Not so long ago, it would have been difficult to imagine someone in their 80s being able to read, sew, watch television or even drive a car without wearing glasses. But that’s exactly what technology has done for us—it has given ophthalmologists the ability to help their patients do whatever they wish without the need for corrective eye wear, according to Dr. Michael Donahoe of Ophthalmology Consultants.
“All of our surgeons use cutting-edge technology in lens implants for cataract patients, which provides a greatly reduced dependency on glasses in many instances,” Donahoe notes. “It gives our patients the ability to see well both far away and close up.” The medical staff at the practice is comprised of six ophthalmologists, including Donahoe, along with Drs. Joseph Gira, Robert Yoselevsky, Steven Lee, Josh Amato and Senthil Krishnasamy, and one optometrist, Dr. Erin Sullivan, all of whom are board-certified.
Offering a full range of services, Ophthalmology Consultants is dedicated to using the latest technology. “Our practice is at the forefront of ophthalmology surgery with all the newest lens implants, topical anesthesia, cataract and refractive surgeries, and we have diagnostic equipment for glaucoma, cataract and retina evaluation,” Donahoe says.
The practice has two locations, including at the St. Louis Eye Surgery Center in Des Peres and at Mercy St. Louis in Creve Coeur, where an expansion will be completed this fall. “The expansion will provide more room, and we will be able to increase patient volume with quicker, more efficient service,” Donahoe says. “Our range of services includes routine eye exams, contact lens evaluation and fittings, and we also have our own optical shop where we provide eye glasses. We offer medical care for very inclusive diseases, like glaucoma-, cornea- and cataract-based surgeries.” He adds the practice plans to expand its in-house retina services with specialist Dr. Thomas Krummenacher offering additional retinal medical and surgical services.
With the unofficial start of summer already upon us, Donahoe recommends always grabbing the sunglasses on the way out the door. “I always tell my patients that, in the same way they protect their face from the harmful sunrays, they also should protect their eyes because there is a relationship between excessive UV light exposure and the both macular degeneration and cataracts.” Another suggestion regarding preventive care is annual check-ups. “It’s just as important as primary health care exams to screen for eye conditions, which means annual cataract and glaucoma screenings.”
Donahoe also places great emphasis on the importance of diabetic eye care. “Diabetes is one of the leading causes of blindness in this country, especially in the pre-senior population,” he says. “A lot of these cases could be prevented with regular examinations and catching the problems early by being screened once a year.”