Duke Eye Center of Winston-Salem: Caring for Your Eyes Over 40

If you are lucky, you’ve had 20/20 vision all of your life, but as the birthdays pile up post-40, you might find yourself squinting or coping with other vision-related troubles for the first time. Not all age-related eye problems are serious enough to threaten your vision, but they can be uncomfortable and need to be addressed. Since 1999, Duke Eye Center of Winston-Salem has been providing state-of-the-art eye care with knowledgeable and experienced physicians.

Duke Eye Center of Winston-Salem began as a partnership in 1998, between Dr. Phil McKinley, a long-time local ophthalmologist, and Duke University in an effort to offer more eye-care specialists in the Winston-Salem area to care for his more complicated patients. Dr. Carol Ziel, Duke Eye Center of Winston-Salem Medical Director and Cataract/Glaucoma Specialist, has been there since the beginning. “Upon Dr. McKinley’s retirement, he donated his practice to Duke University. I joined Duke Eye Center in 1999 as the cataract/glaucoma specialist, and as the practice has grown, we have added specialists in the cornea, oculoplastics, glaucoma and, coming this November, pediatrics. Our standards are high for our providers. Each physician has four years of training in ophthalmology after medical school and at least one year of specialty training in their chosen area. The physicians are also on faculty at Duke University School of Medicine and have available to them the latest in research, education techniques and testing equipment for bringing the best possible care to our patients. Duke Eye Center is certified by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Hospitals, ensuring the facility is in compliance with regulations on cleanliness and safety,” said Dr. Ziel.

“Beginning in the early to mid-40s, many adults may start to have problems seeing clearly at close distances, most notably when reading and working on the computer. This is among the most common problems adults develop between ages 41-60. The normal change in the eye’s focusing ability, called presbyopia, will progress over time. If we live long enough, most of us will develop some sort of vision issue, including cataracts, glaucoma or macular degeneration, but the good news is, we can address each problem in many ways,” Dr. Ziel commented.

Eye care services offered at Duke Eye Center of Winston-Salem include diagnosis and treatment of cataract, corneal diseases, glaucoma, eyelid problems, dry eye and laser vision correction, including Lasik. To address vision issues with children, the practice is very excited about the addition of a specialty-trained pediatric ophthalmologist, coming in November 2017. “Our pediatric ophthalmologist will be treating children with strabismus and amblyopia or ‘lazy eye’ and other problems. We will also be expanding our oculoplastics division, which takes care of reconstructive eyelid and cosmetic surgery, including the use of Botox and fillers,” stated Dr. Ziel. The physicians at Duke Eye Center of Winston-Salem remain focused as the practice grows and expands in its specialties.

“We take our eyesight for granted until there’s an issue, and when a problem may arise, you need an experienced specialist. At Duke Eye Center, each physician has over a decade of practice. For example, I have performed over 20,000 surgical procedures in Winston-Salem. Patients come to us because they have family and friends who have had positive experiences with our Duke physicians. Our clinical expertise and highest- quality patient care have been our priorities and will continue to be, now and in the future,” Dr. Ziel said.

Duke Eye Center of Winston-Salem is located at 1340 Creekshire Way, Suite 100, Winston- Salem, NC. For more information call 336-768-3240 or visit www.dukehealth.org/locations/duke-eye-center-of-winston-salem. Hours of operation: Monday–Friday, 7:15 am–5 pm.