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Heather Skeens, MD, Ophthalmology, South Charleston, WV, Saint Francis Hospital


Ophthalmology South Charleston, WV

Cataract Related, Cornea & External Disease, Refractive Surgery


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  • Office

    West Virginia Cornea and Cataract Center of Excellence
    300 Technology Drive
    South Charleston, WV 25309
    Phone(304) 721-4003
    Fax(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 University
    West Virginia UniversityResidency, Ophthalmology, 2003 - 2006
  • Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine
    Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of MedicineInternship, Internal Medicine, 2002 - 2003
  • Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine
    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
    PA State Medical License 2011 - 2012
  • SC State Medical License
    SC State Medical License 2008 - 2013
  • NC State Medical License
    NC State Medical License 2007 - 2009
  • KY State Medical License
    KY State Medical License 2006 - 2008
  • OH State Medical License
    OH State Medical License 2006 - 2022
  • WV State Medical License
    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

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Other Languages

  • French

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