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History

Known throughout the Intermountain West as a leader in the eye care industry, The Eye Institute of Utah specializes in cataract lens-implant surgery, cosmetic surgery and refractive surgeries including LASIK and Intraocular Lenses (ReSTOR, Crystalens, Toric and Tecnis MF). The Eye Institute also provides glaucoma treatment, dry eye treatment, laser and retina-vitreous surgery, and corneal transplantation. Established in 1980 by Dr. W. Andrew Lyle, as the first and largest office-based eye surgical center in Utah, The Eye Institute is based in Salt Lake City, Utah and services surrounding area patients in Wyoming, Idaho and Nevada.

The Eye Institute’s 30,000 square-foot facility is located at 755 East 3900 South in Salt Lake City. The facility houses the SurgiCare Center, an outpatient, ambulatory surgical facility which includes four operating rooms and a family operation viewing area. The facility also contains a full-service clinic. This unique, state-of-the-art facility allows skilled surgeons to perform major eye and cosmetic surgery using some of the most technologically advanced equipment available, in a comfortable atmosphere. The Eye Institute staff consists of approximately 50 employees including: surgeons and doctors of medicine and optometry, technicians, nurses and office personnel.

The Eye Institute of Utah, committed to the highest quality in patient care, is recognized as one of the premier eye care facilities in the Intermountain West. The staff is known for their warmth and friendliness as well as their expertise in eye care.

Scientific Research at The Eye Institute of Utah

The Eye Institute of Utah, one of the most technologically advanced eye care facilities in the U.S., is also known for its research.  The Eye Institute’s clinical research focuses on new technology and procedures implemented in our clinic that greatly improve patient care. Ongoing research will concentrate on new lasers and lens-based refractive surgery. The success of our patient-oriented research is greatly dependent on the support from our outstanding staff and referrals from co-managing doctors.

We have published more than 50 scientific research papers in major ophthalmic journals over the past years. These articles are highly valued by eye care professionals around the world and are frequently quoted at scholarly conferences in the field. The Eye Institute of Utah’s research team has published several “firsts” in ophthalmic literature.

  1. 2005 – Assigned the term TPKE (Topographic Pseudo-keratectasia) to designate patients with unusual topographic changes after H-LASIK, which mimics keratoconus.
  2. 1999 – Reported the first case of interface fluid under the flap after LASIK and gave recommendations as to the treatment of this post-LASIK syndrome.
  3. 1997 – First used the adjusted K’s for calculation of IOL power after refractive surgery.
  4. 1994 – “Clear Lens Extraction for the Correction of High Refractive Error” was the first paper on this topic in the U.S.
  5. 1991 – First proposed the term “Phacotrabeculectomy” for the combined procedure of phacoemulsification and trabeculectomy through a 3-mm incision. The term has been widely accepted in ophthalmic literature.
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