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By Debbie Hall

It’s pretty simple; nobody wants less than the best possible vision.

So said board-certified ophthalmologist and refractive surgeon, Eva Liang, M.D., who is passionate about providing the best eye care available to Las Vegas Valley residents. Her practice, Center for Sight, offers a friendly and professional environment with state of the art technology, highly trained physicians and staff and a commitment to educate patients in the best possible solutions for achieving optimal vision.

Born in Taipei, Taiwan, and raised in Honolulu and Las Vegas, Dr. Liang developed an interest in medicine during her years attending Bishop Gorman High School. She pursued this academically by a Bachelor of Science degree from Loyola Marymount University and a Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Nevada School of Medicine.

Her postgraduate training included an internship at the University of Hawaii Integrated Transitional Program and was followed by an ophthalmology residency at Temple University Hospital. Dr. Liang is an active member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery and the American College of Surgeons.

From an early age, Dr. Liang knew she would enter the field of science. In her fourth year in medical school and during her first rotation, she worked with ophthalmologist Dr. Marietta Nelson, who, became a mentor. The experience solidified her interest in ophthalmology, which she found to be an excellent fit for her skills.

“In ophthalmology, we incorporate math, optics and medicine, so I’ve been able to build upon my early love of math and science. I found that in this specialty, even my undergraduate academic work was highly relevant and useful to my practice of specialized medicine,” Dr. Liang explained.

“I wanted to have an impact on people’s quality of life, and I wanted to pursue happy medicine. Ultimately, I chose ophthalmology, because the eyes are a window into the body. For example, when someone has had poorly controlled diabetes, they will likely have diabetic retinopathy, which we can easily see with a dilated eye exam or fundus photo. The other appealing aspects of ophthalmology are the microsurgical aspects and the precision involved. I am very happy with my decision because I get to help people see better every day. In fact, the practice tagline is, ‘Making your world 20/Happy,’” said Liang.

A primary aspect of Center for Sight is the new technology being introduced and used at the Center. Dr. Liang and her staff routinely inform and educate patients about options and procedures available and what is in the best long-term interest for individual patients’ vision. Choices today include laser-assisted cataract surgery, premium intraocular lens implants and micro-invasive glaucoma stents.

Laser-assisted cataract surgery is excellent for reducing astigmatism, effecting greater accuracy in surgery and helping to ensure better visual outcomes. Performed under computer-guided imaging, critical incisions are performed, using the laser, with a level of precision that cannot be compared to that of the human hand. During the procedure, the eye can also be measured to help refine the lens power a patient needs for optimal vision. Center for Sight makes available to its patients the newest lenses and technology available, both from a diagnostic and therapeutic perspective, which allows for best visual outcomes.

Center for Sight offers both conventional and laser-assisted surgery options. The FDA-approved, computer-guided femtosecond laser implements the most advanced cataract removal system available and represents a significant medical advance in surgical technique. Cataract surgery is one of the safest and most successful procedures performed today.

The goal of cataract surgery is to break the old, cloudy lens into pieces, remove these from the eye, and insert an artificial lens to replace the natural lens. In conventional surgery, the ophthalmologist accomplishes these tasks by making an incision with a blade and then using instruments about the size of a pen tip. With laser technology, incisions and critical cuts are performed with computer-guided precision to reduce astigmatism and soften the lens so that less ultrasound energy is needed during the cataract removal.
“Approximately 24.5 million in America have cataracts, a leading cause of blindness in the United States. Cataract surgery remains the most effective way to help restore vision for those with cataracts,” as published by the American Academy of Ophthalmology.

Despite the safety and effectiveness of cataract surgery, in general, Dr. Liang emphasizes to her patients the possible benefits of delaying the procedure. She explained that by waiting until surgery is needed and recommended by their eye care provider, the patient can then benefit from the latest technology. She uses the analogy of buying a computer: Invest in one when you need it but remember that a newer, better model will come out later.

