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Cataract Surgery

The Cataract Surgery Section is comprised of general ophthalmologists and subspecialists who offer complete medical and surgical eye care. We offer the latest, small-incision sutureless cataract surgery to maximize vision and minimize recovery times.

While we treat many patients with straightforward cataracts, we specialize in managing cataract surgery in patients with complex eye conditions including corneal disease, glaucoma, and small pupils. In addition, we offer streamlined access and coordinated care with our subspecialists for patients with eye diseases such as diabetes or macular degeneration. We often perform combination surgeries in conjunction with these specialists to reduce visits to the operating room and optimize patient outcomes.

The Cataract Surgery Section offers:

  • Small-incision no-stitch cataract surgery
  • Topical anesthesia (only eye drops, no injections!)
  • Same day surgery in a caring and convenient outpatient surgical center attached to our office complex.
  • Astigmatism correcting artificial lenses (Toric lenses)
  • Strategies for addressing presbyopia, the age-related decrease in the ability to focus at near that usually occurs after the age of 40
    • Multifocal lenses (ReSTOR® and ReZoom™)
    • Accommodative lenses (Crystalens®)
    • Monovision

We have state-of-the-art diagnostic modalities that enable us to accurately diagnose and treat conditions associated with cataracts such as:

  • Orbscan corneal topography
  • Anterior Segment Optical Coherence Tomography (AS-OCT)
  • Specular Microscopy
  • Ultrasonic Biometric Analysis (IOL Master)
  • Digital Photography
  • Spectral Domain Optical Coherence Tomography (Cirrus, SD-OCT)
  • Heidelberg Retinal Tomography (HRT)
  • Fluorescein Angiography (FA)
  • Ultrasound Biomicroscopy (UBM)

Faculty

  • Jessica Chow

    Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Science; Residency Director

    Dr. Chow earned her BS at Stanford, and MD at Duke School of Medicine, where she earned an Anlyan Senior Scholarship, received a Howard Hughes research fellowship, and was elected to AOA. Following internship at Kaiser in California, Dr. Chow completed her Ophthalmology Residency at Duke, and was recognized with the Edward K. Isbey, Jr., Resident Award for excellence in clinical care, ethics, and research. She then served a postgraduate year as Chief Resident. She completed her cornea fellowship at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute in Miami before joining the faculty at Yale. She is the Director of the Cornea and External Disease service at Yale. Dr. Chow’s clinical interests include corneal transplantation (full-thickness penetrating keratoplasty, deep anterior lamellar keratoplasty (DALK), and endothelial keratoplasty (DSAEK and DMEK). She treats a variety of corneal conditions including dry eye, ocular surface disease, graft vs host disease, infectious keratitis, and keratoconus. She also performs cataract surgery with the latest technology including femtosecond laser-assisted cataract surgery and intraoperative aberrometry. Her research interests include medical education. Dr. Chow won the departmental full-time faculty teaching award in 2014 and has served as Residency Program Director since 2014.  She is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO), the Association of University Professors in Ophthalmology (AUPO), and the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS).

  • Brian DeBroff

    Professor of Clinical Ophthalmology and Visual Science; Chief, Yale New Haven Health/Bridgeport Hospital; Vice Chairman of Faculty Affairs, Ophthalmology

    Dr. Brian DeBroff specializes in cataract and IOL implantation surgery. He has particular clinical and research interests in Femtosecond Laser Assisted Cataract Surgery, Optiwave Refractive Analysis using intraoperative wave front analysis for optimizing refractive results with implant surgery, multifocal and diffractive IOL’s after cataract surgery.  He is a preceptor to train other Ophthalmologists in the Catalys Precision Laser Cataract System.  He was appointed Director of cataract and IOL implant surgery at the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Science at the Yale School of Medicine in 1999.

    Dr. DeBroff graduated from the Tufts University School of Medicine where he was inducted in the Sir William Osler and Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Societies.  He is Chief of Ophthalmology at Yale New Haven Health/Bridgeport and has served as Vice Chairman, Residency Program Director, and Board of Permanent Officers at Yale University.  He was presented with the Yale Resident Teaching Award in 1998 and 2008. Dr. DeBroff has over 100 publications including a book on phacoemulsification, and he has written seven book chapters and has lectured nationally and internationally.  He is Editor-in-Chief of Advances in Ophthalmology & Visual Science and is on the editorial board/Senior Reviewer for the Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, Archives of Ophthalmology, and British Journal of Ophthalmology.  Dr. DeBroff was inducted in the IIIC (International Intra-Ocular Implant Society) founded by Sir Harold Ridley and has received awards by Best Doctors, Castle Connolly, Connecticut Magazine, and New York Magazine.

  • Vicente Diaz

    Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Science; Chief of Ophthalmology, Yale Health

    Dr. Vicente Diaz specializes in ocular inflammatory and infectious diseases.  His research interests include novel immunomodulatory therapies for the treatment of non-infectious inflammatory disease, management of Stevens Johnson’s Syndrome, and innovative therapies in glaucoma.  Dr. Diaz was voted among the top eye doctors in Fairfield County in the Fairfield Advocate’s 2012 and 2013 reader’s polls.  After graduating from Ophthalmology residency at Yale University, he completed a fellowship in Ocular Immunology & Infectious Disease at The New York Eye & Ear Infirmary where he was recently on the clinical and research faculty.  He is currently a co-investigator on several FDA clinical trials looking at novel immunomodulatory therapies for inflammatory diseases, sponsored by companies such as Abott, Novartis, and Lux Biosciences.

