Ophthalmology Blog Wilmington NC


Giselle SteinmanWelcome Giselle!

Wilmington Eye is so excited to have a new Contact Lens Technician! Giselle Steinman is a Certified Ophthalmic Assistant who specializes in fitting various types of contact lenses. With over fourteen years of experience as a Contact Lens Technician in the Wilmington area, she has helped improve patients vision with all types of corneal conditions including but not limited to: spherical, toric, multifocal (both soft and gas permeable lenses) along with specialty lens designs for dry eye, exposure keratitis, keratoconus, pellucid marginal degeneration, corneal scars and transplants.

We are so thrilled to offer this great service and further help our patients!



Happy National Women Physicians Day!



Today, Wilmington Eye joins other national medical organizations to celebrate the first national recognition of National Women Physicians Day on February 3, 2016, the birthday of Elizabeth Blackwell. Dr. Blackwell was the first woman to graduate from a medical school in the United States on January 23, 1849. She and her sisters went on to establish the first hospital managed by women and the first to offer clinical training for women physicians.

In spite of Blackwell’s pioneering entry into the previously all-male bastion of medicine, women physicians remained a rarity through the next century. But, starting in the 1970s, more and more women broke into the field. Reflecting the overall changes in the medical profession, medicine has become a far more gender diverse calling. Women now comprise 31% of physicians, up from just 12% in 1981 according to an analysis of American Medical Association Physician Masterfile data. The number of female physicians has increased by over 400% since 1981. For additional information on the progress of women physicians, visit the American Medical Association’s timeline at ama-assn.org.





The New Year is the perfect time to change the way you see the world — And Wilmington Eye is here to make your resolution become a reality.

Wilmington Eye is the only fixed-base provider of blade-free iLASIK in eastern North Carolina – and this innovative procedure is proven to be safer, faster, and more precise than traditional LASIK offered by other providers.

Join Dr. Kathleen Leone, one of our experienced, board-certified LASIK surgeons, for a FREE seminar and learn about the superior iLASIK procedure and how our patients achieve greatly enhanced vision through a truly customized procedure.

Tuesday, February 2nd – 6pm
at Wilmington Eye
1729 New Hanover Medical Park Dr.
Wilmington, NC 28403

Receive $500 off your LASIK surgery just by attending!

Don’t deny yourself the benefits of LASIK – it’s your turn to live your life and see clearly.

Limited seats so CALL TODAY!
(910) 251-EYES (3937) or contact us HERE!

In the meantime, click HERE for some additional information about our LASIK procedure.



Employment Opportunities

Wilmington Eye is dedicated to providing the highest quality of care to our patients and we are currently seeking a professional, caring, dedicated person who is proficient in multitasking and communicates well to work in our Southport office.

Ophthalmic Assistant Tasks:

  • Work with patients to acquire medical history, review of symptoms and chief complaints
  • Assist doctor with patient care (including administering eye drops when necessary)
  • Perform visual acuities, refraction, applanation tonometry, HRT, OCT, Fundus photography, AR, pachymetry topography

Typing and computer skills are a MUST! Medical knowledge is a plus. Previous experience preferred, but not required. Must be a team player with organizational skills and attention to detail.

Salary: Competitive (depending on experience) with a comprehensive benefits package.

To apply, send resume to kwidner@wilmingtoneye.com




Community Events!

We had the opportunity to be a part of the WILMA Expo this year and — What a great event! We had a great time hanging out at the beautiful convention center talking with all of the attendees and other vendors. We even had a drawing for a FREE Obagi Blue Radiance Peel! We love being involved with local events like this and will also be at the Wilmington Business Expo in March!


Did you catch the Wilmington Holiday Parade on December 6th!? We had a blast putting together our Elf on the Shelf float and being a part of this fun event. Congrats to all the winners! We’re already brainstorming our theme for next year :)

May the spirit of love fill your hearts and homes, and in this loveliest of seasons, may you find many reasons for happiness.





Catching up!

It’s been a while since we updated our blog – things have been busy around our office!

We are hosting a year-end LASIK seminar on November 10th. If you wear glasses and/or contacts and want to learn more about your options for vision correction, don’t miss this opportunity! ALL of our LASIK surgeons will be on hand to answer any and all questions you have! Utilize your flex spending dollars on this life-changing procedure!

LASIK Seminar

The healthcare industry is constantly changing, and the physicians and staff at Wilmington Eye believe that staying current on the latest developments, skills, and new technologies is incredibly important.

In September, we hosted our 4th annual CE Saturday event for local optometrists. We invited them to our facility to hear presentations from our surgeons on some of the latest and greatest procedures available and information on various cases and diseases they’ve encountered. We had a great turnout and enjoyed spending the day with these great doctors.

In October, Dr. Kathleen Leone and Dr. Matej Polomsky, two of our surgeons, traveled to the OSN annual meeting in New York. The meeting is a valuable educational resource and provided numerous presentations from renowned industry speakers on clinical, surgical and subspecialty advancements in ophthalmology. Our physicians strive to provide patients with the highest quality care, and utilizing state of the art instrumentation, technology, and advanced surgical procedures is key to keeping our practice at the forefront of eye care.




