West Virginia Eye Consultants opens in Madison
BY PHIL PERRY
MADISON – Charleston-based practice WV Eye Consultants has opened a satellite office in Madison and are performing surgeries at Boone Memorial Hospital. Renee Kidd has spent a decade as the marketing director and billing manager for the business and she said that a need was identified in the area and that a Satellite office in Madison allowed for more convenience to their patients who reside in Boone County. She was also a 1989 graduate of Sherman High School. “We have a lot of patients who come from Boone County,” she said. “We model ourselves to go out into the communities to our patients so that they won’t have to travel so far. We see patients quickly and they can have their surgeries within a month or month and a half, which is not the norm as it sometimes takes six months elsewhere.”
Dr. Harold Lane Cohen, MD is performing the surgeries at Boone Memorial Hospital with the first patient seen on Sept. 8. Cohen, a Johns Hopkins School of Medicine graduate, is a Maryland native. He is known for custom cataract surgery and a glaucoma procedure when needed. He has experience in using premium lens implants for cataract surgery.
The Satellite office is not full service like their Saint Albans, Beckley or Charleston locations, but their satellites are reserved for surgical consultations only and medical needs like glaucoma, cataract, ulcers, infections and diabetic issues, among others. Referrals come from optometrists. “We work hard to keep a close relationship with them, which makes their patient experience much easier” Kidd said. “We want them to go to their local doctors and we encourage that.”
WV Eye Consultants conducts screenings at health fairs like a recent one in Montgomery, where more than 100 children received vision screenings. During the floods in the Clendenin area in 2016, the group provided over 500 pairs of glasses over a two-day period. “We are active in the communities we serve” Kidd said. “We are excited to be a part of Boone County.”
Thank you Phil for the wonderful article introducing WV Eye to the Madison area.