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Welcome To Northwestern Ophthalmology

In an effort to improve access to specialized eye care in our community, we established Northwestern Ophthalmology under the direction of board-certified ophthalmologist, Gregory Brophey, MD.
 
Dr. Brophey has over ten years of experience with a comprehensive range of medical and surgical eye care services. He performs surgeries exclusively at NMC, using the latest eye care technology and equipment recently purchased on his behalf. This includes lasers for the treatment of glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy, as well as diagnostic equipment for individuals with glaucoma, certain corneal diseases and certain retinal diseases such as macular generation and diabetes.
 
If you have experienced an eye injury or eye irritation, contact Dr. Brophey and Northwestern Ophthalmology.
 
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Meet Our Provider

To learn more about Dr. Brophey, click on his image to the left, or watch Dr. Brophey as he discusses his role at Northwestern Ophthalmology in our short introductory video.

 

Gregory Brophey, FACS, MD

Gregory Brophey, FACS, MD

Dr. Brophey has over ten years of experience with a comprehensive range of medical and surgical eye care services. He performs surgeries exclusively at NMC. - Click here for more information.

See our video with Dr. Brophey

Topical Anesthesia for Eye Surgery

Northwestern Ophthalmology recognizes the anxieties eye surgery patients may have regarding anesthetic needle injections near the eye.  Dr. Brophey is one of only a few ophthalmologists in the state of VT to offer topical anesthesia for eye surgery patients.  Unlike injections, topical anesthesia is non-invasive and avoids unsightly, post-operative physical effects.

Guide to Healthy Eyes

Maintaining healthy eyes and eyesight is an important factor in maintaining a high quality of life as you age. Every year, countless individuals experience complications with their vision. Many of these issues can be corrected or even avoided if treated in a timely manner. However, leaving them untreated or undiagnosed can lead to partial vision loss or even permanent blindness. 

Many eye conditions, such as glaucoma, are hereditary, so it's important to know your medical history. Be aware of potential issues you face by knowing if your family has a history of eye health complications. Other eye conditions, such as macular degeneration have no warning signs, so it is important to have routine eye exams. Have your eyesight reviewed by an eye care specialist, such as a local optometrist, to address issues before they become serious. In most cases, an eye exam will simply result in prescription glasses or contact lenses for vision correction. The following tips help support healthy vision and can protect you against vision loss and disease:

  • Protect Your Eyes
    From skiing to woodworking, it is important to wear the protective eyewear certain activities call for. Eyes that are not properly shielded are subject to dryness, irritation and redness. It is also important to be weary of damaging UVA and UVB rays in the summer and winter months. Wearing sunglasses with polarized lenses will help deflect harmful sun rays and protect your eyesight.
  • Take a Break
    Like the rest of your body, your eyes can tire and need regular breaks.  If your job requires you to view a computer monitor for multiple hours, you will want to give your eyes a rest if they become dry or your vision becomes blurry. If you have trouble focusing on elements on the screen, try improving your immediate environment by increasing text size or adding additional light - avoid squinting.
  • Diet
    Maintaining a healthy diet and weight are essential to good eye health.  Foods containing rich amounts of Omega-3 fatty acids (such as fish and leafy greens) support vision and help thwart diabetes.  Weight issues such as obesity have been associated with the development of age-related macular degeneration, cataracts, glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy -  all of which can lead to blindness.
  • Smoking
    Smoking is harmful to all areas of the body, especially your eyes! If you are a smoker looking for help quitting, visit our Wellness Calendar to look for our next smoking cessation workshop.
  • Hygiene
    Avoid the transfer of bacteria to your eyes by keeping hands clean and away from your face.  If you have contact lenses, always make sure to properly clean your hands and lenses prior to inserting them into your eyes. Proper sanitation can prevent eye infections such as pink eye or eyelid inflammation.