Our Ophthalmology and Visual Science team provides medical and surgical treatment of eye diseases.

We provide a wide range of medical and surgical treatments for ocular disorders involving infants, children and adults.

Services

Our faculty offers a full range of ophthalmic services including:

Screening and treatment for common eye diseases including cataracts and glaucoma.


We also offer glasses prescriptions.

Medical and surgical evaluation and management for corneal and external eye diseases, including corneal infections, cataract surgery, corneal cross-linking, corneal transplantation and laser vision correction procedures.

Comprehensive consultation and long-term care for glaucoma, including medical, laser and surgical treatment. Computerized optic disc nerve fiber layer and visual field analysis is available using state-of-the art diagnostics.

Evaluation of patients with vision disturbances caused by optic nerve disorders, visual changes caused by strokes, brain tumors, thyroid eye disease or orbital tumors, patients with visual field defects, involuntary eye spasms, pupillary abnormalities or double vision.

Evaluation of the eyelids and structures around the eyes; reconstructive surgery for treatment of injuries and congenital defects; and cosmetic surgery to address aging changes affecting the eyelids and face.


Neuro-ophthalmology consultation is available, as is ocular plastic surgery for external and eyelid defects.

Full range of eye care for children including screening exams, evaluation of strabismus (lazy eye), retinoblastoma and other eye tumors; and complex care and surgery.


Strabismus surgery is available for adults and children who have poor eye muscle alignment and need corrective surgery to improve eye coordination and binocular vision.

Evaluation of patients with disorders such as diabetic eye disease, age-related macular degeneration, retinal detachment, inherited retinal diseases, intraocular tumors and severe eye trauma. The latest in laser treatments, medical therapies and microsurgery of the vitreous and retina are available.

Our Retinal Imaging and Laser Treatment Center uses a computer to analyze retinal diseases in preparation for laser treatment. The vitreo-retinal center also specializes in difficult diagnostic problems including hereditary defects of the retina.

Your Visit

In order to maximize your experience, your visit is divided into different stages so that each team member can specialize and improve the clinic's efficiency.

After checking-in with the front desk, you will be called by a technician to escort you to a room and start your eye exam. Technicians check your vision and put eye drops in your eyes to measure eye pressure and dilate your eyes. If you need additional testing, a medical photographer will call you to take photos while you wait for the dilating drops to work.

You may encounter a resident or fellow along the way, which is a doctor enrolled in our extensive training program. This doctor will examine you with a microscope and come up with a diagnosis and plan. He or she discusses your case with the attending physician (your doctor), who confirms and explains the treatment plan with you.

After you complete your discussion with the team of doctors, you will check-out with a receptionist, who will schedule follow-up appointments and print a summary of your visit.

  • Current glasses and previous prescriptions
  • Contact lenses, prescriptions, or branded packaging
  • Medications, such as eye drops
  • Records of past eye exams
  • Someone to drive you home in case we dilate your eyes, as the drops may make your vision blurry
  • A face mask

All patients are seen in order of appointment time. Please do not worry if someone who has arrived after you is called before you, as there can be up to 9 doctors working at any one time and you may be on a different doctor’s schedule. Because of the time it takes to dilate eyes and perform testing, including diagnostic imaging, please be mindful that your visit can take up to two hours.

Dilation is an essential part of your medical eye exam. This makes the pupil (the black window of the eye) wider so that the eye doctor can see everything inside of your eyes. A small amount of dilating eye drops are given. It usually takes about 25 minutes for your pupils to fully open.

While your eyes are dilated, your vision may be blurry and you will have trouble focusing on objects close to you. You may also experience extra sensitivity to light, so we provide disposable sunglasses for you to wear after your visit.

On average, the effects of dilating eye drops last for several hours, but every person is different. To be safe, you should make arrangements to have someone drive you home after your appointment.

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The information you provide will enable us to assist you as efficiently as possible. A representative will contact you within one to two business days to help you schedule an appointment.

You can also make an appointment with our providers by:


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Filling out an online questionnaire (e-visit) to get a same-day diagnosis and treatment for common conditions.


To speak to someone directly, please call 1-888-824-0200. If you have symptoms of an urgent nature, please call your doctor or go to the emergency room immediately.


 

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