Cedar Valley Eye Care (CVEC) offers one-stop shopping for your family’s eye care, ranging from routine eye care from three optometrists, to specialized treatment and surgery from three ophthalmologists and one retina specialist. It’s all under one roof in several convenient locations.

CVEC has prided itself on always being in the forefront, using the latest technology in performing cataract surgery, corneal transplants and LASIK surgery, along with offering contact lenses, general eye examinations, eyelid surgery, retina care and other optical services. Eye care no longer entails just vision correction surgery or prescription eyewear.

Dr. Thomas Petrie is one of the newest additions to CVEC’s staff. He earned his undergraduate degree at the University of Northern Iowa, attended medical school at Des Moines University, and completed his ophthalmology residency in Columbus, Ohio.

“One reason why I came back to join this practice, and something that I take pride in now as a part of it, is that the practice is always in the forefront and the providers are always looking for ways to not only improve the care provided, but to improve outcomes as well," he says.

Dr. Petrie says there is a huge demand for retina care with the aging population, from macular degeneration, to diabetic retinopathy, to retinal detachments.

CVEC uses the only excimer laser in the Cedar Valley and the most up-to-date technology, including Custom-Cap treatment for irregular patterns of astigmatism. The LASIK surgery can be performed without using any blades. CVEC also was the first area clinic to offer the new 3D eye-tracking laser. It allows the laser to use active radar to follow any eye movement during the LASIK procedure, eliminating the possibility of laser pulses being applied in an incorrect spot. This increases safety by removing less tissue and utilizing a larger optical zone.

Used during LASIK surgery, CustomVue Wavefront technology captures the unique imperfections in a person’s vision that could not have been measured and corrected previously, providing treatment options that are individualized. It produces a map of the eye, much like a fingerprint, and provides 25 times more precision than previous options.

CVEC also was the first area clinic to offer the new 3D eye-tracking laser.

Dr. Petrie says cataract surgery is the most commonly performed surgery the practice handles. CVEC also offers specialty intraocular lenses so a patient can decrease dependence on glasses.

Other services include corneal topography that maps the curvature of the cornea. The Humphrey Field Analyzer tests peripheral vision and aids in the treatment for glaucoma. The selective laser trabeculoplasty (SLT) is an office laser procedure meant to lower intraocular pressures as an option for glaucoma treatment.

Most people are unaware that an ophthalmologist can also perform Botox treatments. Dr. Petrie himself is dedicating one-half day monthly, and perhaps one full day in the future, to cosmetic or medical Botox treatments at the Cedar Falls office. The injectable treatment relaxes the muscles in the face. Having an ophthalmologist perform Botox treatment can help to ensure the safety of the eyes and vision because the specialist is most familiar with all aspects of the eyes, including the muscles and structures surrounding them.

“By grouping all the patients in one day, it allows me to offer perhaps the most competitive prices in town,” he says.

Additional services include pediatric eye care, such as muscle surgery, eyelid procedures, and treatment for skin cancers around the eyelids.

“Ophthalmology is a field that is always advancing from a technological standpoint,” Dr. Petrie says. “It’s always a very groundbreaking specialty.”

All of CVEC physicians are board-certified. Other credentials held by the providers include memberships in the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, the International Society of Refractive Surgery, and the American Optometric Association.

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