The Ophthalmology Service is dedicated to providing comprehensive eye care to active duty soldiers, retired military beneficiaries and their dependents.
We have two board certified general ophthalmologists, one board certified pediatric ophthalmologist, and one board eligible ophthalmologist in full-time staff positions.
The comprehensive 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.
In addition, the ophthalmology service supports the full-time training of a senior resident ophthalmologist from the University of North Carolina Medical Center at Chapel Hill and we have direct affiliations with the University of North Carolina Eye Program.
We also have direct referral access to Walter Reed Army Medical Center and other military medical centers across the country.
Diabetes: Screenings for diabetic retinopathy normally are performed yearly.
Type one: First exam should be scheduled 5 years after the onset of diabetes or at the onset of puberty which ever comes first. Routine "baseline" exams upon diagnosis are not necessary.
Type two: The first screening exam should be performed upon diagnosis as a routine referral to Ophthalmology.
Hypertension: Typically there is no need for routine hypertensive retinopathy screenings.
Glaucoma: Routine glaucoma screenings are not performed by ophthalmology but should be part of a routine optometry exam.
Cataracts: Screenings for cataract or following known cataracts should be performed during an optometry exam.
Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis: Seen upon diagnosis and typically every three months from then on depending on the age, ANA status, and joints involved. Discuss with the Ophthalmologist.
Plaquenil: Prior to starting treatment and typically yearly thereafter depending on the dose and treatment duration.
PUVA: Prior to starting treatment.
Retinopathy of Prematurity: Depends on the weight , age, and oxygen status. Over 1800 grams does not need a screening. 1500 grams to 1800 grams if on oxygen for more than one month. Less than 1500 grams no matter what the oxygen status should be seen. The first screening should be at 6 weeks post partum or 34 weeks whichever is first.
School Vision Screenings: Screening for children failing school physicals typically are done by optometry.
Refractive Surgery: Consults and screenings are done by optometry.
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