Garth Stevens, Jr., M.D.

Dr. Stevens specializes in ophthalmology, specifically corneal transplantation. He is board certified by The American Board of Ophthalmology.


Education

Dr. Stevens received his doctor of medicine from the University of Virginia, and then completed two fellowships – one in cornea and external disease at Georgetown University, and the other in ocular immunology, at the National Eye Institute. Dr. Stevens is board certified in Ophthalmology.

Experience

For over 20 years, Dr. Stevens has been performing corneal transplantations. In 2001, Dr. Stevens began performing a new type of corneal transplantation – replacing just the back layer of the cornea. Currently, he is performing several newer modifications and better techniques such as DSAEK, DLEK, and DALK. These new techniques have markedly improved the effectiveness and safety of corneal transplantation for patients with a wide variety of corneal problems. As a refractive surgery patient himself, Dr. Stevens has firsthand experiences of the benefits of LASIK, PRK, ICLs, and other refractive procedures.

Practice

In 2000, Dr. Stevens opened his own practice with the vision to ensure that patients received quality medical care in a very caring environment. LASIK Center of Virginia is owned and operated by Garth Stevens, Jr., M.D. He began performing LASIK in 1996. He has performed over three thousand procedures. Dr. Stevens has certified over a thousand eye surgeons from around the country, as well as in Canada to perform laser vision correction. Dr. Stevens regularly lectures at VCU School of Medicine.

Awards

2019 MEDARVA Patient Choice Award

2019 Patient Choice Award


PROCEDURES

The following procedures are performed by this doctor.

Cataract surgery

Your eye works like a camera, with a transparent lens located behind your iris (the colored part of the eye) to help focus light onto your retina. With age or trauma, the lens can change, becoming less transparent. When the cornea is abnormal, misshaped, damaged or no longer clear, transplanting a donor cornea is a well-known and time-tested treatment.

Corneal transplant

When the cornea is abnormal, misshaped, damaged or no longer clear, transplanting a donor cornea is a well-known and time-tested treatment. Corneal donation is the most common form of organ donation and has saved the sight of thousands of people world-wide.

Dry eye/tear solutions

Tears lubricate and protect your eyes and help maintain clear vision. When too few or poor quality tears are produced, dry eye occurs, causing a gritty, uncomfortable feeling, with blurriness and a feeling of something lodged in the eye.

Iridotomy

Iridotomy is the formation of a small hole in the iris (the colored portion of your eye) to allow excess fluid to drain behind the iris, where it can be more easily absorbed.

Removal of cyst/pimple on or in eyelid

Cysts, pimples, or sties are caused by bacteria that get into the oil glands in the eyelids.

Removal of growth on conjunctiva

These growths are thought to be caused by UV light exposure, such as sunlight. The growth typically occurs from the nasal side of the sclera, or the white part of your eye.

Repair of non-functioning or blocked tear duct

A blocked tear duct results in your tears not being able to drain normally. This often leaves you with a watery and irritated eye. Blocked tear ducts are the result of a partial or complete obstruction in the tear drainage system.