Atlantic General Hospital Opens New Eye Surgery Center

Atlantic General Hospital announced this week the opening of its new Eye Surgery Center. This Center of Excellence, which utilizes existing hospital space, offers comprehensive surgical services to treat cataracts and glaucoma as well as illnesses and injuries of the retina and vitreous.

The Eye Surgery Center required the purchase of specialized surgical equipment to outfit one of the hospital’s OR suites as well as the recruitment of retina specialists to complement the scope of services already provided by the ophthalmologists of Chesapeake Eye Center.

“We’re very excited to be able to provide these services to the community,” said Spirk. “With our aging population, the demand for cataract surgery and other eye treatments is increasing steadily.”

With the new equipment, surgeons Catherine Smoot-Haselnus, M.D., Jason Yonker, M.D., and Todd Bescak, D.O are able to provide micro-incisional surgery under mild sedation with custom lens choices for visual correction of distance vision, near vision and astigmatism. The investment in the new technology has also allowed Atlantic General to offer specialty retina care with Zaaira Ahmad, M.D., Jeffrey Benner, M.D. and John Butler, M.D. of Retina Consultants of Delmarva. Development of the AGH Eye Surgery Center allows for comprehensive surgical eye care seven days a week on a scheduled or emergency basis locally for the first time.

“With the premier clinical and surgical talent of the AGH surgeons, coupled with the latest technology available at Atlantic General, patients no longer have to travel beyond their community to receive first class eye care,” said Smoot-Haselnus, medical director of the Eye Surgery Center.

For more information about the Eye Surgery Center at AGH or the services provided there, visit .

About Chesapeake Eye Center
Chesapeake Eye Center, with offices in Berlin, Salisbury, and Millsboro, offers comprehensive eye care, cataract surgery, lasik/refractive surgery, and advanced glaucoma treatments as well as optical services. As stated in the organizational mission statement, Chesapeake Eye Center is dedicated to preserving the vision of the community through personalized patient care, state of the art technology, highly trained staff and quality fashion eyewear. For more information, visit .

About Retina Consultants of Delmarva
The Retina Consultants of Delmarva are committed to providing the best possible vitreo-retinal subspecialty care. Each of their four office locations in Salisbury, Millsboro, Easton and Dover is fully equipped with state-of-the-art equipment, including fluorescein angiography and lasers. The entire staff takes pride in both their professionalism and kindness. Both of these attributes have made them invaluable to the many patients they have treated over the years with vision threatening diseases. For more information, visit .
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