ROGERSVILLE – Hawkins County residents who need cataract surgery can now look to their hometown hospital for high-quality eye care.

Hawkins County Memorial Hospital has begun offering cataract surgery. The facility’s first such procedure was performed today by Dr. Randall Rabon. Lizzie Burton of Rogersville was the first patient to undergo the treatment.

“In the past, local residents had to travel to Kingsport, Johnson City or Morristown for cataract surgery,” WHCMH President Greg Neal said. “With pre-operative and post-operative visits, that meant some patients were forced to make as many as seven trips out of the county to receive medical care.

“We’re pleased to say those long car trips are a thing of the past. Now, local residents can get high-quality cataract surgery close to home.”

A cataract is a condition in which the lens of the eye becomes cloudy. The cloudiness blocks the passage of light, causing the patient to have difficulty seeing.

During cataract surgery, the lens is removed and replaced with a new synthetic lens. The procedure is typically performed on an outpatient basis under local anesthesia.
Dr. John Chambers, a local optometrist, worked closely with Wellmont Hawkins County Memorial to bring the cataract surgery program to the hospital. Dr. Chambers will serve as the primary entry point to the program, evaluating patients to determine if the procedure is right for them.


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