Specialty Areas


Neuro-ophthalmology focuses on the diagnosis and management of adults and children with diseases of the optic nerve and brain that affect the vision, abnormalities of the pupil, eye movement problems and double vision, orbital diseases, headaches, and unexplained visual loss. Botulinum toxin injections are available for the treatment of cranial dystonias and hemifacial spasms. Special studies include eye movement recordings of complex ocular motility disturbances, visual field testing, and neuropsychological evaluations of the visual consequences of structural and degenerative brain disorders.

Ocular Oncology

This specialty area provides comprehensive, sophisticated diagnosis and management of primary and metastatic tumors of the eyelid, eye, orbit and optic nerve. Specialists manage patients with secondary ocular effects of systemic tumors and their treatment (radiation or chemotherapy) complications.

Ocular Pathology

Our pathology services include a diagnostic pathologic evaluation of specimens from the eye, eyelid and orbit provided by an Armed Forces Institute of Pathology-trained ocular pathology specialist. Total evaluation of fresh specimens and review of microscopic slides can be provided. Special studies such as immunohistochemistry and conjunctival cytology are available.

Orbital Diseases

Orbital conditions including thyroid-related eye disease, exophthalmos, orbital inflammation and tearing problems are all managed by specialists in this area.

Orbit, Lacrimal, and Ophthalmic Plastic/ReconstructiveSurgery

Services in ophthalmic plastic and reconstructive surgery for adults and children involve the diagnosis and management of eyelid abnormalities including ptosis, entropion, ectropion, eyelid tumors, congenital abnormalities, traumatic injuries, and tearing abnormalities. Orbital conditions, including thyroid eye disease, exophthalmos, and orbital inflammations, are managed as well. A variety of cosmetic eyelid procedures are also available. Orbital and ocular ultrasonography, fine-needle aspiration biopsy and other specialized diagnostic services are readily obtainable.

The UH Eye Institute also provides care for many different types of urgent and emergency eye problems on a walk-in basis. Isolated eye trauma in an otherwise medically stable patient may be referred to the UH Eye Institute for consultation, treatment and admission.

Contact Lenses

The evaluation and management of all cosmetic and therapeutic contact lens needs are provided. Referred contact lens fittings include special rigid and soft lenses for high astigmatism, anisometropia, aphakia, corneal scars, keratoconus, penetrating keratoplasty, after refractive surgery, any other irregular corneal surface, or bandage/collagen shields. Cosmetic lens options include all types of soft, disposable, rigid, toric and bifocal lens designs. Corneal topography is commonly incorporated for difficult and therapeutic contact lens management.


Our physicians will provide consultation, therapies and management for patients with a wide variety of anterior segment diseases of the conjunctiva and cornea, and conditions requiring corneal transplantation. Special studies available include external and slit lamp photography, computerized corneal topography and Orbscan®, corneal pachymetry, endothelial photography, and confocal microscopy.


Our glaucoma-trained physicians are able to diagnose and treat patients, provide “second opinions” as needed as well as provide comprehensive care and management of patients with glaucoma. Glaucoma develops when the optic nerve has suffered some form of damage by increased pressure in the eye from an excess of fluid that does not drain well, causing increased pressure. Glaucoma may develop several ways; following an eye injury, as a side effect of certain medications, following eye surgery or other co-morbid diseases which contribute to vision loss.


Detected during routine vision-screenings, a cataract is a painless cloudy area within the eye that blocks light from reaching the retina. Although typically associated with aging populations, cataracts do occur in children, and can develop at any age from an injury to the eye, as a co-morbid affliction of diabetes or from other vision-related disease. Small incision, no stitch cataract surgery is available along with special intraocular lenses to correct presbyopia and astigmatism.

Diabetic Retinopathy

Diabetes is the leading cause of blindness. Each year you live with diabetes increases your chances of developing diabetic retinopathy. Our retina specialists are skilled to detect the early stages of the disease through a comprehensive vision screening exam with dilation. There are two classes of macular degeneration: wet and dry. Dry form manifests in a gradual manner. The wet form can be of rapid onset and sometimes can result in severe visual loss.


With UH Eye Institute, patients are sure to receive the most customized, advanced and enjoyable LASIK experience possible. Our staff is dedicated to the comfort of each patient. We offer the most advanced LASIK technology, experienced doctors and a level of service that is unmatched.

Diseases of the Eyelids and Face

The oculoplastics and reconstruction team provides medical and surgical expertise in diseases that affect the eyelids, eyebrows, face, tearing canal and orbits. The team is compromised of surgeons and medical doctors who care for adult and pediatric patients with congenital, traumatic and acquired problems that threaten vision.

Diseases of the Optic Nerve and Brain

The neuro-ophthalmology team delivers diagnostic and management consultation for adults and pediatric patients with diseases of the optic nerve and brain that affect vision; abnormalities of the pupil; eye movement problems and double vision; orbital diseases; headaches; and unexplained visual loss.

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