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Glaucoma

Glaucoma is a leading cause of blindness and affects over three million Americans; however only 50% of those with glaucoma know they have it. Because there are often no presenting symptoms, glaucoma is often referred to as the silent thief of vision. Though glaucoma can cause permanent vision loss and there is no cure, early detection and treatment can prevent complete blindness.

The Yale Glaucoma Department is comprised of internationally respected physicians and research scientists who seek to decrease preventable blindness from glaucoma through medical and surgical management, research, and community awareness. Dr. Christopher Teng, Dr. Ji Liu, Dr. Soshian Sarrafpour, and Dr. James Martone offer a complete range of services for patients with glaucoma and related anterior segment diseases. With continued study to improve their understanding of the diagnosis and management of glaucoma, our physicians offer the latest advances in diagnosing and treating all forms of glaucoma. Our physicians are fellowship trained and engage in and keep up with all the latest research. We offer the most sophisticated technologies and techniques in the field. Most importantly, our physicians get to know you as a person, not just as a patient, and they work with you to protect your vision.

The Yale Glaucoma Service utilizes the most technologically advanced instrumentation including computerized perimetry, Swept Source and Spectral Domain Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT), OCT angiography, high-resolution wide field Optos fundus photography, ultrasound biomicroscopy and Pascal, Argon, SLT, Nd-YAG, and micropulse laser systems. The state-of-the-art operating rooms have the most advanced equipment including Femtosecond laser, intraoperative aberrometry, the newest operating microscopes and phacoemulsification systems, and the most cutting-edge devices for surgical glaucoma management.

Special services offered include:

  • Cataract surgery: no stitch cataract surgery, femtosecond laser assisted cataract surgery, and interoperative aberrometry
  • The most advanced intraocular lens options including trifocal lenses, multifocal lenses, extended depth of focus lenses, and toric lenses
  • Surgeries for dislocated lenses, lens exchanges and repositionings, pupil repair surgeries, and complex cataract surgeries
  • Computerized and manual visual field assessment with custom programs
  • Optical Coherence Tomography and Angiography
  • Gonioscopy, slit lamp examinations, optos wide field fundus photography, and ultrasound biomicrocopy
  • Laser procedures including Pascal Synthesis Ophthalmic Scanning Lasers, Argon laser procedures, YAG capsulotomies and iridotomies, selective laser trabeculoplasty (SLT), and micropulse laser procedures
  • The most technologically advanced micro invasive glaucoma surgeries including iStent and Hydrus trabecular bypass microstents, Kahook dual blade goniotomy, Trabectome, iTrack ab-interno canaloplasty (ABiC), Gonioscopy-Assisted Transluminal Trabeculotomy (GATT), and Xen gel stent implant.
  • Traditional Glaucoma Procedures including Trabeculectomy and Glaucoma Drainage Device Implants

Glaucoma Faculty

  • Associate Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Science; Vice Chair, Clinical Affairs, Ophthalmology; Affiliated Faculty, Yale Institute for Global Health; Director, Glaucoma Section and Glaucoma Fellowship

    Dr. Christopher Teng is a board certified fellowship trained glaucoma and cataract 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, viscocanalostomy, Xen implant, etc.), micropulse cyclophotocoagulation, and traditional glaucoma surgery including Trabeculectomy and Glaucoma Drainage Implants.Dr. Teng has been an invited speaker at institutions around the world, and was honored to present at Prism Eye Rounds in December 2020. His research efforts are conducted with the Yale Glaucoma Research Group, and he has published numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals and magazines. He 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, complex anterior segment and cataract surgery, optimizing resident education and training, improving patient education and access to care and increasing diversity and inclusivity in ophthalmology. Dr. Teng is dedicated to patient care, resident and fellow education, and is an active participant in International Ophthalmology, having traveled to Nepal (Gorkha, Mustang, Pokhara) and India (Haridwar) for humanitarian trips. He is the recipient of an American Academy of Ophthalmology Achievement Award and a Secretariat Award. 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.Dr. Teng is an Associate Editor of Shields' Textbook of Glaucoma (7th edition), the premier succinct text on the medical and surgical management of glaucoma. He compiled the Chinese English Ophthalmology Dictionary, which has common Ophthalmology terms in Mandarin, Pinyin and English. He is a graduate of the American Academy of Ophthalmology Leadership Development Program and for his project made an educational video describing Ophthalmology, "What is Ophthalmology?". He also maintains an active YouTube cataract and glaucoma education page (glaucomavids), with over 75 videos, 1,400 subscribers and 600,000 views.  What is Ophthalmology? Find out by viewing this educational video: https://youtu.be/xqfr7Oo4A1cGlaucomavidshttps://www.youtube.com/user/glaucomavidsPrism Eye Rounds, December 2020: https://youtu.be/YAYu9KfAdzc Chinese English Ophthalmology Dictionaryhttp://caosmd.com/chineseophthalmologydictionaryShort films from Dr. Teng's Humanitarian trips can be viewed at:Trip to Gorkha, Nepal: https://vimeo.com/256732590Trip to Haridwar, India: https://vimeo.com/219240857/1e40cea326Trip to Mustang, Nepal: https://vimeo.com/75919781Trip to Pokhara, Nepal: https://youtu.be/qwSRZkmNlMY邓医生是青光眼专科认证医生。他是耶鲁医科大学眼科副教授和青光眼专科主任。邓医生本科毕业于芝加哥大学, 随后获得纽约州立大学下州医学院医学博士学位。他在纽约大学医学院完成眼科住院医生培训, 并在纽约眼耳医院完成青光眼专科培训。他在前沿的眼科期刊和杂志上发表大量专业论文, 并在美国和国际(中国, 巴西, 墨西哥, 罗马尼亚, 韩国, 印度, 尼泊尔和阿拉伯联合酋长国)学术会议上交流研究成果。他研究和临床兴趣专注在视神经, 视神经旁视盘萎缩, 青光眼常规手术, 青光眼微创手术和复杂眼前节和白内障手术等方面。邓医生致力于眼科病人诊疗, 住院医生和青光眼专科医生培训。同时, 他积极参加国际合作项目, 先后远赴尼泊尔和印度, 授课和做手术。他曾获得美国青光眼协会临床科学家研究奖, 纽约大学年度学术讲座奖和纽约眼耳医院杰出教学, 约翰赫尔曼医师纪念奖。邓医生被评为眼科纽约超级医生新星之一。 2015年, 他还入选全球40位40岁以下最具影响力的眼科医生。
  • Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Science; Director for Resident Research, Ophthalmology