    Dr. Diaz is Director of Ophthalmology for the Bridgeport Hospital Burn Unit, where he oversees the care of all patients with Stevens Johnsons Syndrome, a potentially lethal disease, in the state of Connecticut. He is also active in the surrounding community and was appointed keynote speaker at the 2011 Puerto Rican Festival in Bridgeport.  Dr. Diaz founded the La Unidad Latina Medical Guild and was the architect of their annual medical mission to the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, and Honduras where he performs surgery, teaches residents, and cares for patients in need; the team created by Dr. Diaz sees between 3,000 – 5,000 patients abroad annually.  Dr. Diaz received his BA from Brown University, his MD from Yale School of Medicine, and his MBA at Yale School of Management.

  • Ninani Kombo

    Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Science

    Dr. Kombo, a uveitis specialist and comprehensive ophthalmologist, is a graduate of Yale School of Medicine and the Yale Residency in Ophthalmology, where she twice received the Patrick Matthews Award for humanism in medicine.  She completed her Uveitis fellowship with Dr. Stephen Foster at the Massachusetts Eye Research & Surgery Institution (MERSI).  In addition to uveitis care, Dr. Kombo also provides comprehensive eye care, including cataract surgery.   

  • Ji Liu

    Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Science

    Dr. Liu joined Yale Eye Center as Assistant Professor in July 2013.  After graduating medical school magna cum laude, he served as Postdoctoral Fellow and then Research Associate at the Scheie Eye Institute, University of Pennsylvania.  There he was grant funded and won the 2004 Annual Research Award.  He completed Ophthalmology Residency at George Washington University, where he was appointed for a term as Chief Resident and received an Interdisciplinary Research Fund award.  Following a distinguished year as Clinical Glaucoma Fellow at Yale Eye Center, Dr. Liu was recruited to Yale’s Glaucoma Section as a full-time faculty.  His clinical interests include medical and surgical management of glaucoma, laser treatment, routine and complex cataract surgery, premium intraocular lens implant, and other anterior segment surgeries.  His bibliography includes over forty scientific publications, as well as many years of invited presentations at ARVO and other professional conferences.

  • David Silverstone

    Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Science

    Dr. Silverstone received his undergraduate degree from Columbia College and his M.D. from New York Medical College. He completed his ophthalmology residency, a glaucoma research fellowship, and a chief residency in ophthalmology at Yale. He did a fellowship in Intraocular Lens Implantation at New York Medical College. Dr. Silverstone has been the Assistant Chief of Ophthalmology at Yale-New Haven Hospital since 1988. He has also served as the Chief of Ophthalmology at the West Haven, Connecticut VA Medical Center.  

    Dr. Silverstone was part of the Yale team, under Dr. Marvin Sears, that developed Timolol, the first modern medication for the treatment of glaucoma. His pharmaceutical research interests include the medical treatment of glaucoma and the role of anti-inflammatory medications in post-surgical patient management. Dr. Silverstone has played a leading role in the development of Medical Information Technology. His research interests have included the development of electronic medical record technology, decision support software strategies and assuring data integrity in electronic health records. He has also worked on the development of visual field testing devices and co-authored a book on visual field testing with Yale neuroscientist Dr. Joy Hirsch. 

    Dr. Silverstone has served as both the Director of Continuing Medical Education and the Chair of the Health Information Technology Subcommittee of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery. He has served on the Governing Board of the American Society of Ophthalmic Administrators and was a founding member of the National Board for Certified Ophthalmic Executives. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, which has awarded him its Senior Honor Award, has served on its Medical Information Technology Committee, and is currently a member of the Academy’s IRIS Disease Registry Operations Task Force.

  • Christopher Teng

    Associate Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Science; Director, Glaucoma Section and Glaucoma Fellowship

    Dr. Christopher Teng is a board certified subspecialty trained glaucoma specialist. He is an Associate Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Science at Yale School of Medicine and is the Vice Chair for Clinical Affairs and Director of the Glaucoma Service and Glaucoma Fellowship. 

    Dr. Teng received his undergraduate degree from The University of Chicago and Doctor of Medicine from SUNY Downstate College of Medicine. He completed his Ophthalmology residency at New York University Medical Center and fellowship in Glaucoma at The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary.

    Dr. Teng provides care for medical and surgical glaucoma, as well as for cataracts and complex anterior segment situations. He performs glaucoma laser treatment, small incision cataract surgery, complex cataract surgery, secondary lens implantation, anterior segment reconstruction, iris repair, micro invasive glaucoma surgery (iStent, Trabectome, endocyclophotocoagulation, Gonioscopy Assisted Transluminal Trabeculotomy, etc.) and traditional glaucoma surgery including Trabeculectomy and glaucoma drainage implants.

    He has published numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals and magazines, and has lectured and presented his research at national and international meetings, including Brazil, Mexico, Romania, Korea, India, Nepal, China and the United Arab Emirates. His research and clinical interests include the optic nerve complex, parapapillary atrophy, glaucoma surgery, micro invasive glaucoma surgery and complex anterior segment and cataract surgery.

    Dr. Teng is dedicated to patient care, resident and fellow education, and is an active participant in International Ophthalmology, having traveled to Nepal and India for humanitarian trips. He has received an American Glaucoma Society Clinician Scientist Research Award, was awarded Lecturer of the Year at New York University, received the John S. Hermann, M.D. Memorial Award for Excellence in Teaching from The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary, and the Bruce Shields Award for Excellence in Teaching at Yale. Dr. Teng has been named one of the New York Super Doctors Rising Stars in Ophthalmology, and in 2015, he was named to The Ophthalmologist’s Top 40 Under 40 Power List. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the Connecticut Society of Eye Physicians. 

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