UW Medicine Eye Institute


[MUSIC PLAYING] DAVID DAHLBERG: My name’s
David Dahlberg. I work in the woods. And I had a miss– a little bit of an accident
there about a year ago. Putting a cut into a tree. I was bent over. And either a limb came down and got me on
the side, but it ruptured the eye. And I had total loss of vision. It was nothing but blackness in this eye. NARRATOR: David Dahlberg was rushed by ambulance
from Olympia to Seattle. That night, a surgeon from the UW Medicine
Eye Institute performed the first surgery on the logger from Yelm. DAVID DAHLBERG: The retina was detached and
folded, but the whole eye was ruptured. So the cornea, all that stuff, the lens was
removed. RETINA SPECIALIST: I’m going to go and take
a look at the back of your eye. NARRATOR: One month later, a retina specialist
performed another operation. A year after that, Dahlberg underwent a third
surgery, this time on his cornea. DAVID DAHLBERG: It’s amazing what they can
do, amazing. RAGHU MUDUMBAI: Here you can see the color– DAVID DAHLBERG: And the steady hands they
must have, my gosh. RUSS VAN GELDER: We’re very fortunate in Seattle
that we have an outstanding community of ophthalmologists. But what makes the UW Medicine Eye Institute
a little different is that we do have the complete breadth of disease. Whatever your problem is, we’ll be able to
take care of it. SPEAKER: Hi. NARRATOR: The Institute sees approximately
30,000 patients each year, everything from routine eye exams to conditions such as cataracts,
glaucoma, retinal disease, neuro-ophthalmology, ocular plastic surgery– RAGHU MUDUMBAI: But the artificial lens looks
like– NARRATOR: –or cases that involve multiple
specialties, like Dahlberg’s. KASRA REZAEI: We are providing a unique care
for our patient here at UW Medicine Eye Institute evaluating the patient from different angle
and that provide the best care possible for our patient. NARRATOR: Eye Institute providers help train
the next generation of doctors. PARISA TARAVATI: As Residency Program Director,
I oversee the training of the residents over a three year period. Because we are a teaching institution, we
have to stay ahead of the game in terms of access to new technologies, adopting new treatment
modalities, and that we are able to deliver the best possible care to our patients. NARRATOR: Another part of the mission of the
UW Medicine Eye Institute involves research in South Lake Union labs. That new knowledge leads to innovation in
patient care. DAVID DAHLBERG: I can see all the windows,
the lights. RAGHU MUDUMBAI: Well, the way I sort of think
about it is that we’re a team. And I think that we all did our part. And you certainly were a great part of that
team. You’re going all the way back. NARRATOR: David Dahlberg’s eye is healing
and his vision is improving. RAGHU MUDUMBAI: So is that a good height for
you? NARRATOR: He and his fiance credit the UW
Medicine Eye Institute. DAVID DAHLBERG: I didn’t know anything about
it until I was injured. But then people from afar say great things
about this place. Well, that went good. So you’re just the best facility. NARRATOR: The UW Medicine Eye Institute, top
rated patient care, cutting edge research, outstanding education. Find out more at uwmedicine.org/eyeinstitute. [MUSIC PLAYING]

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