Thanks for keeping up with Wilmington Eye! Check back again soon for more updates!





Contact Lens Health Week: Healthy Habits Mean Healthy Eyes

Did you know that more than 30 million in the U.S. wear contact lenses? And that between 40%-90% of contact lens wearers do not properly follow the care instructions for their contact lenses? You only have one pair of eyes, so take care of them! Healthy Habits = Healthy Eyes.


reference: http://www.cdc.gov/contactlenses/fast-facts.html




We’re hosting a LASIK Seminar on September 22nd! Don’t miss this opportunity to learn about this amazing procedure and get $500 off – more details below!

LASIK Seminar Invite



CON Reform and the Cost of Healthcare

Did you know that 71% of surgeries today are outpatient or same day surgery? And that of those surgeries, 72% are performed at the highest cost hospital facilities?

Certificate of Need (CON) regulations began across the country back in the 1970s with a noble mission designed to cut costs for consumers by preventing unnecessary and duplicative hospital facilities and overbuying of hospital equipment.  Unfortunately, as healthcare has changed through the years, CON laws previously drawn up to reduce costs have actually produced the unintended consequence of raising them! North Carolina’s outdated Certificate of Need laws are not only restricting our choice in healthcare, but also eliminating competition and artificially inflating costs for patients, employers & taxpayers.

There’s good news! CON reform in North Carolina is closer today than ever thanks to the support of key leaders in the NC Senate who want our CON addressed. The area where the most savings are quickly apparent is in the area of outpatient surgeries – where the building of Ambulatory Surgery Centers should save patients money and give them better choice. We at Wilmington Eye fully support NC CON Reform. In fact, two of our surgeons and our practice administrator attended the North Carolina Society of Eye Physicians & Surgeons in April this year to voice our support of this reform. And we will continue to do everything in our power to ensure our patient’s are receiving the best care at the best possible price. It’s time to Reform CON Now!  Lower Healthcare Costs.  More Choice.  Better Quality.

Visit ReformConNow.com to learn more!

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Alan E. Oester, Jr. MD, FACS, Kathleen C. Leone, MD, FACS and Kathy Erickson, Practice Administrator with members of the NCSEPS




Dr. Leone attends AECOS European Symposium

Our physicians at Wilmington Eye have a passion for state of the art ophthalmic surgery and new innovation in the industry. Any chance to further our education and better serve our patients by utilizing superior instrumentation, technology, and advanced surgical procedures is an exciting opportunity to keep our practice at the forefront of eye care.

Kate Leone, MD, FACS, one of our surgeons specializing in Blade-free LASIK / ICL, Advanced Cataract Surgery / iStent and Aesthetic Procedures attended the American-European Congress of Ophthalmic Surgeons in Berlin this summer. The agenda was packed with new developments in laser cataract and refractive surgery, corneal imaging and surgery, Presbyopic treatment and more — but there was one topic in particular that Dr. Leone found fascinating — KAMRA inlay treatment. The KAMRA inlay is a device implanted in the eye that restores near vision and reduces the constant frustrations of reading glasses. By providing natural range of vision, you can see from near to far and enjoy clear vision. This procedure has been performed outside the US since 2009, but just received it’s FDA Approval in April 2015.

Procedures like this are changing the way we live and enhancing our quality of life! We’ll be looking into this amazing procedure for sure!

Leone in Berlon

Dr. Leone and her daughter in front of Brandenburg Gate in Berlin.





The Physicians and staff of Wilmington Eye enjoy getting out in the community to talk with others about ophthalmology. Most recently, Dr. Oester attended the Coastal Chapter meeting for the North Carolina State Optometric Society Coastal Chapter meeting in New Bern. He gave a really interesting presentation on some of the cases he’s seen in the past year within his specialty of Oculoplastics. It’s often hard to tell what the root of a problem is from the surface. With Dr. Oester’s knowledge and experience in plastic and reconstructive surgery of the face, eyelids, ocular orbits and lacrimal systems, he is able to help resolve issues that his patients are having while often times saving lives in the process!


Check back often for updates!



The Physicians and Staff of Eye Associates of Wilmington are excited to announce our new practice name of Wilmington Eye.

“Wilmington Eye” reflects our commitment to our patients and our community as we strive to offer you outstanding customer service and multi-specialty eye care that includes comprehensive, vision-correction services, pediatric, oculoplastics, cornea, and glaucoma.

As we continue to evolve, please know that the foundation on which we built Eye Associates of Wilmington will remain, keeping patient care as our number one priority. We are proud of the brand we created with Eye Associates of Wilmington and excited about the future of Wilmington Eye.

Our multi-specialty eye care team wishes to thank you for your past support and look forward to meeting all your eye care needs now and in the future.



Smallest FDA-Approved Medical Device Now Available for Patients with Cataracts and Glaucoma

[Wilmington, NC] – [2/17/15] – Eye surgeon Kathleen Leone, MD, FACS of Eye Associates of Wilmington announced that she is providing the iStent® Trabecular Micro-Bypass Stent as a treatment option to reduce eye pressure for patients with both cataracts and glaucoma.