“We advise patients to consider cataract surgery when their vision is affected and they are unable to see well enough to perform their activities of daily living,” said Liang.

Traditionally, a lot of time is spent pre-surgery on testing and calculations, for each patient, to estimate the power of the lens that needs to be inserted into the eye during surgery. She can also use ORA, a device that attaches to the surgical microscope. Once the cloudy lens (i.e. cataract) has been removed, ORA analyzes the patient’s eyes, unencumbered by the cataract, which helps fine tune lens selection. This process allows verifying or making a last minute change for the best refractive outcomes. Using ORA, 40 percent of the time, a different lens is indicated over what was pre-selected. The center tracks all outcomes and always strives to improve its service.

Another procedure that can be incorporated, only at the time of cataract surgery, is the implantation of tiny, micro-invasive glaucoma stents. Without increasing surgical risk, the stents can be placed in a matter of minutes. Their benefits include a reduction in ocular pressure, with the possibility of eliminating the need for one or more glaucoma eye drop prescriptions.

While Dr. Liang has been a surgeon for over 15 years, Center for Sight is a relatively new practice and invested in the latest equipment and technology to best serve their patient’s medical needs, while incorporating education with technology.

“Many people believe that with advances in cataract surgery and eye care, they can throw away their glasses, forever. I work with them to see what their expectations are and what treatments they are good candidates for, since not everyone is going to benefit from every surgery or treatment available,” said Dr. Liang.

For example, patients afflicted with certain diseases of the eye are not good candidates for specific lenses, such as multifocal or monovision, since they may not be compatible in certain disease states. Dr. Liang wants her patients to understand the whole health of their eyes.

As for wearing glasses, Dr. Liang sees them as a tool and many people can enjoy sharper vision wearing lenses. In fact, Dr. Liang’s husband had LASIK surgery and now has 20/20 vision, but still prefers to wear glasses for even sharper vision. In the future, Dr. Liang anticipates new technology coming that may eliminate glasses for reading after the age of 40 (presbyopia). Center For Sight is preparing to add these innovative technologies to the practice upon FDA approval.

Center for Sight is recognized for its diverse and highly credentialed staff of five physicians, some of whom are multilingual and others of whom have advanced non-medical academic degrees to complement their credentials in medicine. One doctor, Ruben Salinas-Garcia, is one of only two neuro-ophthalmologist medical doctors in the state of Nevada, providing Las Vegas Valley residents with further access to an important sub-specialty service. Presently, the practice is recruiting a pediatric ophthalmologist, in order to better serve the specialty eye care needs of Las Vegas’s children.

“Working cooperatively with our physicians is our support staff. They are happy to be in an environment where everyone works together with a focus of ultimate customer service and the highest standard of care for every patient. ‘20/Happy’ is not just part of our tagline, it is truly the disposition of my entire organization, whose mission is centered on keeping our patients happy. I love what I do, and our staff and doctors do, as well. We truly care about our patients and the people we work with, which creates a healthy and happy environment—for patients, staff and physicians, alike,” commented Dr. Liang.

In addition to the health of her patients and her practice, Dr. Liang is also dedicated to the well-being of her community and to the provision of ophthalmological care to those in greatest need within it. She supports Center for Sight staff as active participants in Las Vegas fundraisers, volunteer efforts and charitable initiatives benefitting the residents of Southern Nevada in various ways. For her own part, several years ago, Dr. Liang founded the Las Vegas charity, Sight for Life, which provides sight-saving eye surgery, free of charge, to qualifying patients without the means to obtain specialty eye care.

“There is no gift quite like the gift of sight, which makes Sight for Life and my role as a volunteer surgeon, benefitting those served by it, so very rewarding. After a period of relative inactivity, in the few years that I was living and working out of state, I am excited about renewing its mission and expanding services to meet the growing needs of my home town,” said Dr. Liang.

