eye would not make your eye longer. The axial length can change wit... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrea Kossler
Ophthalmology 17 years experience
Not likely: Stevens-johnson syndrome targets the anterior surface ; mucous membrane of the eye which can result in severe dryness. This can be treated with artifi... Read More
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A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrea Kossler
Ophthalmology 17 years experience
Local anesthesia : If you are going to have incision and drainage of the stye (surgical treatment) your doctor will typically give you a local numbing injection while yo... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrea Kossler
Ophthalmology 17 years experience
Yes and no : Upper respiratory infections are typically contagious as they are usually caused by viruses. Sinus infections are not typically contagious but can be ... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrea Kossler
Ophthalmology 17 years experience
Not necessary: Neuromodulators (botox, xeomin (incobotulinumtoxin a) ; dysport) can weaken the muscles that animate the face and efface lines. This is an in office p... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrea Kossler
Ophthalmology 17 years experience
Possibly: If your question is "can i be an ophthalmologist", that depends on how significant your vision loss is from amblyopia. If you have severe vision loss ... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrea Kossler
Ophthalmology 17 years experience
Skin care: A proper skin care regimen can help clean and open your pores. You should use an exfoliating facial cleanser and use facial products with retinoids, g... Read More
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A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrea Kossler
Ophthalmology 17 years experience
See doctor: Rai can have many side effects including dry eyes and tear duct obstruction. You should see your eye doctor to evaluate your dry eyes. There are no re... Read More
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A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Andrea Kossler
Ophthalmology 17 years experience
See your doctor: It sounds like you are having a reaction to the antibiotics. Some antibiotics can cause upset stomach and diarrhea. This can sometimes be very severe ... Read More
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A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Andrea Kossler
Ophthalmology 17 years experience
See you doctor: Anxiety can cause some of your symptoms but may not explain all of them. You should see your doctor to rule out other conditions such as migraines, il... Read More
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A 59-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrea Kossler
Ophthalmology 17 years experience
Not associated: Nuclear sclerosis is a description of your cataract. A cataract is a clouding or opacification of the lens (nucleus in your case) inside your eye, thi... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrea Kossler
Ophthalmology 17 years experience
Will go away: This sounds like myokymia (eyelid twitching), this typically resolves on its own. It can be brought on by stress, anxiety, dry eye, caffeine and alcoh... Read More
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Mar 24, 2014
A concise answer, compassion and experience is what you will get when Dr Kossler answers one of your questions. Such a great value to the HealthTap community!
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Kossler is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Kossler is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Thank you.In UK will ask for referral to derm. Skin def still reactive
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Thanks. Won't be risking it at all. I'll just wait until he/she is bor
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Very informative, exactly what I was looking for! Thank you!

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Georgetown University School of Medicine, DC
Graduated 2006MD

Residency

Bascom Palmer Eye Institute

Residency

UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI HOSPITAL

Awards

Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology
Co-Director, Oculofacial Plastic Surgery
2012 Best Paper Orbital & Ocular Oncology, American Academy of Ophthalmology

Affiliations

American Society of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society
American Board of Ophthalmology
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