Ophthalmology is a medical specialty devoted to the study and care of eyes and vision. A physician with advanced training in eye and vision care is called an ophthalmologist.

Specialists in Advanced Eye Care

The highly trained ophthalmologists at LewisGale Regional Health System provide a full spectrum of eye care, from prescribing glasses and contact lenses to performing eye surgery. Our evidence-based procedures include the use of advanced laser surgery.

While many eye problems are minor, some may lead to permanent vision loss or impairment. Because eye diseases don’t always have symptoms, regular checkups are the best defense for you and your family.

See an eye care professional right away if you experience:

  • A change in vision
  • Dim vision
  • The appearance of flashes of light
  • Pain
  • Double vision
  • Fluid coming from the eye
  • Inflammation

Eye Conditions We Treat

Our eye and vision care specialists are experienced in the treatment of eye disorders including:

  • Cataracts — clouded lenses
  • Glaucoma — damage to the optic nerve from excess pressure in the eye
  • Retinal disorders — problems with the nerve layer at the back of the eye
  • Macular degeneration — deterioration of the center of the retina (the macula)
  • Conjunctivitis — an infection also known as pinkeye

Neuro and Low Vision Rehabilitation

We also offer the resources of the Neuro and Low Vision Program within the LewisGale Medical Center Rehabilitation Department—the only therapy program of its kind in Southwest Virginia. The program’s advanced occupational therapy team evaluates and treats functional vision-related deficits caused by neurological disorders (including strokes and brain injuries), age-related changes, developmental issues or other medical conditions. We offer a broad range of services with the aim of maximizing the use of remaining vision. The goal of the program is to increase safety and independence for daily tasks in the home and the community.