OFFICE HOURS
Monday – Friday
8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

CONTACT
(802) 524-4274

ADDRESS
53 Fairfax Road
St. Albans, VT 05478

Directions

Welcome to 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 Surgical Services, using the latest eye care technology and equipment, including 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 us to learn about what we can do to improve your vision.

Key services

  • Cataract surgery
  • Diabetic eye care
  • Diabetic retinopathy
  • Eye Exams
  • Lazy eye
  • Lens implants
  • Macular Degeneration
  • Medical glaucoma care
  • Strabismus
  • Surgery of eyelids
  • Surgical glaucoma care
  • Topical anesthesia

Meet our providers

Patient story

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Restored vision for Lee

Lee contacted Northwestern Ophthalmology for help after suffering considerable eye pressure and pain. Dr. Brophey performed emergency cataract surgery on Lee’s eye to fully replace his lens, which had liquefied. To Lee’s delight, his vision and depth-perception are now back, four decades after that fateful night. “I couldn’t have asked for better care, no question about that.”

-Lee Berthiaume

Did you know?

We offer 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 the only ophthalmologist 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.  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, look for our next smoking cessation workshop in our hospital calendar.

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.

Eye exams:  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.