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Irwin Army Community Hospital Fort Riley, Kansas

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The Ophthalmology Service provides medical, surgical and laser treatment of eye trauma, cataract, glaucoma, diabetic eye disease, and strabismus. We evaluate and treat eye patients and perform major eye operations.


Screening Guidelines


  • Diabetes: Screenings for diabetic retinopathy normally are performed yearly.
  • Type one: First exam should be scheduled 5 years after the onset of diabetes or at the onset of puberty whichever comes first. Routine "baseline" exams upon diagnosis are not necessary.
  • Type two: The first screening exam should be performed upon diagnosis as a routine referral to Ophthalmology.
  • Hypertension: Typically there is no need for routine hypertensive retinopathy screenings.
  • Glaucoma: Routine glaucoma screenings are not performed by ophthalmology but should be part of a routine optometry exam.
  • Cataracts: Screenings for cataract or following known cataracts should be performed during an optometry exam.
  • Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis: Seen upon diagnosis and typically every three months from then on depending on the age, ANA status, and joints involved. Discuss with the Ophthalmologist.
  • Plaquenil: Prior to starting treatment and typically yearly thereafter depending on the dose and treatment duration.
  • PUVA: Prior to starting treatment.
  • Retinopathy of Prematurity: Depends on the weight , age, and oxygen status. Over 1800 grams does not need a screening. 1500 grams to 1800 grams if on oxygen for more than one month. Less than 1500 grams no matter what the oxygen status should be seen. The first screening should be at six weeks postpartum or 34 weeks, whichever is first.
  • School Vision Screenings: Screening for children failing school physicals typically are done by optometry.
  • Refractive Surgery: For applications, request through relayhealth.com, ophthalmology department.
  • Age Related Macular Degeneration: Screenings, follow-ups and treatments for some forms are available.





   Appointment Line:   (785) 239-DOCS


   Hours:     Monday - Friday: 7:30 am - 4:30 pm

                   Closed on federal holidays and selected

                   training holidays



                   2nd Floor, Atrium

                   Park in parking garage, top level for quick

                   access. Cross covered bridge and take hospital

                   elevator to 2nd floor.

                   Note: the garage elevator does not reach the

                   hospital's 2nd floor.