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Eye Care

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.

Eye Care Services

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

  • 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
  • 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
  • Laser vision correction (LASIK/PRK/PTK)

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

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5 Tips to Avoid Eye Injury

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The post…

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…

Eye Care News

UVA Expanding Telehealth To Better Treat Diabetes, Heart Disease

The University of Virginia Health System is expanding its telehealth capacity to help patients across Virginia better prevent or manage chronic…

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…

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…

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.