The Hamilton Glaucoma Center at the Shiley Eye Institute is a Center of Excellence. Comprehensive glaucoma diagnostic services with the leading technologies, as well as translational and transformative treatment programs for glaucoma are available. Research to better determine the cause(s) of glaucoma is an important priority of the Center. Developing new medical and surgical treatments and translating them into clinical practice are the highest priorities.
Glaucoma can cause blindness and is the world’s leading cause of irreversible blindness. A group of eye conditions that damage the optic nerve can result in loss of vision and blindness. As many as 3 million Americans have glaucoma, and at least one-half of these individuals do not even know it. Glaucoma also is the second leading cause of blindness in the US and is the single most common cause of blindness among African Americans.
One may not notice any loss of vision until glaucoma is at an advanced stage. The most common type of glaucoma, primary open-angle glaucoma, has no noticeable signs or symptoms except gradual vision loss. With early detection and treatment, however, serious vision loss often can be prevented.
In order to minimize or prevent optic nerve damage and limit glaucoma-related vision loss, it is important to have regular eye examinations. During the examination, a number of tests are performed including the measurement of the eye (intraocular) pressure and an evaluation of the optic nerve.
Although there is no cure, loss of vision can be slowed or halted with medical and/or surgical treatment. The best way to protect your sight from glaucoma is to get tested. Early diagnosis and early detection of disease worsening, along with appropriate treatment, are the keys to preserving vision.
Very best care from one of the leading ophthalmologists
In the last 2.5 years, I have had the misfortune of suffering from glaucoma. I asked UCSD for a doctor and was fortunate to get Dr. Robert Weinreb. He performed several surgeries on both my eyes and has, I believe, extended my ability to see. I may lose the battle of my eyesight, but I will have had the very best care from one of the leading ophthalmologists. His guidance through the process has been an education for me as well as the doctors he mentors.
I would be derelict if I did not mention all the staff, nurses, and other attending doctors. They have helped me over the years, and all have been great!
As a retired professor, I know that the teaching and mentoring that is happening all around those of us patients who count on you at UCSD – it is the highest quality. How do I know? It is evident each time I enter the doors of Shiley Eye Institute and UC San Diego Health.
Thom, May 2021
Thank You Dr. Weinreb
I want to thank you and the staff at Shiley for the excellent care you provided my Dad during the many years you were his Ophthalmologist. From cataracts to glaucoma to eye exams, you helped Dad a lot and made his life better. Dad always enjoyed seeing you during his appointments, and he liked to tell everyone that the head of Shiley was his eye doctor.
Richard, April 2021
Thank you for the Excellence in Ophthalmology services provided me in the UCSD Shiley Eye Center over the past year.
I came to you from Fresno, California as a relatively healthful and hopeful man in his mid-eighties who was looking for the best services the World can offer in treating Glaucoma. You have unquestionably saved the sight in my two eyes. I can safely drive a car and live a normal life in experiencing God’s many wonderful creations and blessings.
You have performed two surgeries on me. During both your operating room staff enabled me to believe and thoroughly sense the sincere desire of all of your staff to provide their patients with the best possible hospitality and service. Your surgery suite and staff are prepared to serve Kings and Queens. Thank you.
Whenever I come to Shiley to see you for a “check-up” you and your friendly staff go far beyond the norm. You all greet my wife and me with warm smiles, handshakes, and joyful conversation. We feel genuinely welcomed and feel like we are members of your Shiley family. Thank you.
Over the past year I have witnessed your delivery of many very fine services in the Shiley Eye Center to patients from all over the world. My wife and I perceive that the excellence in the delivery of these patient services is due of your unwavering and persevering commitment to excellence in research and professional execution. Your personal leadership example at Shiley role models the standard of excellence for all your team members. Thank you.
~ Elmer “Bud” Richter
Hamilton Glaucoma Center Team
With a global reputation for clinical excellence and cutting–edge science, the multidisciplinary team of physicians and scientists includes:
Robert N. Weinreb, M.D., Director and Distinguished Professor
Derek Welsbie, M.D., Ph.D., Assistant Professor
Cristiana Vasile, M.D., Clinician
Andrew Camp, M.D., Assistant Professor
Radha Ayyagari, Ph.D., Genetics
Akram Belghith, Ph.D., Computational ophthalmology
Christopher Bowd, Ph.D., Neural Networks and deep learning
Todd Coleman, Ph.D., Bioengineering and flexible electronics
Daniel Ju, Ph.D., Mitochondria and oxidative damage
Sasan Moghimi, M.D., Clinical research
John Liu, Ph.D., Director, Sleep and Functional Physiology Laboratory
Karl Wahlin, Ph.D., Translational stem cell research
Robert N. Weinreb, M.D., Diagnostics and treatment
Derek Welsbie, M.D., Ph.D., Neurodegeneration and neuroprotection
Linda Zangwill, Ph.D., Director, Clinical Research and Professor
Elham Ghahari, M.D.
Mojtaba Golzan, Ph.D.
Patricia Manalastas, M.D.
Rafaella Penteado, M.D.
Luke Saunders, Ph.D.
Takuhei Shoji, M.D.
Myoung Sup Sim, Ph.D.
Adeleh Yarmohammadi, M.D.
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