Following medical school, ophthalmologists complete 3 years of comprehensive training in the diagnosis and treatment of eye diseases. Although the eye is a very small organ, it is highly complex. A small percentage of ophthalmologists pursue additional training called a fellowship in order to become an expert in one area of the eye. Outside a larger urban area, it is rare to find a practice with ONE physician with advanced training. At Medical Eye Center we have SIX.
Additional education is generally considered optional — but not to these doctors, whose priority is providing the best care possible to their patients. Dr. Jorizzo says,” During my residency I had an opportunity to spend an additional year working with one of the leading authorities in the treatment of diabetic retinopathy and age related macular degeneration. Later in my residency, I became particularly interested in glaucoma. I did a formal glaucoma fellowship after residency to enhance my ability to diagnose and manage glaucoma using medical, laser, and surgical modalities. At the Medical Eye Center I enjoy a practice that blends my cataract, glaucoma, and retina interests.”
“A fellowship is more intense and specific,” Dr. Imperia explains. “I wanted to learn the latest refractive surgery techniques — to go beyond cataract surgery and help people with ‘normal’ eyes who were as frustrated with glasses and contacts as I was before I had LASIK.”
Dr. Matt Oliva pursued an international fellowship, spending a year in Melbourne, Australia. “My fellowship really prepared me to offer the latest in cornea transplant techniques and the other complicated cornea issues we treat here.”
Dr. Craig Lemley, our newest surgeon, brings his advanced skills in medical and surgical management of vitreoretinal diseases. Dr. Lemley explains. “ Treatments for common vitreoretinal disorders are evolving rapidly, and advanced training has enabled me to provide state-of-the-art care. In addition, the techniques used in vitreoretinal surgery are highly specialized, and advanced fellowship training is paramount in managing these highly complex diseases.”