Ophthalmology & Optometry

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Welcome to Ochsner Health System’s Department of Ophthalmology. Since its founding over 50 years ago, our Chairmen not only developed and nurtured a thriving department, but also maintained an active involvement in important developments in the field of ophthalmology such as intraocular lens implants and the glaucoma treatment drug timolol. Collectively, they authored countless publications covering the various subspecialties in ophthalmology and textbooks currently used in the education of ophthalmology residents today. The optometry section of the Department of Ophthalmology was founded when Dr. Lionel Boudreaux and Dr. John Labbe joined the physician staff at Ochsner Medical Center in 1987.

Our Department has grown to include over 25 full time ophthalmologists and optometrists who provide ophthalmic and optometric care to thousands of patients in the New Orleans and Baton Rouge regions. The Ophthalmology & Optometry staff functions as a group practice with each member offering complementary interests in the structure and function of the eye. A premier regional leader in ophthalmic care and education, the Department facilitates the training and development of future ophthalmologists, optometrists, and support staff by participation in the LSU/Ochsner Ophthalmology residency Training Program, the Optometry Residency Program and the Delgado Ophthalmic Technician Program. Ochsner Health System’s vast resources enable our Department to include the availability of specialists in virtually every medical discipline as well as access to the most advanced research and technology. If your doctor needs to consult with another specialist, he or she can do so quickly and easily to provide you with the convenience of continued quality care.

What is Ophthalmology?

Ochsner Health System’s Ophthalmology Department offers individualized diagnosis and treatment by specialists who are dedicated to the clinical and surgical care of eye problems, as well as medical education and research of eye disorders and their treatments. We offer a full range of services for the treatment of advanced eye disease and corrective surgery, providing comprehensive diagnosis and treatment for patients of all ages for the following eye disorders and conditions:

  • Eyelid surgery
  • Botox for blepharospasm
  • Orbital tumors
  • Reconstructive eye surgery and orbital fractures
  • Tearing
  • Glaucoma
  • Repair of retinal detachments
  • Age Related Macular Degeneration
  • Ocular oncology
  • Cataract surgery with intraocular lens implantation
  • Refractive and laser surgery
  • Corneal transplantation

What is Optometry?

We fulfill a variety of patient needs within the section of Optometry.

  • Routine eye examinations
  • Examinations for glaucoma, cataracts and diabetes and follow up
  • Contact lens fittings
  • Low vision evaluation
  • Inflammation of the eye
  • Pediatric optometric care

The optometry section was founded when Dr. Lionel Boudreaux and Dr. John Labbe joined the physician staff at Ochsner Medical Center in 1987. The section has developed to include ten full-time Doctors of Optometry who provide optometric are to thousands of patients who are covered by a variety of health and vision plans at the Ochsner Medical Center and at many of the Ochsner neighborhood clinics. With sub-specialization in contact lens fitting, low-vision evaluation, pediatric optometric care and glaucoma, we fulfill a variety of patient needs within the Department of Ophthalmology and Optometry. An optometry residency program and the teaching of students pursuing the degree of Doctor of Optometry have helped to make the Ochsner Optometry program a premier regional leader in optometric care and education.

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Ochsner Ophthalmology Residency Program

Today, 24 ophthalmologists participate in the residency training program, which has merged with the program at Louisiana State university. Eight residents per year are sponsored for a three year curriculum with rotations in Baton Rouge, Bogalusa, Houma, Independence, Lafayette and New Orleans. Senior residents participate in clinical research and complete at least one project annually.

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