Edward Hurst, MD and Kate Lee, MD
Edward Hurst saw something that stopped him in his tracks. He was just a kid, attending a fair with his family when he came upon a video of a heart surgery. “This was in the 60s,” he said. “The idea of heart surgery was new and there it was. I could see the heart beating, as the doctors performed the surgery. I was transfixed. It fascinated me.” In that moment, he knew he wanted to be a doctor.
Fast forward two decades. It was the summer before med school and Edward was working at the hospital, mopping the operating room floor. “The surgeons knew I was going to med school and, once work was done, some of them would take the time to talk to me,” he said. “The ophthalmologist seemed to me to be the happiest. Even some of the other doctors advised me to try to get into ophthalmology, if I could.”
For Kate Lee, there wasn’t one aha moment. “Every kid at some point thinks about becoming a doctor,” she said. “Throughout high school and college, I volunteered with hospice. Being with people at the end of their life; being able to share that time with them, made me appreciate life in a different way. In medicine, people let you into their lives. I liked that. And ophthalmology allows you to be a ‘primary care provider’ forming long-term relationships with your patients. But I’m also a surgeon which allows me to make a visible different in a person’s quality of health.”
Together Drs. Hurst and Lee treat patients at Rockwall Eye Associates specializing in cataract surgery, including laser-assisted and “dropless” cataract surgery. “Vision has a big impact on our lives,” Dr. Hurst said. “During my thirty years in practice, I’ve watched remarkable advancements in technology. It’s a great time to be practicing ophthalmology. The lenses we implant after cataract surgery just get better and better. So does the technology to help us determine the right lens for each person.”
“Advanced technology allows us to have successful outcomes,” Dr. Lee agreed. “It’s very rewarding to be able to help a patient live life differently. We can have such a positive impact on their lives. We now have a much better ability to measure the eye length and curve, to understand where a lens will sit inside the eye. This technology helps us determine the best possible lens for each patient. But we don’t rely on the technology alone. We always measure twice and can consult with each other on the best option for each patient.”
Drs. Lee and Hurst are big on patient education. “We try to tell the patient everything we’d want to know, if we were in their place,” Dr. Hurst said. “We make sure they know what treatment options are open to them, the pros and cons of each, and then honor what they decide.”
Meet Dr. Hurst
Edward Hurst completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Texas in Austin, graduating with honors. He obtained his MD from the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston and completed his residency at the University of Missouri School of Medicine in Kansas City.
He opened his first successful practice, Hurst Eye Center, in Greenville in 1985 and Rockwall Eye Associates in Heath in 2004, which he expanded and moved to Rockwall in 2014.
Dr. Hurst holds privileges at Key-Whitman Surgery Center and Ophthalmology Surgery Center. He specializes in cataract surgery and diabetic and glaucoma evaluations. He treats all diseases of the eye and has performed thousands of cataract surgeries using basic and specialty lenses. Dr. Hurst is proficient in combining cataract surgery with the FDA approved Femtosecond laser, a new state-of-the-art laser surgery procedure, often the best choice for patients who desire vision correction for a refractive condition that would not be addressed with cataract surgery alone.
Dr. Hurst offers “dropless” cataract surgery, a procedure during which a combination of antibiotics and anti-inflammatory medications are placed in the eye which slowly absorb into the eye, over a period of weeks following surgery, eliminating the need for post-operative medications or drops.
When not on the job, Dr. Hurst enjoys traveling, reading, and spending time on his family farm tending to the livestock and driving his tractor. For the past several years, he and his staff have provided free cataract surgeries and other much needed eye care to underserved populations in Belize. He’s an active member of Church of the Incarnation.
Meet Dr. Lee
Kate Lee attended the University of Florida in Gainesville for her undergraduate studies and medical training. She completed her residency at Louisiana State University in New Orleans before moving to Texas and joining Rockwall Eye Associates.
Dr. Lee is board certified and licensed in Texas. She has staff privileges at Medical City of Dallas, Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas, the Ophthalmic Surgery Center of Dallas, and Key-Whitman Surgery Center in Dallas and faculty privileges at University of Texas Southwestern, where she volunteers her time instructing and training the residents on skills needed to perform cataract surgery. She is a member of the American Medical Association, American Academy of Ophthalmology, and the Texas Medical Association.
Dr. Lee treats all diseases of the eye specializing in cataract surgery, including laser-assisted cataract surgery. She is well-versed in selecting implants that greatly reduce dependence on glasses for both distance and near. Dr. Lee also evaluates and treats glaucoma including laser therapy, corrects eyelid malpositioning, and performs in-office eyelid lesion removal as well as cosmetic Botox.
In her free time, Dr. Lee enjoys jogging, cycling, watching college sports, and the Dallas Stars. She’s an active member of Highland Park United Methodist Church. This is a busy time for Dr. Lee as she plans her June wedding.
2380 S Goliad Street, Suite 100
Rockwall, Texas 75032
By Meredith Knight
Photography by Marcie Florance