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OfficeWest Virginia Cornea and Cataract Center of Excellence
300 Technology Drive
South Charleston, WV 25309Phone(304) 721-4003Fax(304) 746-2996
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- Heather M. Skeens, MD is a cornea, cataract, and refractive fellowship trained opthalmologist with 11 years experience in her field. Dr. Skeens performs all types of cornea transplantation techniques including, full thickness cornea transplantation(PK), and partial thickness cornea transplantation(DSEK, DMEK and DALK). Additionally, she has extensive training and experience in the placement of the Boston Type 1 Keratoprosthesis, or artificial cornea transplant. She was the first in the state of South Carolina to offer the Boston Type 1 artificial cornea transplant.
Dr. Skeens performs state-of-the art, painless and sutureless small incision cataract surgery, and offers both monofocal and multifocal lens options, as well as advanced astigmatism correction techniques including toric lens placement. She is trained extensively in the treatment of complex cataract surgery as well for patients that have undergone trauma to the eye, or have advanced cataracts requiring techniques not typically performed, and devices not regularly required in routine cataract surgery.
Dr. Skeens performs bladeless LASIK as well as PRK for the correction of refractive errors should a patient desire to decrease his/her dependence on glasses or contact lenses. In addition, techniques are available with the laser to assist patients who have already had cataract surgery and desire a decreased dependence on glasses, as well as patients with previous cornea transplantation who desire a decrease in the spectacle or contact lens power needed.
Other areas of surgical expertise for Dr. Skeens include anterior segment reconstruction in eyes that have undergone chemical or thermal burns, corneal collagen cross-linking for disorders such as keratoconus, induced ectasia, and pellucid marginal degeneration, pterygium removal, and stem cell transplantation for limbal stem cell deficiency induced by genetic abnormality, autoimmune disease, or injury. Amniotic membrane therapy for stem cell deficiency
Skills & Expertise
- Cataracts, Secondary cataract, Corneal conditions, Keratoconus, Photorefractive keratectomy, Laser in situ keratomileusis, Corneal transplant surgery, Corneal cross linking, Keratolimbal allograft
Education & Training
- Cincinnati Eye InstituteFellowship, Cornea, Cataract, and Refractive Surgery, 2006 - 2007
- West Virginia UniversityResidency, Ophthalmology, 2003 - 2006
- Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of MedicineInternship, Internal Medicine, 2002 - 2003
- Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of MedicineClass of 2002
- University of KentuckyBS, Biology, Summa Cum Laude, 1994 - 1998
Certifications & Licensure
- PA State Medical License 2011 - 2012
- SC State Medical License 2008 - 2013
- NC State Medical License 2007 - 2009
- KY State Medical License 2006 - 2008
- OH State Medical License 2006 - 2022
- WV State Medical License 2005 - 2023
- American Board of Ophthalmology Ophthalmology
Awards, Honors, & Recognition
- Member with Thesis The Cornea Society
- Fellow (FAAO) American Academy of Ophthalmology
Publications & Presentations
- 26 citationsSystemic immunosuppression in ocular surface stem cell transplantation: results of a 10-year experienceEdward J. Holland, G. Mogilishetty, Heather M. Skeens, David B. Hair, Kristiana D. Neff, Joseph M. Biber, Clara C. Chan> ;Cornea. 2012 Jun 1
- 40 citationsThe cincinnati procedure: technique and outcomes of combined living-related conjunctival limbal allografts and keratolimbal allografts in severe ocular surface failure.Joseph M. Biber, Heather M. Skeens, Kristiana D. Neff, Edward J. Holland> ;Cornea. 2011 Jul 1
- 23 citationsCongenital aniridia variant: minimally abnormal irides with severe limbal stem cell deficiency.Heather M. Skeens, Brian P. Brooks, Edward J. Holland> ;Ophthalmology. 2011 Jul 1
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