The goal of the one-year glaucoma fellowship at the Cole Eye Institute is to provide the best advanced training for the diagnosis and the medical and surgical management of glaucoma. The program’s emphasis is on providing the highest quality clinical experience that allows fellows to become thoroughly familiar with every aspect of glaucoma and the state-of-the-art diagnosis and medical and surgical management of this disease, combined with significant research experience focusing on glaucoma.
The glaucoma fellowship offers the opportunity to learn all aspects of the diagnosis and management of primary, secondary and complicated glaucoma problems in patients of all ages. The Cole Eye Institute has a strong reputation for glaucoma treatment and experiences a large patient volume in this subspecialty. Fellows also treat related anterior segment disorders, including cataract.
The Cole Eye Institute has state-of-the-art diagnostic glaucoma testing capabilities, including automated visual field testing, retinal nerve fiber layer photography, stereoscopic disc photography and computerized optic disc analysis. Treatment capabilities include the latest topical medications, glaucoma implants, mitomycin c, laser therapy (argon, Nd:YAG and pulsed-dye), glaucoma filtration surgery, cataract surgery and combined glaucoma/cataract surgery.
Fellows gain experience in diagnostic techniques for glaucoma, examine patients and develop treatment plans under the supervision of a faculty advisor. They provide extended consultations with patients and referring physicians as appropriate, administer medical treatment and participate in the long-term follow-up of glaucoma patients. They perform the full range of glaucoma procedures, laser and surgical, under the supervision of the glaucoma faculty, averaging 5 procedures per week.
As in all sections of the Cole Eye Institute, research is integrated into the glaucoma fellowship. Fellows develop independent research projects and also have the opportunity to collaborate with The Cleveland Clinic research faculty on projects of special interest in molecular genetics, cell biology and other subspecialties related to glaucoma, as well as clinical research in glaucoma diagnosis and treatment. Fellows are expected to have at least one research paper accepted for publication in a peer-reviewed journal.
Dedicated research time is incorporated into the schedule. The faculty can assist in developing research projects at both the basic and clinical levels.
Fellows also gain the experience of teaching and giving didactic lectures to residents. During the time that residents rotate through the glaucoma service, the fellows are available for consultation during clinic. They also participate in the residency conference program.
Ultimately, the glaucoma fellowship at the Cole Eye Institute seeks to train the next generation of mature, experienced, competent subspecialists, equipped with research and clinical experience, who will become the future leaders in their field.
One candidate is accepted for the fellowship each year.