Harold Bernstein, M.D.

Dr. Bernstein specializes in ophthalmology. He is board certified by The American Board of Ophthalmology.


Education

Dr. Bernstein completed his undergraduate studies at University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. He graduated from the Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit with a residency at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit and fellowship training with Alan Kolker at Glaucoma Consultants, Washington University of St. Louis. Dr. Bernstein is board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology.

Experience

Dr. Bernstein served four years active duty in the United States military as a Medical Officer and departed the service with the rank of LCDR. His last eight years have been committed to ophthalmology and the subspecialty of glaucoma.

Practice

As Director of Glaucoma Services for Richmond Eye Associates, Dr. Bernstein treats all types of glaucoma, diagnosis and management including medical, laser, and several surgical modalities at the forefront of today’s technology.

Personal Profile

Dr. Bernstein enjoys travel, running, working out and playing and watching sports.

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.

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.

Glaucoma

Glaucoma damages the optic nerve, which is responsible for sending the images from the eye to the brain. Glaucoma occurs when the aqueous humor, or a clear fluid in the eye, does not flow out of the eye properly. The build up of fluid pressure causes glaucoma.

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.

Trabeculoplasty surgery for glaucoma

Trabeculoplasty is a procedure in which an opening or openings are made in the trabecular network to drain excess fluid. Using a kind of trapdoor formed in the wall of the eyeball, the fluid is collected in a small "bleb" or space formed just under the surface, and then diffuses out to be absorbed.

Tube drainage

A tiny tube is threaded from the inside of the anterior chamber of the eye (the space between the iris, or the colored portion of your eye, and your cornea, or the clear dome-shaped structure forming the front of your eye), through the eyeball to a small plate or reservoir which collects the excess fluid and allows it to disperse harmlessly around the outside of the eye.