Clinical Specialties

Ghazala A. O’Keefe, MD, with patient

Clinical Specialties

Emory Eye Center's physicians, surgeons and vision care specialists provide expert medical services in 16 subspecialties.

Cataract, Cornea and External Disease physicians are specialists in the treatment of cataracts, keratoconus, corneal abrasions, corneal transplantation, complicated cataract surgery, corneal infectious and inflammatory diseases, dry eye syndrome, conditions that affect the outer layers of the eye, and refractive errors such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. They offer state-of-the art treatment for patients seeking LASIK and Refractive Surgery, to reduce or eliminate their need for glasses or contacts for everyday life activities.

Comprehensive ophthalmologists are specialists in medical and surgical first-line treatments for disorders such as macular degeneration, tumors of the eye, uveitis, cataracts, dry eye, conjunctivitis, diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma, inherited retinal diseases and other retinal problems.

The Specialty Contact Lens Service evaluates patients of all ages and fits them with contacts to correct a variety of ocular conditions. Our specialists use the most advanced contact lens technology and instrumentation, offering every type of contact lens from basic disposable soft lenses to customized scleral, rigid gas permeable, or hybrid lenses.

Emory Eye Center's highly-skilled oculoplastic physicians offer Cosmetic Facial Services to aesthetically enhance the structures and area around the eyes. They specialize in both surgical and nonsurgical procedures designed to counteract the normal effects of aging and create a natural, healthier, more youthful appearance.

Emory Eye's Glaucoma specialists are nationally recognized for developing innovative instruments, surgical techniques and laser procedures to treat glaucoma in both adults and children.

Emory Eye Center's Ned S. Witkin Vision Rehabilitation Service (Low Vision) helps people of any age with reduced vision that neither surgery, medical treatment nor the best standard optical remedies can correct. It offers a wide variety of services and devices to help individuals with reduced vision perform their daily activities including driving, reading and recognizing faces. Numerous electronic devices are on the market today to help those with low vision. Extensive training with the devices is provided by an occupational therapist.

Neuro-ophthalmologists specialize in caring for patients with vision loss due to neurologic problems and diseases or injuries to the optic nerve and structures responsible for eye movement and pupillary function.

As one of only a few Ocular Oncology and Pathology specialty clinics in the country we provide comprehensive care to patients with eye cancers. Services include diagnosis and clinical care, as well as surgery and radiation treatments, if necessary. As part of the Emory Healthcare network in Atlanta, GA., we are uniquely situated to provide the best possible integrated, holistic clinical care and treatment options for patients.

Oculoplastics, Orbital and Cosmetic Surgery physicians perform plastic (reconstructive) surgery on the structures and area around the eyes to correct abnormalities and aesthetically enhance the appearance of patients.

Ophthalmic Genetics specialists provide world-class, personalized, precision medical information to patients with inherited eye diseases and comprehensive care for rare and complex inherited ocular conditions.  

Pediatric Ophthalmology specialists at our Georgia Lion's Children's Eye Care Center provide compassionate care to children with eye disorders ranging from general eye care and the need for eyeglasses to the diagnosis and treatment of the most complex eye diseases.

Emory Eye Center's subspecialty, Adult Strabismus, focuses on treatment of strabismus in adults and on adult strabismus research. Strabismus is an eye disorder that results in improper alignment of the eyes in about 2-4% of the population. Treatments may include glasses, eye exercises and/or surgery.

With the additions of uveitis specialists Steven Yeh and Purnima Patel, the Emory Eye Center now offers a dedicated Uveitis and Vasculitis clinical section. Uveitis is a general term describing a group of inflammatory diseases affecting the eyes that can lead to slightly reduced vision or severe vision loss if not properly treated. While uveitis may occur at any age, working-aged individuals between 20 – 50 years old are affected most frequently.

At Emory Eye Center's Vision & Optical Services, our optometrists deliver routine and annual eye exams; primary eye care including comprehensive, dilated eye exams; referrals to ophthalmologists for specialty care for eye diseases and disorders; contact lens fittings and evaluation; prescription services and vision rehabilitation services for those who are experiencing vision impairment.

Vitreoretinal Surgery and Diseases (Retina) services are increasingly needed as our aging population grows. Care includes treatment for diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration, retinal dystrophies, and uveitis, among other concerns. The Center's pioneering retinal research, such as innovative new drug treatments, clinical trials for retinal disorders and new laser treatments, aims to help revolutionize the treatment of macular degeneration, the leading cause of blindness in individuals over age 60.

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