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Ophthalmology

  • Ophthalmologists diagnose and treat disorders and diseases of the eye.

    Ophthalmologists diagnose and treat disorders and diseases of the eye.

    We’ll help you improve and preserve you vision with treatments for a wide variety of eye disorders.

Vision is fundamental to how we interact with the world. That’s why eye problems can be so unsettling.

Ophthalmology specialists at Indiana University Health, as well as the physicians at the Glick Eye Institute and at the Riley Hospital for Children Pediatric Eye Clinic, are among the best in Indiana. We have extensive experience diagnosing and treating a full range of eye disorders.

Unlike optometrists, ophthalmologists are medical doctors, with full medical training. This means that our specialists can provide many kinds of treatment, including surgeries that are not available from optometrists. We also have full optometry services for individuals who simply need an eye exam and corrective lenses or contacts.

We expertly treat all types of eye conditions, including:

  • Glaucoma

    Glaucoma is a disease that damages the optic nerve when pressure builds in the eye. It is often treated with eye drops or surgery. Our physicians are highly skilled and experienced in performing many kinds of glaucoma surgeries. We create individualized, comprehensive care plans for patients with glaucoma to best treat the disease.

  • Cataracts

    While cataracts may not impede your day-to-day life in their early stages, they often cause impairment as they develop because they can cause cloudy or blurry vision. At that point you may choose to have cataract surgery. During cataract surgery the natural lens that is clouded is replaced with a new, artificial lens. Our surgical options include no injection/no stitch surgery providing improved safety.

  • Diabetic Retinopathy

    Diabetes can have a dramatic impact on many parts of the body, including the eyes. Diabetic retinopathy, caused by diabetes, is the abnormal change or growth of blood vessels in the eyes. Vision loss associated with diabetic retinopathy is irreversible and ophthalmologists suggest an annual eye exam for diabetics. Treatments, including laser surgery and microscopic surgery, are available. Proper maintenance care is the best way to halt or prevent vision loss from diabetes. 

  • Macular Degeneration

    Often an age-related disease, macular degeneration is the breakdown of the eye’s macula. The macula is the part of the retina that is most sensitive to detail, allowing a person to read small print or do close up work, such as needlework. Depending on the type and severity of your macular degeneration, supplements, injections of medicines, laser treatments or other therapy can be used to treat the disease. Our physicians are highly skilled and experienced in diagnosing and choosing the proper treatment for macular degeneration.

  • Ptosis

    Ptosis, or a drooping of the eyelid, can restrict or even block vision in patients, and will not improve without treatment. It is caused by weakening of the levator muscle, which lifts the eyelid. We offer treatment of ptosis in the form of surgery. Depending on the severity of the condition, IU Health physicians may recommend part of the excess eyelid skin be removed or the reattachment of the levator muscle.

  • Children and Adolescent Eye Diseases

    Pediatric ophthalmologists treat a wide range of children’s and adolescents’ eye diseases. Our pediatric ophthalmologists treat strabismus (eye misalignment), amblyopia (lazy eye), tear duct obstructions and ptosis (drooping eyelid) along with more serious conditions such as retinoblastoma (childhood eye cancer), pediatric glaucoma and pediatric cataracts.

  • Corneal Diseases and Injuries

    Corneal disease and injury can cause swelling or scarring, which cause the cornea to distort light and impair vision. Cornea transplants and treatment for injuries are available from our highly skilled ophthalmologists.

In addition to these treatments we offer these services:

  • Adult, adolescent and children’s eye exams
  • Glaucoma surgery
  • Multifocal (bifocal) and toric (astigmatism) lens implants
  • Oculoplastic and eyelid surgery
  • Treatment for dry eye

We’re building for the future of ophthalmology

Our ophthalmologists are very active in medical education. In conjunction with Indiana University School of Medicine, our residency program is the only one in Indiana. As a result, we have trained about half of the ophthalmologists in the state. We also train medical students at the Indiana University School of Medicine to recognize eye disorders in their roles as primary care doctors and medical specialists.

We also conduct research to advance the range of treatments available for eye disorders. Some examples of our clinical research are:

  • New drugs to treat glaucoma, diabetes and macular degeneration
  • New therapies for macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy
  • Treatment of strabismus (eyes looking in different directions)

Our basic scientific research includes:

  • Molecular biology of the chemical cycle of vision
  • Treatment and cures for retinoblastoma, diabetic retinopathy and macular degeneration
  • Neurophysiology of eye movements
  • Physiology of blood flow in the eye

You can find more information about clinical trials and research at the Glick Eye Institute at the IU School of Medicine.

Learn more about eye disorders and treatments

Learn more about the most common and most complex eye conditions by visiting the EyeSmart website. This is the American Academy of Ophthalmology's public education site, and it has a wide range of information about eye care, eye disorders and other vision-related topics.


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