So said board-certified ophthalmologist and refractive surgeon, Eva Liang, M.D., who is passionate about providing the best eye care available to Las Vegas Valley residents. Her practice, Center for Sight, offers a friendly and professional environment with state of the art technology, highly trained physicians and staff and a commitment to educate patients in the best possible solutions for achieving optimal vision.

Born in Taipei, Taiwan, and raised in Honolulu and Las Vegas, Dr. Liang developed an interest in medicine during her years attending Bishop Gorman High School. She pursued this academically by a Bachelor of Science degree from Loyola Marymount University and a Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Nevada School of Medicine.

Her postgraduate training included an internship at the University of Hawaii Integrated Transitional Program and was followed by an ophthalmology residency at Temple University Hospital. Dr. Liang is an active member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery and the American College of Surgeons.

From an early age, Dr. Liang knew she would enter the field of science. In her fourth year in medical school and during her first rotation, she worked with ophthalmologist Dr. Marietta Nelson, who, became a mentor. The experience solidified her interest in ophthalmology, which she found to be an excellent fit for her skills.

“In ophthalmology, we incorporate math, optics and medicine, so I’ve been able to build upon my early love of math and science. I found that in this specialty, even my undergraduate academic work was highly relevant and useful to my practice of specialized medicine,” Dr. Liang explained.

“I wanted to have an impact on people’s quality of life, and I wanted to pursue happy medicine. Ultimately, I chose ophthalmology, because the eyes are a window into the body. For example, when someone has had poorly controlled diabetes, they will likely have diabetic retinopathy, which we can easily see with a dilated eye exam or fundus photo. The other appealing aspects of ophthalmology are the microsurgical aspects and the precision involved. I am very happy with my decision because I get to help people see better every day. In fact, the practice tagline is, ‘Making your world
20/Happy,’” said Liang.

A primary aspect of Center for Sight is the new technology being introduced and used at the Center. Dr. Liang and her staff routinely inform and educate patients about options and procedures available and what is in the best long-term interest for individual patients’ vision. Choices today include laser-assisted cataract surgery, premium intraocular lens implants and micro-invasive glaucoma stents.

Laser-assisted cataract surgery is excellent for reducing astigmatism, effecting greater accuracy in surgery and helping to ensure better visual outcomes. Performed under computer-guided imaging, critical incisions are performed, using the laser, with a level of precision that cannot be compared to that of the human hand. During the procedure, the eye can also be measured to help refine the lens power a patient needs for optimal vision. Center for Sight makes available to its patients the newest lenses and technology available, both from a diagnostic and therapeutic perspective, which allows for best visual outcomes.

Center for Sight offers both conventional and laser-assisted surgery options. The FDA-approved, computer-guided femtosecond laser implements the most advanced cataract removal system available and represents a significant medical advance in surgical technique. Cataract surgery is one of the safest and most successful procedures performed today.

The goal of cataract surgery is to break the old, cloudy lens into pieces, remove these from the eye, and insert an artificial lens to replace the natural lens. In conventional surgery, the ophthalmologist accomplishes these tasks by making an incision with a blade and then using instruments about the size of a pen tip. With laser technology, incisions and critical cuts are performed with computer-guided precision to reduce astigmatism and soften the lens so that less ultrasound energy is needed during the cataract removal.
“Approximately 24.5 million in America have cataracts, a leading cause of blindness in the United States. Cataract surgery remains the most effective way to help restore vision for those with cataracts,” as published by the American Academy of Ophthalmology.

Despite the safety and effectiveness of cataract surgery, in general, Dr. Liang emphasizes to her patients the possible benefits of delaying the procedure. She explained that by waiting until surgery is needed and recommended by their eye care provider, the patient can then benefit from the latest technology. She uses the analogy of buying a computer: Invest in one when you need it but remember that a newer, better model will come out later.

“We advise patients to consider cataract surgery when their vision is affected and they are unable to see well enough to perform their activities of daily living,” said Liang.

