For over 30 years, Edward P. Hurst, MD, PA, has been a trusted ophthalmologist who built a successful practice in Greenville, Texas, before opening a Rockwall office in 2004. Last year, he welcomed Kate Lee, MD, to the growing team at Rockwall Eye Associates.
Dr. Lee worked in Waco, Texas, before relocating to the Dallas area, and finds Rockwall reminiscent of Waco—a close-knit community a bit removed from big city life. She grew up in Florida, completed her education at University of Florida, and finished her training at Ochsner Medical Center through LSU Health Sciences Center in Louisiana. “Before starting med school, I knew I wanted to be a surgeon,” Dr. Lee says, “and chose ophthalmology so I could establish long-term relationships with my patients. I really enjoy my elderly patients. They have the best stories!”
With the addition of Dr. Lee, Rockwall Eye Associates now offers aesthetic procedures, including Botox injections around the eye area to stave off the signs of aging, and blepharoplasty to repair loose or excess skin on the upper eyelids. Further services offered by Dr. Lee include surgical repair of ectropion and entropion, the outward or inward turning of the bottom eyelid, and pterygium surgery—removal of the fleshy, pink growth that begins in the white of the eye and spreads to the cornea.
Both Drs. Hurst and Lee provide surgical eye care and management for their patients with cataracts, astigmatism, glaucoma, and macular degeneration. Additional services they provide include diabetic eye evaluations, and Dr. Lee also performs injections to help control the swelling in the tissue responsible for blurred central vision. Surgery to correct presbyopia, the pesky condition that causes you to reach for reading glasses once you are in your 40s, is also available.
Rockwall Eye Associates has an ongoing commitment to provide patients with the most current technology and procedures available. “We use a special laser to help glaucoma patients keep their intraocular pressure under control,” Dr. Lee says. “We also have new technology to measure astigmatism in cataract patients before surgery, so we know what replacement lens to use. Then, during surgery, we can use ORA (intraoperative aberrometry) to take even more detailed measurements. This is particularly helpful when patients have dense cataracts, because we can get clearer readings.”
Drs. Hurst and Lee also now offer femtosecond laser-assisted cataract surgery, “which makes the surgery safer and allows us to address low levels of astigmatism,” Dr. Lee says. “We can clear up your vision and remove your cataracts, giving you clean results. Our goal is to improve your vision without glasses or contacts.”
Drs. Hurst and Lee regularly operate at the Eye Institute of Texas in Dallas, a surgery center specially equipped for optical procedures. “The staff is extremely nice and everything is streamlined for patient convenience,” Dr. Lee says. For optimum patient convenience, Texas Retina is located in Rockwall Eye Associates’ building, so patients with retinal diseases and detachments can be referred next door if a specialist is needed.
New patients are always welcome. Call today to schedule an appointment.
To better diagnose and treat eye diseases and conditions, Rockwall Eye Associates invests in the latest technology and uses state-of-the-art products including:
- AcrySof IQ Toric intraocular lens for treatment of astigmatism with cataracts
- AcrySof ReSTOR intraocular lens for treatment of cataracts
- glaucoma laser to lower intraocular pressure
- femtosecond laser-assisted cataract surgery
- Intraoperative aberrometry (ORA) system providing real-time data during cataract surgery
Edward P. Hurst, MD and Kate Lee, MD
2380 S Goliad Street, Suite 100
Rockwall, Texas 75032
Text: Pamela Hammonds
Photo: Marcie Florance