Eye Institute – West OpensAs the population of Milwaukee’s far western suburbs grows, so does its need for access to highly specialized eye care. In response to that growing need, the Eye Institute has opened a satellite clinic in Pewaukee, located just north of I-94, off Hwy 164.
The state-of-the-art Eye Institute – West was created to handle two subspecialties: retinal diseases & surgery, and pediatric ophthalmology. The 2,500 square-foot satellite office is well positioned to serve patients from Waukesha County, western Milwaukee County, Jefferson County, and parts of Dodge and Walworth counties. Patients will be seen on a referral-only basis. Referrals can be made by any physician.
Eye Institute retinal specialists are specially trained to provide diagnosis and treatment of a range of sight-threatening retinal conditions, including diabetic retinopathy, age-related macular degeneration, macular holes, and retinal detachments. Diabetic retinopathy and age-related macular degeneration are among the most common causes of vision loss in adults. The latest diagnostic imaging technologies and treatment options to preserve visual function and maintain quality of life will be available at the Eye Institute – West.
Management of visual problems in children requires the expertise of specially trained pediatric ophthalmologists. The Eye Institute – West has two such specialists available to diagnose and treat disorders such as amblyopia, strabismus, and nasolacrimal duct obstruction, as well as pediatric cataract and glaucoma. Amblyopia, also known as “lazy eye,” is the most common cause of visual impairment in children. Faculty and staff at the Eye Institute – West will also provide technical expertise in specialized measurement of eye alignment, which is essential for management of strabismus.
“The Waukesha area has outstanding community ophthalmologists who provide excellent eye care to their patients,” said Dale Heuer, MD, Medical College of Wisconsin ophthalmologist and medical director of the Eye Institute. “Our hope is to continue to support the local ophthalmologists with whom we have had collegial relationships for many years, while providing their patients to the west easier access to Eye Institute subspecialty treatment options.”
Located on the Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin campus, the Eye Institute is a national leader as a full-service academic ophthalmology program. With an emphasis on subspecialty eye care, department faculty provide comprehensive diagnosis and treatment, and assist physicians in the community with complicated and difficult-to-treat vision disorders and injuries.
The Eye Institute’s 17 physicians and four optometrists handle everything from eye injuries to cornea transplants and other complex surgeries for which the expertise of multiple surgeons from several subspecialties is required.
In addition to providing clinical services, the Eye Institute is also a scientific research center. Six basic scientists are engaged in cutting-edge cellular and genetic research into the causes and subsequent development of various eye diseases.
“Since we opened in 1976, we have been committed to investigating the ‘how’ and ‘why’ of visual disorders. Advances in technology have allowed us to refine our research and improve our understanding of the development of disease, such that we can more effectively diagnose and treat visual problems,” Dr. Heuer said.
Source: Every Day
Date: Aug - Dec 2006