Board Certified Ophthalmologist
Fellowship Trained in Glaucoma
Specializing in Glaucoma and Cataract Surgery
Assistant Professor, Eastern Virginia Medical School
Author of The Building Blocks of Trabectome Surgery Vol.1
Author of Glaucoma? Learn the Risks and Save Your Sight (Coming Out Soon!)
- Open angle glaucoma
- Narrow angle glaucoma
- Glaucoma Diagnosis and Management
- Complex Glaucoma
- Laser Surgery for glaucoma
- Glaucoma surgery
- Tube shunt surgery
- Express shunt surgery
- Trabectome surgery
- Cataract surgery
- ReSTOR intraocular lenses
- Toric intraocular lens for astigmatism
- Clinical research
- Second Opinions
Meet Virginia Eye Consultants Glaucoma & Cataract Surgeon Dr. Okeke
Dr. Constance Okeke is a highly regarded cataract surgeon and a leader in micro-invasive glaucoma surgery (MIGS). Among her many pioneering accomplishments in treating glaucoma and cataracts, she was the first in the Hampton Roads area to offer iStent and the first to combine trabectome with femtosecond laser in cataract surgery. Dr. Okeke’s research and writing has been featured in many ophthalmology publications.
Dr. Okeke joined Virginia Eye Consultants in July, 2009. Prior to that, she practiced ophthalmology as a glaucoma specialist at the University of Pennsylvania Scheie Eye Institute in Philadelphia, where she headed the glaucoma division’s clinical research efforts. In addition to clinical and surgical management of complex glaucoma, she was also the Director of the community outreach efforts for screening for glaucoma and other common eye diseases in the community of West Philadelphia. Dr. Okeke is a Fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, and a member of the American Glaucoma Society and the Association for Research Vision and Ophthalmology.
Dr. Okeke’s Education
Dr. Okeke went to both undergraduate and medical school at the prestigious Yale University in New Haven, CT, where she won several awards for her academic achievements and research efforts. She then moved on to Baltimore, MD where she performed her residency in ophthalmology at the world-famous Wilmer Eye Institute of the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, ranked at that time the number 1 ophthalmology program by the US News and World Report. There she was trained by legendary pioneers in glaucoma diagnosis, management, surgery and research, Drs. Harry Quigley, David Friedman, and Henry Jampel.
Dr. Okeke pursued subspecialty fellowship training in glaucoma at the premier University of Miami Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, which was also ranked the number one ophthalmology program by the US News and World Report. There, as a highly coveted Heed Research Fellow, she was trained by distinguished leaders in all facets of glaucoma, Drs. Douglas Anderson, Richard Parrish, Paul Palmberg, and Donald Budenz. Her areas of subspecialty training included complex glaucoma diagnosis and management, laser treatments for glaucoma, glaucoma surgery, including: trabeculectomy, tube shunt, trabeculotomy, surgical revision and cataract surgery. Dr. Okeke also holds a Master’s degree in Clinical Epidemiology.
Dr. Okeke’s Clinical Research and Authorship
Dr. Okeke has extensive experience in clinical research. She has designed and implemented numerous clinical trials and serves as a reviewer for many professional journals. Dr. Okeke was asked to be one of 30 clinical research investigators in the country to evaluate the next generation of iStent, already in large usage in European countries.
Dr. Okeke has been published in Review of Ophthalmology, Glaucoma Today, Advanced Ocular Care, Review of Optometry, Cataract & Refractive Surgery Today, and more. She is also the author of The Building Blocks of Trabectome Surgery Vol.1, which discusses patient candidacy and best practices for ophthalmologists performing trabectome surgery. Additionally, Dr. Okeke has lectured extensively and has created educational videos and webinars.
Dr. Okeke’s Approach to Patient Care
As a board certified ophthalmologist, Dr. Okeke has for years been educating her patients and community on how to fight against glaucoma blindness by: 1) promoting early detection through screening, 2) furthering understanding of the disease through good doctor-patient communication and 3) stressing the importance of continued patient follow-up to monitor for progression. Dr. Okeke strives to increase awareness of glaucoma because it is such a prevalent disease in a population of people who do not even know that they have it.
Dr. Okeke is joined by her husband Richard, and their three beautiful children. They enjoy family time, especially the Okeke traditional Friday family movie night. She also loves to laugh and smile. A favorite pastime with her husband is to watch live comedy. Dr. Okeke may be very soft spoken, but she does know how to turn up the volume. She was a football cheerleader in high school and team captain of the squad for two of the four years. Go Eagles!
Your Eye Care Team: Dr. Okeke and Dr. Dewundara work together to provide world-class specialty glaucoma care for you.
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