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Eye Care

Preserving Your Eyesight

Your eye is a complex and delicate organ, and working on it requires a high level of expertise. Whether you need the removal of a stye or a tumor, you should trust your eyes to the most skilled hands.

We diagnose and correct problems, including eye tumors, glaucoma, nerve damage and vision loss.

UVA Eye Care Services

  • UVA's eye care services include:

    • One of only five neuro-ophthalmologists in Virginia, making us a primary center for treating optic nerve conditions, brain tumors, nerve palsies and head trauma
    • One of the only practices in the region performing DSAEK (Descemet's Stripping Automated Endothelial Keratoplasty), an innovative new cornea transplant method
    • Diagnostic electroretinogram, or ERG, to diagnose diseases of the retina

    Our advanced technologies include lasers, instruments and surgical techniques, such as:

    • High-risk corneal transplants
    • Eye surgery to repair your vision
    • Treatment of cataracts with lens implants
    • Specialized computers to assess the quality of your cornea's surface
    • Early diagnosis of glaucoma

Conditions We Treat

  • Eye contusion
  • Eye tumor/choroidal melanomas
  • Eyelid bump
  • Eyelid swelling
  • Farsightedness
  • Floaters
  • Fuch's dystrophy
  • Glaucoma
  • Hordeolum (stye)
  • Iritis
  • Keratoconus (conical shape of cornea)
  • Keratoconjunctivitis sicca (dry eye)
  • Low vision

Eye Care Stories

Protect Your Eyes During the 2017 Solar Eclipse

This Monday will bring a rare, must-see event: The moon will momentarily block the sun from our view. Don’t be in the dark about how to experience…

High Eye Pressure & Glaucoma: Why an Early Diagnosis is Key

The term glaucoma refers to multiple diseases where the eye's optic nerve can become damaged. The most common kind happens as a result of high eye…

Dry Eye? Lasik Surgery May Make It Worse

Most of us have experienced dry, irritated eyes at some point, perhaps from cigarette smoke or wind. But for some, dry eye is chronic. Women and…

Eye Care News

Macular Degeneration: UVA Discovers Trigger That Leads to Vision Loss for Millions

In a major step forward in the battle against macular degeneration, the leading cause of vision loss among the elderly, researchers at the…

New dry eye drug aims to treat cause rather than mask symptoms

University of Virginia Health System researchers have developed a potential therapeutic treatment for dry eye , with human testing to start in…

Neurological eye exam? We’ve got an app for that

A team of University of Virginia physicians and biomedical engineering students have developed a smart phone application, “Pocket Eye Exam,” to…

Ophthalmology Clinical Trials

Aniridia study

UVa Health System, Department of Ophthalmology seeks children ages 5-17 years old with aniridia, as well as healthy children, to participate in…

Age Related Macular Degeneration (dry AMD) Study

The UVA Department of Ophthalmology is conducting a research study to test the safety and effectiveness of an investigational drug to treat dry…

Full-Service Eye Care at UVA

Eye Health

We care about the long-term well-being of your eyes. Use these steps to increase your eye health:

  • Practice good eye hygiene
  • Clean and care for your contact lenses
  • Use safety goggles
  • Take vitamins to slow down or prevent low vision
  • Schedule routine visits with an eye doctor when you have diabetes
  • Learn how other diseases can affect your eyes

Eventually everyone will develop cataracts. They may develop at 60 years old or at 90; there's multiple factors involved. 

Our optometrists share two pieces of advice for maintaining eye health:

  1. Get annual dilated eye exams so your doctor can properly evaluate your eyes and provide suitable treatment. 
  2. Don't sleep in contact lenses. It can lead to an increased chance of infection and significantly affect your vision. 

Low Vision Support Group

  • Join us for this free monthly seminar and discussion group. Find out about new treatments, research and resources and get support.

    When: 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m., third Monday, March - November

    Where: Westminster-Canterbury, Pantops

    For more information: Contact us at 434.982.1086 

    Free parking and refreshments. No reservations needed.