Traditionally, a lot of time is spent pre-surgery on testing and calculations, for each patient, to estimate the power of the lens that needs to be inserted into the eye during surgery. She can also use ORA, a device that attaches to the surgical microscope. Once the cloudy lens (i.e. cataract) has been removed, ORA analyzes the patient’s eyes, unencumbered by the cataract, which helps fine tune lens selection. This process allows verifying or making a last minute change for the best refractive outcomes. Using ORA, 40 percent of the time, a different lens is indicated over what was pre-selected. The center tracks all outcomes and always strives to improve its service.

Another procedure that can be incorporated, only at the time of cataract surgery, is the implantation of tiny, micro-invasive glaucoma stents. Without increasing surgical risk, the stents can be placed in a matter of minutes. Their benefits include a reduction in ocular pressure, with the possibility of eliminating the need for one or more glaucoma eye drop prescriptions.

While Dr. Liang has been a surgeon for over 15 years, Center for Sight is a relatively new practice and invested in the latest equipment and technology to best serve their patient’s medical needs, while incorporating education with technology.

“Many people believe that with advances in cataract surgery and eye care, they can throw away their glasses, forever. I work with them to see what their expectations are and what treatments they are good candidates for, since not everyone is going to benefit from every surgery or treatment available,” said Dr. Liang.

For example, patients afflicted with certain diseases of the eye are not good candidates for specific lenses, such as multifocal or monovision, since they may not be compatible in certain disease states. Dr. Liang wants her patients to understand the whole health of their eyes.

As for wearing glasses, Dr. Liang sees them as a tool and many people can enjoy sharper vision wearing lenses. In fact, Dr. Liang’s husband had LASIK surgery and now has 20/20 vision, but still prefers to wear glasses for even sharper vision. In the future, Dr. Liang anticipates new technology coming that may eliminate glasses for reading after the age of 40 (presbyopia). Center For Sight is preparing to add these innovative technologies to the practice upon FDA approval.

Center for Sight is recognized for its diverse and highly credentialed staff of five physicians, some of whom are multilingual and others of whom have advanced non-medical academic degrees to complement their credentials in medicine. One doctor, Ruben Salinas-Garcia, is one of only two neuro-ophthalmologist medical doctors in the state of Nevada, providing Las Vegas Valley residents with further access to an important sub-specialty service. Presently, the practice is recruiting a pediatric ophthalmologist, in order to better serve the specialty eye care needs of Las Vegas’s children.

“Working cooperatively with our physicians is our support staff. They are happy to be in an environment where everyone works together with a focus of ultimate customer service and the highest standard of care for every patient. ‘20/Happy’ is not just part of our tagline, it is truly the disposition of my entire organization, whose mission is centered on keeping our patients happy. I love what I do, and our staff and doctors do, as well. We truly care about our patients and the people we work with, which creates a healthy and happy environment—for patients, staff and physicians, alike,” commented Dr. Liang.

In addition to the health of her patients and her practice, Dr. Liang is also dedicated to the well-being of her community and to the provision of ophthalmological care to those in greatest need within it. She supports Center for Sight staff as active participants in Las Vegas fundraisers, volunteer efforts and charitable initiatives benefitting the residents of Southern Nevada in various ways. For her own part, several years ago, Dr. Liang founded the Las Vegas charity, Sight for Life, which provides sight-saving eye surgery, free of charge, to qualifying patients without the means to obtain specialty eye care.

“There is no gift quite like the gift of sight, which makes Sight for Life and my role as a volunteer surgeon, benefitting those served by it, so very rewarding. After a period of relative inactivity, in the few years that I was living and working out of state, I am excited about renewing its mission and expanding services to meet the growing needs of my home town,” said Dr. Liang.

Center for Sight offers three locations:

5871 W. Craig Road
Las Vegas, NV 89130

10521 Jeffreys St., Suite 100
Henderson, NV 89052

4475 S. Eastern Ave.
Las Vegas, NV 89119

702.724.2020 • centerforsightlv.com

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