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East Morgan County Hospital to add cataract surgery to offerings

 

BRUSH, Colo. (Jan. 30, 2013) — East Morgan County Hospital soon will offer surgical treatment for cataracts, providing a local option for residents who do not want to travel out of town for care. 

Greeley ophthalmologist Jeffrey Weeks, MD, will visit Brush to see patients and perform surgeries one Thursday each month. He will do surgery in the morning, and see patients for appointments and post-operative checks in the afternoon. The service is expected to begin in February.

“This will provide convenience and safety for the patients because they won’t have to travel,” Dr. Weeks said. “It also keeps the surgeries in the local community and that’s important for the residents there.”

Cataract surgery can be performed as an outpatient procedure meaning the patient will return home that same day.

The procedure is done to remove the natural lens of the eye and replace it with a synthetic lens. With age, the lens in the eye may change and become cloudy, impairing a person’s vision or causing them to have glare in strong light.

Dr. Weeks received his medical degree from the University of Nebraska in 1977.  He interned at the Health Care Services Agency of Alameda County from 1977-1978.  He completed his residency in ophthalmology with the U.S. Army Medical Department / Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Dr. Weeks has been practicing in Greeley since 1983. He provides routine eye exams, pediatric eye exams, and treats patients with cataracts, glaucoma, macular degeneration and dermatochalasis.  He performs cataract, glaucoma, oculoplastic and pediatric surgery. Dr. Weeks enjoys working with children and does volunteer surgery in Guatemala. 

For more information about this or other surgical services at EMCH, please visit www.bannerhealth.com/Brush. Or, call (970) 842-6288.

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