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Ophthalmology is a branch of medicine specializing in the function and diseases of the eye.

Specialists who train in the medical and surgical treatment of the eye are called Ophthalmologists. These medical professionals are essentially eye doctors with advanced medical and surgical training in the eye and vision care. Ophthalmologists diagnose and treat all eye diseases, perform surgeries, and prescribe and fit eyeglasses and contact lenses to correct vision problems.

While ophthalmologists are trained to care for all eye problems and conditions, some ophthalmologists specialize further in a specific area of medical or surgical eye care. These are called subspecialties and they could include areas such as:

  • Glaucoma
  • Retina
  • Cornea
  • Pediatrics
  • Neurology
  • Oculo-plastic surgery

Ophthalmology at Myrtue Medical Center

Myrtue Medical Center is lucky to have two Ophthalmologists who see patients at our Outpatient Specialty Clinic.

Dr. Sao J. "John" Liu sees patients in Harlan on the first Thursday of the month. He comes from Omaha/Lincoln Eye & Laser Institute and specializes in cataract surgery, iLASIK correction, and glaucoma surgery.

Dr. Ivey L. Thornton sees patients in Harlan on the fourth Tuesday of the month. She comes from Nebraska Medicine and specializes in neuro-ophthalmology, advanced dry eye, comprehensive ophthalmology and cataract, cornea and refractive surgery, and glaucoma.

If you would like to schedule an appointment with one of our Ophthalmologists, please call 712.755.4516.

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