The iStent is FDA-approved for use in conjunction with cataract surgery to reduce eye pressure in adult patients with mild-to-moderate open-angle glaucoma currently being treated with glaucoma medicine. In clinical trials, iStent has been shown to safely reduce eye pressure, which is the primary cause of open-angle glaucoma.

“This is great news for people who have both a cataract and glaucoma,” says Dr. Leone. The eye drops used to treat glaucoma can be difficult to administer and expensive. With iStent, many patients will need less medicine to control their eye pressure and some may not need prescription eye drops at all.”

iStent is the smallest medical device ever approved by the FDA and is placed in a patient’s eye during cataract surgery. Dr. Leone went on to say, “It is so small you are unable to see or feel it after the procedure is done. Although you won’t even know iStent is there, it will be working to help reduce your eye pressure.” Implanting the iStent does not significantly extend the length of time the patient spends in surgery and has a similar safety profile to cataract surgery alone.

Studies have shown that more than 90% of patients do not comply with their ocular medication dosing regimens and nearly 50% discontinue taking their medications before 6 months. Dr. Leone cautions that, “This can be a serious problem. When pressure in the eye is out of control, it can increase the risk for permanent vision loss. I consider iStent an important advancement in protecting against vision loss for my glaucoma patients.”

 Glaukos Corporation is a privately held ophthalmic company located in Laguna Hills, California, that is dedicated to researching and developing microtechnologies to improve glaucoma therapy. The company has developed the iStent Trabecular Micro-Bypass Stent, which is intended to improve natural physiological aqueous outflow and reduce intraocular pressure in open-angle glaucoma patients.


            Eye Associates of Wilmington

            (910) 763-3601


Eye Associates of Wilmington is pleased to introduce fellowship-trained, oculoplastics specialist, Alan Oester, Jr., M.D., F.A.C.S.

  • Fellowship in Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center and Vanderbilt University Medical Center
  • Residency in Ophthalmology at the Medical College of Georgia
  • Bachelor of Science at Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Board certified member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • Fellow of the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and the American College of Surgeons.

Announcing Dr. Oester

The Physicians and Staff of Eye Associates of Wilmington are Pleased to Welcome Christopher Covington, DO

Board-certified Ophthalmologist specializing in:

·      Cataract and refractive surgery

·      Comprehensive eye care

Ophthalmology Residency Training: 

·      Detroit Osteopathic Ophthalmology Consortium

Professional Memberships:

·      American Academy of Ophthalmology

·      American Osteopathic College of Ophthalmology & Otolaryngology

·      American Osteopathic Association

·      American Society of Cataract & Refractive Surgeons


Announcing Christopher Covington, DO

Matej Polomsky, MD of Eye Associates of Wilmington Offers Tailored Cataract Treatment with ORA-Guided Cataract Surgery

Wilmington, NC, September 18, 2013:  The Wilmington community now has access to ORA-Guided Cataract Surgery.  The ORA system utilizes low intensity laser light to capture the patient’s total refractive error from all aberrations due to the eye’s optical imperfections.

Unlike traditional cataract surgery, ORA-guided technology allows Dr. Polomsky to evaluate the measurements of the eye during the cataract procedure which helps calculate the strength and position of the lens implant.  This allows for improved accuracy and optimal vision outcomes.

Matej Polomsky, MD of Eye Associates of Wilmington says “I now have the ability to increase personalization using this advanced technology.  It allows me to further customize every patient’s cataract procedure and best predict their desired outcomes.”

If you have cataracts and are considering cataract surgery, Matej Polomsky, MD of Eye Associates of Wilmington encourages you to schedule a consultation by calling (910) 763-3601 today.

Kathleen Leone, MD, FACS of Eye Associates of Wilmington Offers Breakthrough Cataract Treatments with Customized Laser Cataract Surgery

Bladeless, customized, laser cataract surgery improves precision, predictability, reproducibility and safety. 

Wilmington, NC, September 10, 2013:  The LenSx femtosecond laser revolutionizes the way cataract surgery is performed.  Kathleen Leone, MD, FACS of Eye Associates of Wilmington says “It’s an exciting privilege to introduce Wilmington to the future of laser cataract surgery.”

LenSx automates challenging steps of traditional cataract surgery.  Where a manual blade is used to create incisions in traditional cataract surgery, Dr. Leone combines the LenSx laser with real-time image guided features to create small incisions with a higher degree of precision.  Femtosecond laser uses light to open and soften the cataract in a predictable manner.

Choosing femtosecond laser assisted refractive cataract surgery can provide the benefits of a blade-free approach and a full range of vision when combined with a multifocal lens implant.  For patients with astigmatism who seek freedom from spectacles, the LenSx laser is a precise way to treat astigmatism and provide an enhanced quality of vision.

Today’s active lifestyles demand a higher degree of freedom from glasses and contacts. Bladeless cataract surgery with optimum lens implant selection will improve quality of life and allow for a full range of vision to meet your lifestyle.

If you have cataracts and are considering cataract surgery, Kathleen Leone, MD, FACS of Eye Associates of Wilmington and The LASIK Center encourages you to schedule a consultation by calling (910) 763-3601 today.


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