Advanced eye care in Virginia
The highly trained ophthalmologists at HCA Virginia use state-of-the-art technology to diagnose and effectively treat a wide range of eye diseases and conditions. From prescribing glasses and contact lenses to performing advanced laser surgery, our eye specialists are dedicated to restoring your vision so you can see life through a clear lens.
For more information about our ophthalmologic services or to find a specialist, please call our free, 24/7 Consult-A-Nurse® line.
The difference between ophthalmologists and other eye doctors
As a medical doctor, an ophthalmologist is the only type of eye care specialist who can diagnose and treat all eye conditions. They offer a variety of services, including providing visions exams, prescribing glasses or contacts and performing eye surgery.
When to see an ophthalmologist
While many eye problems are minor, some may require more complex care. Other diseases may lead to permanent vision loss or impairment if not treated promptly.
See an ophthalmologist right away if you experience:
- Changes in vision, including:
- Changes in your peripheral vision (shadows or blurriness)
- Double vision
- "Floaters" in your eyes
- Loss of or a decrease in vision
- Sudden appearance of spots or flashes of light
- Eye pain
- Eye trauma (if not serious enough for an emergency room (ER) visit)
- Fluid coming from the eye
- Physical changes such as crossed eyes or pupils pointing different directions
Eye conditions we treat
Our eye and vision specialists are experienced in the treatment of various eye disorders, including:
- Cataracts — clouded lenses
- Diabetic retinopathy — blood vessels in the eyes are affected by diabetes
- Dry eyes — eyes produce inadequate or poor-quality tears to keep them properly lubricated
- Glaucoma — damage to the optic nerve from excess pressure in the eye
- Keratoconus — thinning of the cornea causes it to bulge out in a cone shape
- Retinal detachment — retina is lifted or pulled from the wall of 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
Our ophthalmologic services
Our ophthalmologists provide a range of advanced ophthalmologic services, including but not limited to:
- Corneal transplantation — when the cornea is scarred from infection, injury or severe keratoconus (caused by excessive rubbing of the eyes, often due to eye allergies)
- Laser vision correction — for myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness) and astigmatism
- Oculoplastic surgery — plastic and reconstructive surgery of the eye and surrounding areas to correct conditions such as traumatic injuries, orbital tumors or problems with the tear ducts