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Ophthalmology – Patient Care and Treatment

Ophthalmology – Patient Care and Treatment

Whether you’re seeking treatment for glaucoma or want a general eye exam, Penn State Eye Center doctors can provide the expert care you need. 

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or call 800-243-1455.

Comprehensive eye care in central Pennsylvania

Our team of ophthalmologists works with patients to provide a variety of specialty services.

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Please bring these items with you to your appointment:

  • Current insurance card
  • Photo ID
  • List of all your current medications, including eye drops and vitamins
  • List of allergies you have, if any
  • Prescription eyeglasses and/or contact lenses
  • Sunglasses
  • Name and address of your primary care physician
  • Questions for your doctor

Plan to be with us for at least two hours.

You will receive a comprehensive and thorough examination which may include diagnostic imaging testing or specialized treatments, depending on the doctor’s diagnosis.

Your eyes will be dilated at your first appointment and possibly during subsequent visits. Driving with fully dilated, light-sensitive eyes can be uncomfortable, so you may want to arrange for someone to drive you home.

Cornea and external disease

The Cornea and External Disease Service provides consultations for patients diagnosed with corneal infections and inflammatory diseases as well as corneal decompensation, ocular allergies, tumors, and endophthalmitis (inflammation of the ocular cavity).

Many diagnostic tools, such as specular microscopy, echography, and photokeratoscopy are used to determine the best treatment plan.

Surgical services include penetrating and lamellar keratoplasty, corneal transplants, repair of ocular trauma, application of cyanoacrylate, keratopexy,  epikeratophakia, high risk cataract extraction, secondary intra-ocular lens implantation, pterygium removal with conjunctival transplant,  and tumor biopsy and treatment. Refractive surgery and recurrent erosion diamond burr therapy are also available.

General optometry

The staff of our general Optometry service provide primary care examinations as well as diagnosis and treatment of diseases and disorders of the visual system, the eye, and associated structures. Our services include prescriptions for eyeglasses and contact lenses, low vision aids, and medicine to treat eye diseases.

Glaucoma, anterior segment and cataract

The staff of the glaucoma service diagnose and treat problems related to primary and secondary glaucoma as well as cataracts. Our surgical services include laser procedures, trabeculectomy with or without anti-metabolite, and shunt implants.

Low vision rehabilitation

Low vision refers to a significant reduction in how far and how clearly you can see. This condition cannot be corrected by medicine, surgery, or conventional corrective lenses. Our goal is to bring your remaining vision to a functional level. After a thorough examination, the use of a low vision device and subsequent training may be prescribed for the patient. Low vision devices include, but are not limited to, microscopes, magnifiers, telescopes, and closed circuit television. Dr. Marianne Boltz provides low vision services at the Penn State Eye Center.


The staff of the Neuro-Ophthalmology service provide consults about vision disturbances such as visual acuity loss; visual field loss; double vision; eye movement disorders; misalignment of the eye; involuntary facial or eye movement; lid drooping; forward displacement of the eyeball; and other visual or eye disturbances that may be caused by brain or nervous system disorders, or other medical disorders.

Ocular photography and angiography

Our ophthalmic photographers use highly specialized equipment to examine and photograph or produce images of findings in all parts of the eye. Equipment used by the photographers in the Penn State Hershey Eye Center includes, but is not limited to, photo slit-lamp bio-microscopes and contact specular microscopes.  Diagnostic procedures and studies such as goniophotography, digital fluorescein angiographyICG angiography, and fundus studies are performed by these medical photographers who have special training and certification in ophthalmic photography. The results of all studies, procedures, and photographs are reviewed by the Center's physician specialists.

Oculoplastic, orbital, and reconstructive surgery

The staff of the Oculoplastic, Orbital, and Reconstructive Surgery service diagnose and treat problems associated with the eyelids, tear glands, tear ducts, and orbit. Eyelid problems include drooping eyelids, turning out of the eyelids, in-turning of the eyelids, misdirection of eyelashes, excessive eyelid skin, eye muscle spasms, eyelid injuries, inflammations, and tumors. Tear system problems include tear gland tumors and excessive tearing; abnormalities, obstructions and injuries of the tear duct; and infection of the tear sac. Orbital disorders often cause prominence of the eye and consist of Graves' Disease (thyroid eye disease), inflammations and infections of the orbit, orbital tumors, injuries and fractures of the orbit, and eye socket problems.

Ophthalmic pathology

The Ophthalmic Pathology service functions in coordination with laboratory medicine to provide a broad range of diagnostic services in the area of ophthalmic pathology. These services include immuno-histochemical studies as well as light and electron microscopy.

Pediatric ophthalmology

We diagnose and treat most eye problems for children through age 16. Conditions treated include strabismus (eye misalignment), amblyopia (lazy eye), and cataracts. Learn more at Children’s Hospital Pediatric Ophthalmology.

Retinal and vitreous diseases

The staff of the Retinal and Vitreous Disease service treat diseases of the retina and the vitreous (gel-like substance filling the back of the eye). Special attention is directed toward patients with diabetes, retinal detachments, and macular degeneration.


Care for eye misalignment (strabismus) is available to adults as well as children.

Veterans Administration Medical Center

Ophthalmology services for the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Lebanon, PA, are provided by members of Penn State Hershey Eye Center. We diagnose and treat diseases such as glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, and cataracts.  Laser surgery can be performed at this facility for some of these conditions. Routine care for poor eyesight is also provided as well as a contact lens service.

If you would like to schedule an appointment, please call the Veterans Administration Medical Center at 717-272-6621.

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