Shiley Eye Institute optometrists are eye care professionals who perform comprehensive eye exams and are experts at fitting all types of contact lenses and glasses. Visual impairment from inherited diseases to diabetic retinopathy and macular degeneration can result in profound vision loss. Using the latest technological advancements in optical aids, optometrists provide much needed care for our low vision patients. Working hand in hand with Shiley ophthalmologists, the optometry service strives to deliver the best possible care to each patient.
I just left the Shiley Eye Institute feeling grateful that this top quality group - eye specialists, clinical researchers, and academicians - is in my community. Due to an array of eye problems, I see physicians in many departments and am extremely pleased with the care I’ve received. However, I’d like to share my experience about one physician, in particular, Natalie Afshari, M.D., Chief, Division of Cornea and Refractive Surgery.
Nearly forty years ago, I was diagnosed with Fuch’s Dystrophy. I recognized the symptoms because my mother had Fuch’s and was nearly blind much of her adult life. Although corneal transplantation was relatively new, I decided to undergo the surgeries. Several years later, I developed Shingles (Herpes Zoster) in and above one eye.
When I moved to San Diego 1989, I did my research and chose Shiley for periodic checks and for macular degeneration identified there. In 2012, I learned that the right cornea was rejecting due to a recurrence of Shingles.
But, I was lucky. Among many skills, Dr. Afshari is an expert on Fuch’s and corneal transplantation. She worked diligently to save my cornea, but additional transplants were needed due to Shingles recurrences. After discussions together, we decided to proceed with a relatively new technique, a prosthetic corneal transplant. This amazing gift not only contains donor tissue, but is encased in metal, making it less likely to reject. The surgery saved my eyesight.
The admiration I have for Dr. Afshari grows with each visit. She possesses extraordinary clinical skills, listens intently to concerns, suggests solutions, and assures that all questions have been fully answered. Together we make important decisions. I look forward to visits because I trust her professionally and am uplifted by her energy, caring and friendship. In addition to her research and teaching, Dr. Afshari exhibits both the expertise and the human qualities I believe make her an outstanding physician.
I tell friends I have supernatural powers in the right eye that I now jokingly call “bionic”. Recently Dr. Afshari asked a Shiley Low Vision expert, optometrist Dr. Anne Lam, to see me. Dr. Lam worked diligently and creatively over several months, combining both hard and soft contact lenses. The results of the teamwork enabled me to meet my goal – to pass the DMV vision test and renew my Driver’s License. I feel fortunate that I am truly a Shiley success story.
Dear Shiley Eye Institute,
Cristiana Vasile, MD is one of the best ophthalmologists at the Shiley
Eye Institute! She is not only a great surgeon, but she provides
exceptional care for her patients because she really cares for them.
Dr. Vasile was recommended to us by a San Diego ophthalmologist in
2016. My son Joe was having problems with high eye pressure after he
had detached retina surgery. Dr. Vasile operated on his eye and worked
hard to decrease his eye pressure. She reduced it to a normal range
over a three-year period of surgeries, patience and substantial effort.
My wife and I were so appreciative for her fine work, we felt that she
deserved a prize. But what can you give to a doctor for great service?
After checking her background on the Shiley website and seeing that
she is from Romania, we found a picture of the Bucharest Medical
University from which she received her medical degree. It was easy
to print and frame for her. We are pleased that she really likes it and
appreciate the staff for being gracious to their patients and families.
Bill, Cary and Joe Rundle
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