Advanced eye care in Salem

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

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

For more information about our ophthalmologic services or to find a specialist, please call Consult-A-Nurse® at (877) 242-2362.

While many eye problems are minor, some may require eye surgery. Other diseases may lead to permanent vision loss or impairment. Because eye diseases don't always have symptoms, regular checkups with an eye doctor 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 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—progressive worsening of the center of the retina
  • Conjunctivitis—an infection, also known as pink eye

Neuro and low vision rehabilitation

The rehabilitation services team at LewisGale Medical Center offers a Neuro and Low Vision Program—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.

The goal of the program is to increase safety and independence for daily tasks in the home and the community. We offer a broad range of services to maximize the patient's remaining vision.