William H. Benson, M.D.

Dr. Benson specializes in ophthalmology and corneal and external diseases.He is board certified by The American Board of Ophthalmology.


Education

Dr. Benson received his Bachelor’s Degree from Northwestern University, and earned his M.D. from West Virginia University School of Medicine. He completed an ophthalmology residency at West Virginia University School of Medicine, and two successive fellowships in cornea and external disease and cornea and refractive surgery at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. Dr. Benson is board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology.

Experience

Dr. Benson was the State Medical Director for the Old Dominion Eye Bank from 1995 to 2006. He is a member of numerous professional societies, including the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society, the Association of University Professors of Ophthalmology (AUPO), and a fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. Dr. Benson has received the honor of being selected by his colleagues as one of “Richmond’s Top Doctors” by “Richmond” magazine.

Practice

Dr. Benson is Chairman of the Department of Ophthalmology at VCU. He is also a Professor at the University.

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.