    Dr. Liu joined Yale Eye Center as Assistant Professor in July 2013.  After graduating from medical school magna cum laude, he served as Postdoctoral Fellow and then Research Associate at the Scheie Eye Institute, University of Pennsylvania.  There Dr. Liu 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 joined Yale University Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Science as a full-time faculty.  Dr. Liu is dedicated to patient care, medical education, and research. He routinely performs complex lens, iris, and glaucoma surgeries. Along with his colleagues, Dr. Liu has introduced multiple novel glaucoma surgeries, including I-stent, I-track, and Xen Gel Stent, to the Yale-New Haven Hospital. Because of his excellent care, Dr. Liu has helped numerous patients restore their vision or stop their glaucoma from progression. Dr. Liu works closely with medical students, residents, and fellows. He is passionate about medical education. His dedication to resident education was recognized by receiving the prestigious Bruce Shields Award for Excellence in Teaching twice since he joined Yale. Dr. Liu's research interests include medical and surgical management of glaucoma, ophthalmic laser, cataract surgery, premium intraocular lens implant, complex anterior segment surgeries, and medical education. His bibliography includes over fifty scientific publications including papers and book chapters, as well as many years of invited presentations at regional, national and international professional conferences.
  • Associate Professor of Clinical Ophthalmology & Visual Science; Director of International Ophthalmology and Global Eye Health, Ophthalmology; Affiliated Faculty, Yale Institute for Global Health

    Dr. Martone received his B.A. from Providence College and his M.D. from Albert Einstein College of Medicine, where he also completed his ophthalmology residency. In addition, he received a master’s degree in public health in epidemiology from The Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health.  He received fellowship training in glaucoma at Duke University and has also completed fellowships at The Wilmer Eye Institute (Preventive Ophthalmology), Bethesda Eye Institute (International Ophthalmology), and Cullen Eye Institute of Baylor University (International Ophthalmology).Dr. Martone has served on the faculty teaching at The Doheny Eye Institute of the University of Southern California School of Medicine, as well as within the International Eye Foundation, Bethesda, Maryland, and at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Harvard Medical School, and the Glaucoma Service, New York Eye and Ear Infirmary.  He was Medical Director of ORBIS International, a global nongovernmental organization dedicated to fighting blindness worldwide, and, through this, oversaw teaching of clinical and surgical ophthalmology in countries around the world. He has personally worked in over 100 locations in more than eighty countries.  He has worked extensively in countries such as China, Cuba, Cameroon, India, and Mongolia.  He was also Director of the Eye Clinic, Victoria Hospital, Castries, St. Lucia and Consultant Ophthalmologist to the Ministry of Health, St Lucia.Prior to joining the department as an Assistant Professor of Clinical Ophthalmology and Visual Science, Dr. Martone held a voluntary appointment as an Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at the Yale School of Medicine where he received the residency program’s Excellence in Teaching Award.  He is an attending ophthalmologist at the Veterans Administration Hospital in West Haven, CT.  He is president of the Connecticut Society of Eye Physicians.  He is a past president of the New York Glaucoma Society and is a founding member of the Connecticut Glaucoma Society. He is a member of several other professional societies, including the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American Society for Cataract and Refractive Surgery.During his many years of experience as a glaucoma specialist, Dr. Martone has routinely lectured in the United States and countries around the globe, with well over 100 presentations.  Moreover, he is the author of numerous scientific and clinical articles and papers in peer-reviewed journals, as well as being an author of chapters in books on the subject of ophthalmology.
  • Instructor

    Dr. Sarrafpour is a board certified fellowship trained glaucoma specialist at the Yale Eye Center. He graduated summa cum laude from Tufts University where he was also inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa honor society. He then completed medical school at Tufts University School of Medicine where he was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha honor society. Afterwards he completed his residency training at New York University and glaucoma fellowship at Yale University. Following his fellowship training, Dr. Sarrafpour joined the glaucoma faculty at Yale University and provides care in New Haven and Stratford.Dr. Sarrafpour provides medical and surgical care for glaucoma as well as anterior segment issues including cataracts. He performs glaucoma laser procedures, anterior segment and cataract surgery including premium intraocular lens implants, micro invasive glaucoma surgeries including istent, goniotomy, trabeculotomy procedures, cyclophotocoagulation, etc.) as well as traditional glaucoma surgeries like glaucoma drainage implants and trabeculectomy. He has contributed to several textbook chapters including Shield's Textbook of Glaucoma (7th edition) and he has presented at numerous meetings including the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO), the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) and at the Prism Eye Rounds (December 2020 https://youtu.be/YAYu9KfAdzc?t=3171). Dr. Sarrafpour remains dedicated to patient care, resident and fellow education, and has published and presented at numerous meetings. His research interests include machine learning, imaging and glaucoma, resident and patient education, and minimally invasive procedures. His research efforts are conducted with the Yale Glaucoma Research Group.