Department of Ophthalmology
The Department of Ophthalmology at Wake Forest Baptist Health is one of the fastest growing eye centers in the United States with more than 120,000 patient visits annually. We successfully treat patients with the most complex and challenging eye conditions by offering the latest diagnostic evaluations, leading-edge treatments, and personal attention from some of the nation’s best ophthalmologists.
Referred by other physicians throughout North Carolina and surrounding states, patients come to our main campus located in Winston-Salem or to one of our satellite locations located in Greensboro and Mount Airy, NC. Nearly 90 percent of our full-time ophthalmologists are listed in Best Doctors in America and provide care in all specialties in ophthalmology. Specialty care is offered for cornea and external diseases; diseases of the retina and uveitis; oculofacial plastic surgery; orbital surgery; glaucoma; neuro-ophthalmic disorders; pediatric eye diseases and strabismus; and, ocular oncology.
In addition, our Comprehensive Eye Service and our Optometric Eye Service provides complete eye exams to patients without referral from another health care provider. Whether patients need a new eyeglass prescription or care for a complex eye disease, treatment can start with these services.
All of our staff ophthalmologists are faculty at the Wake Forest University School of Medicine, training the next generation of specialists in eye care. Our department offers a robust resident training program in comprehensive ophthalmology in addition to fellowships in cornea and external disease, retina-vitreous disease, and oculofacial plastic and orbital surgery.
Patients come to Wake Forest Baptist Health Eye Center for:
Leading-Edge Eye Treatments and Therapies…many pioneered by current Wake Forest ophthalmologists. Because many of our ongoing work in clinical trials, research and innovation, we offer treatments not available everywhere. An example is our recently FCA-approved EndoSerter, a hand-held instrument that performs transplant more quickly, with smaller incisions and o sutures. Another therapy explored at Wake Forest is the use of topical chemotherapy for ocular surface malignancy. We are continually exploring new therapies for diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration and uveitis as well as new treatment for strabismus and pediatric cataracts, among other conditions.
By using new approaches like these with top-line equipment and resources typically available at only large academic health institutions like Wake Forest Baptist Health, we achieve more successful outcomes in patients in common and the more difficult to treat eye conditions. Our state-of-the-art laser equipment makes LASIK and retinal surgery faster and often more comfortable. The latest ultrasonic instrumentation facilitates removal in the most challenging cataract. The use of the latest imaging devices helps us diagnose eye conditions more easily.
Genuine care and understanding from acclaimed specialists…who take time with patients to educated them on their condition and treatment options. While we see hundreds of patients daily, throughput isn’t our coal. It’s caring for and educating each patient we treat. Patient can expect personal attention from every one, including receptionists, nurses and technicians, and plenty of time face-to-face with our physicians.
One-stop multispecialty cares…since many eye diseases are connected to other systemic diseases. By offering leading-edge treatments, top-line diagnostic and surgical equipment, and personalized attention from some of the nation’s best ophthalmologists, we successfully treat patients with even the most complex and challenging eye conditions.
Our ophthalmologists are always researching and developing better treatments — and even complete cures — for many eye diseases and disorders. And they lead up-and-coming ophthalmologists at Wake Forest University School of Medicine to do the same. Our department also offers a robust resident training program and fellowships in cornea, retina and oculoplastics.