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Stephen C. Pflugfelder, M.D.
Dr. Stephen C. Pflugfelder is a graduate of SUNY Upstate Medical University Syracuse. He completed his ophthalmology residency at Baylor College of Medicine, followed by a corneal fellowship at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute at the University of Miami School of Medicine. He was invited to join the faculty of Bascom Palmer Eye Institute in 1985 and was promoted to professor in 1998. Dr. Pflugfelder returned to the Cullen Eye Institute at Baylor College of Medicine as a professor in July 2000, and was awarded the James and Margaret Elkins Chair in Ophthalmology in 2002.
Dr. Pflugfelder has published more than 150 research articles, book chapters, and monographs on disease and surgery of the cornea, including excimer laser vision correction surgery. He most recently co-authored a sentinel textbook, Dry Eye and Ocular Surface Disorders. He has been named one of the “Best Doctors in America” in a survey of physicians. He served on the editorial board of the journals Cornea and American Journal of Ophthalmology. He is the president of the International Ocular Surface Society. Dr. Pflugfelder also serves as the director of the Ocular Surface Center, where research is conducted in the area of ocular surface disorders.
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Mitchell P. Weikert, M.D., M.S.
Prior to pursuing a career in medicine, Dr. Weikert received degrees in both electrical and bio-medical engineering. He received his medical degree with honors from Baylor College of Medicine. During his ophthalmology residency, completed at Baylor and the Cullen Eye Institute, he received the Everett L. Goar Award for Best Resident Research and served as Chief Resident during his third year of training. Dr. Weikert completed a fellowship in cornea, external disease, cataract and refractive surgery at the University of Utah School of Medicine’s John A. Moran Eye Center and then had appointments at several Salt Lake City hospitals. He joined the faculty of the Department of Ophthalmology at Baylor College of Medicine in July 2003.
Dr. Weikert's research interests include ophthalmic applications of wavefront technology, ocular surface rehabilitation and biomedical optics. He has also authored several book chapters, research articles and abstracts in ophthalmic literature. Dr. Weikert is an active lecturer in his specialization of cornea, external disease, cataract and refractive surgery and is a current member of several professional organizations, including the American Academy of Ophthalmology, where he serves as chair of the Online Education Committee.
Roxana Hemmati, OD, FAAO, FSLS
BostonSight® PROSE Clinical Fellow
Dr. Roxana Hemmati is a native Texan raised in Houston. She graduated with honors from the University of Texas at Austin in 2011 with a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition. She received her Doctorate of Optometry degree from University of Houston College of Optometry in 2015, where she was a member of the Beta Sigma Kappa International Optometric Honor Society.
Dr. Hemmati continued her training by completing a Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Cornea and Contact Lenses with the Texas Eye Research and Technology Center, where she gained experience fitting specialty contact lenses on complex corneas, and participated in a variety of clinical research projects. Involvement in this research led her to receive the First Place Scientific Poster Presentation at the 2016 Global Specialty Lens Symposium. After completing her fellowship, she stayed on as faculty at the University of Houston, involved in both clinical education and research related to contact lenses. Her primary research project was on Wavefront-Guided scleral contact lenses.
Dr. Hemmati completed her BostonSight PROSE Clinical Fellowship and joined the faculty at Baylor College of Medicine in 2017. She is a Fellow of the Scleral Lens Education Society and the American Academy of Optometry, and a member of the American Optometric Association and the Texas Optometric Association. She looks forward to helping patients with their specialty lens and PROSE needs.
Alkek Patient Testimonial
I have a 10 year history of severe dry eye and light sensitivity. Constantly putting gels and drops in my eyes all day long and still having extreme dryness and pain. Had tear ducts cauterized a few years ago as well.
Finally decided to take the shot and go to Baylor Medical Center for PROSE treatment last week. My doctor is great! If my first week is any indication this is going to be heaven compared to what I am used to. My vision has been corrected from 20/50 in my dominant right eye to 20/25. My left eye, which had an injury at a very young age, was at 20/400 (I couldn't even read the big E on the eye chart) to 20/60!
That's just an added plus to me. Light sensitivity is way better now and dryness is improving much. I put drops in maybe 3 times a day (compared to gets and drops every 5 minutes before!).
Hoping dryness continues to improve even more. I do definitely notice a difference when I wake up in the morning. I am used to having extreme pain and that is gone for the most part.
If you are even thinking about PROSE and can I would go for it! My insurance through United Healthcare covered 100% after $500 deductible.