They say the eyes are the windows to the soul, and at Southwest General Hospital, we offer a full-range of eye care services to ensure that your eyes get the treatment they deserve. From routine eye care to outpatient surgery and emergency services, the board-certified ophthalmologists do it all.
We evaluate patients of all ages, from infants to seniors. (Children requiring surgery will be referred to a sub-specialist.) Most outpatient surgeries and procedures are covered by most major insurance plans. We recommend you contact your insurance plan carrier to confirm benefits.
General Ophthalmology Care & Exams
The ophthalmologists at Southwest General Hospital provide routine eye exams and treatment options:
- Vision and refraction issues (nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, etc.)
- Eye infection treatment
- Routine eye exams
- Glaucoma evaluation and care
- Diabetic eye evaluation and care.
If you have never had a vision exam before – or if it’s been a while since your last visit – you may wish to see an ophthalmologist. Routine eye exams can help detect diseases and disorders at early stages, reducing the risk of vision loss and possibly avoiding more complicated surgical treatments.
Though routine eye exams are not performed on the hospital campus, you can find a list of board certified ophthalmologists here. When you get routine eye care, you receive comprehensive, definitive care.
Plus, when you visit with an ophthalmologist, you’ll get the support and education you need to keep your eyes healthy. We don’t just fix problems; we empower you to take care of your own vision!
The ophthalmologists at Southwest General offer vision- and cosmetic-related surgeries, most of which are minimally invasive, outpatient procedures.
Cataract Surgery: We use the very advanced technique known as phacoemulsification for performing cataract surgery. In this process, a small 2-3 mm incision is made in the cornea or sclera. Then an opening is made in the front of the cataract. A tiny ultrasound probe is inserted into the lens. Sound vibrations from the probe break the cloudy lens into pieces that are then suctioned out, and a permanent lens implant is inserted into the eye.
Oculoplastics: Eyelid surgery may be chosen to improve vision or for aesthetic purposes – sometimes both. Ophthalmologists perform surgery to repair eyelid mal-position, to correct drooping lids, and to remove lesions and growths from the lids.
Pterygium Surgery: Pterygium is a growth on the conjunctiva and cornea of the eye, and can be treated both surgically and non-surgically. Set up a consultation with an ophthalmologist to learn about your options for treating this condition.
Laser Surgery: Modern laser techniques can be used to help manage certain types of glaucoma. The laser can also be used to cut scar tissue within the eye (opacified capsule). Your ophthalmologist will determine if you are a candidate for these treatments.
Topical, local and general anesthesia may be used in outpatient surgery. Southwest General Hospital is one of the few hospitals in San Antonio with full-time, dedicated anesthesiology providers. The type of anesthesia you receive will be determined after careful evaluation by one of the anesthesia providers and your ophthalmologist. Your surgeon will go over these options with you before your procedure.
Though the vast majority of our surgeries are outpatient procedures, some individuals may need inpatient care. We perform emergency glaucoma laser surgery and emergency/trauma treatment at Southwest General Hospital.
Other inpatient services include evaluations for:
- Diabetic Eye Disease
- Neurologic conditions that affect the eye
Patients struggling with neurologic conditions that affect their vision will also enjoy the convenient benefit of having a world-class neurology team on campus at Southwest General Hospital. We also partner with the Diabetes Care and Wound Care departments to ensure patients get comprehensive treatment for all their vision-related issues.
Emergency Eye Care
At Southwest General Hospital, a board-certified ophthalmologist is always available to respond to emergency cases. Automobile accidents, toxic chemical contact, work-related injuries, and other emergencies may require specialty eye care and surgery. Southwest General Hospital is proud to offer emergency eye care services to the San Antonio area.