The Ophthalmology Service is dedicated to providing state-of-the-art medical and surgical eye care to active duty soldiers, retired military beneficiaries and their dependents. We have two board eligible comprehensive ophthalmologists, one board certified pediatric ophthalmologist, and one board certified comprehensive ophthalmologist in full-time staff positions. The eye care that we provide includes the medical, surgical, and laser treatment of eye trauma, cataract, glaucoma, diabetic eye disease, and strabismus. We evaluate and treat over 14,000 eye patients and perform more than 1,000 major eye operations annually.
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Cataracts: Screenings for cataract or following known cataracts should be performed during an optometry exam. Diabetes: Screenings for diabetic retinopathy are performed annually.
Type one: Patients with Type 1 diabetes should have annual screenings for diabetic retinopathy beginning 5 years after diagnosis.
Type two: Patients with Type 2 diabetes should have an exam at the time of diagnosis as a routine referral to ophthalmology and annual exams thereafter.
Glaucoma: Routine glaucoma screenings are not performed by ophthalmology but should be part of a routine optometry exam.
Hypertension: Typically there is no indication for routine hypertensive retinopathy screenings.
Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis: Seen upon diagnosis and typically every three months from then on depending on the age, ANA status, and joints involved. Please discuss referrals with the ophthalmologist.
Plaquenil: A baseline exam should be performed when starting the medication. We begin annual screening after 5 years of therapy for patients on typical doses without major risk factors. We recommend a maximum daily hydroxychloroquine dose of 5.0mg/kg real weight.
Refractive Surgery: Consults and screenings are done in the Warfighter Refractive Eye Surgery Center located on the second floor of the inpatient tower.
Retinopathy of Prematurity: Infants with a birth weight of less than or equal to 1500g or gestational age of 30 weeks or less and selected infants with a birth weight between 1500 and 2000 g or gestational age of >30 weeks with an unstable clinical course, including those requiring cardiorespiratory support and who are believed by their attending pediatrician or neonatologist to be at high risk for ROP should be screened. The timing of the first exam depends on the gestational age at birth.
School Vision Screenings: Screening for children failing school physicals is typically done by optometry.
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