Dr. Heather Skeens, MD

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Dr. Heather Skeens, MD
Heather M. Skeens, MD is a cornea, cataract, and refractive fellowship trained opthalmologist with 11 years experience in her field. Dr. Skeens performs all types of cornea transplantation techniques including, full thickness cornea transplantation(PK), and partial thickness cornea transplantation(DSEK, DMEK and DALK). Additionally, she has extensive training and experience in the placement of the Boston Type 1 Keratoprosthesis, or artificial cornea transplant. Dr. Skeens performs state-of-the art, cataract surgery, and offers both monofocal and multifocal lens options, as well as advanced astigmatism correction techniques including toric lens placement. She is trained extensively in the treatment of complex cataract surgery as well for patients that have undergone trauma to the eye, or have advanced cataracts requiring techniques not typically performed, and devices not regularly required in routine cataract surgery. Dr. Skeens performs bladeless LASIK as well as PRK for the correction of refractive errors. Other areas of surgical expertise for Dr. Skeens include anterior segment reconstruction in eyes that have undergone chemical or thermal burns, corneal collagen cross-linking for disorders such as keratoconus, induced ectasia, and pellucid marginal degeneration, pterygium removal, and stem cell transplantation for limbal stem cell deficiency induced by genetic abnormality, autoimmune disease, or injury. Amniotic membrane therapy for stem cell deficiency, as well as dry eye is available. Medically, Dr. Skeens specializes in the treatment of advanced ocular surface disease, dry eye disease, contact lens related cornea issues, and cornea ulcers. A native of Charleston, West Virginia, Dr. Skeens graduated from George Washington High School, and received a bachelor's degree summa cum laude in biology from the University of Kentucky in 1998. She received a medical degree with Alpha Omega Alpha honors(class rank 4 of 40), and an internship in Internal Medicine from Marshall University School of Medicine in Huntington, W.V. She completed a 3-year residency at the West Virginia University Department of Ophthalmology followed by a year long cornea and cataract fellowship from the prestigious Cincinnati Eye Institute, under the direction of Dr. Edward J. Holland, MD. Dr. Skeens served on the faculty of the Storm Eye Institute at the Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC as an assistant professor of ophthalmology from early 2008 through late 2011. Dr. Skeens is a member with thesis of The Cornea Society, as well as a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO), American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons (ASCRS), and International Society of Refractive Surgery. She has authored numerous book chapters in prominent cornea texts including chapters on congenital stem cell deficiency, cornea transplantation, pterygium removal, and the management of post cornea transplant astigmatism. Journal publications include topics on cornea transplantation techniques to reduce astigmatism and improve post transplant visual acuity. Dr. Skeens' numerous research interests involve the diagnosis and treatment of ocular surface disease, and she has been an invited lecturer at the annual AAO, ASCRS, and Kiawah Eye meetings. She has reported on the safety profile of systemic immunosuppression in patients undergoing ocular surface transplantation for limbal stem cell deficiency, which causes a loss in corneal transparency. She also has given lectures on refractive surgical correction to decrease astigmatism following cornea transplantation, and has described a variant of congenital aniridia in which an iris is present. Dr. Skeens outside interests include spending time with her two boys, ages 4 and 6, as well as yoga, golf, hiking, and tae kwan do. She is certified by the Korean Tae Kwan Do Association as a first degree black belt. Dr. Skeens is board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology.

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Dr. Skeens' Performance
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    VERY GOOD
  • Explains condition(s) well
    VERY GOOD
  • Answers Questions
    VERY GOOD
  • Time well spent
    VERY GOOD
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    EXCELLENT
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    EXCELLENT
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    VERY GOOD
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    10 to 15 minutes
Patient Comments (5)
in Cedar Grove, Wv |
Simply EXCELLENT, very attentive and great at her job.
in Cross Lanes, WV |
I've now been under Dr. Skeens' care for my chronic dry eye syndrome for 2+ years and she is the best! From Day 1, she's always carefully explained the why, what and how about my condition and my treatment options. Dr. Skeens also did lens replacement surgery for my wife and gave her the same outstanding time, care, and treatment. You'll not find a better eye specialist in the Charleston, WV area!
Danville, WV |
Excellent in knowledge, care, professional and kind. Would travel to keep seeing her as my doctor. Superior staff.
in Kittanning, PA |
She is a wonderful Doctor. So sorry she isn't in this area anymore. My husband loved her and she was so good with him. I've searched for her and found she is too far for us to travel to. I wish her the best!
in Charleston, WV |
Very rude and unprofessional in both attitude and attire. Does not introduce self or greet patient. Yells at patients.
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Heather M. Skeens, MD is a cornea, cataract, and refractive fellowship trained opthalmologist with 11 years experience in her field. Dr. Skeens performs all types of cornea transplantation techniques including, full thickness cornea transplantation(PK), and partial thickness cornea transplantation(DSEK, DMEK and DALK). Additionally, she has extensive training and experience in the placement of the Boston Type 1 Keratoprosthesis, or artificial cornea transplant. 

Dr. Skeens performs state-of-the art, cataract surgery, and offers both monofocal and multifocal lens options, as well as advanced astigmatism correction techniques including toric lens placement. She is trained extensively in the treatment of complex cataract surgery as well for patients that have undergone trauma to the eye, or have advanced cataracts requiring techniques not typically performed, and devices not regularly required in routine cataract surgery. 

Dr. Skeens performs bladeless LASIK as well as PRK for the correction of refractive errors. 

Other areas of surgical expertise for Dr. Skeens include anterior segment reconstruction in eyes that have undergone chemical or thermal burns, corneal collagen cross-linking for disorders such as keratoconus, induced ectasia, and pellucid marginal degeneration, pterygium removal, and stem cell transplantation for limbal stem cell deficiency induced by genetic abnormality, autoimmune disease, or injury. Amniotic membrane therapy for stem cell deficiency, as well as dry eye is available. Medically, Dr. Skeens specializes in the treatment of advanced ocular surface disease, dry eye disease, contact lens related cornea issues, and cornea ulcers.

A native of Charleston, West Virginia, Dr. Skeens graduated from George Washington High School, and received a bachelor's degree summa cum laude in biology from the University of Kentucky in 1998. She received a medical degree with Alpha Omega Alpha honors(class rank 4 of 40), and an internship in Internal Medicine from Marshall University School of Medicine in Huntington, W.V. She completed a 3-year residency at the West Virginia University Department of Ophthalmology followed by a year long cornea and cataract fellowship from the prestigious Cincinnati Eye Institute, under the direction of Dr. Edward J. Holland, MD. Dr. Skeens served on the faculty of the Storm Eye Institute at the Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC as an assistant professor of ophthalmology from early 2008 through late 2011.

Dr. Skeens is a member with thesis of The Cornea Society, as well as a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO), American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons (ASCRS), and International Society of Refractive Surgery. She has authored numerous book chapters in prominent cornea texts including chapters on congenital stem cell deficiency, cornea transplantation, pterygium removal, and the management of post cornea transplant astigmatism. Journal publications include topics on cornea transplantation techniques to reduce astigmatism and improve post transplant visual acuity. 

Dr. Skeens' numerous research interests involve the diagnosis and treatment of ocular surface disease, and she has been an invited lecturer at the annual AAO, ASCRS, and Kiawah Eye meetings. She has reported on the safety profile of systemic immunosuppression in patients undergoing ocular surface transplantation for limbal stem cell deficiency, which causes a loss in corneal transparency. She also has given lectures on refractive surgical correction to decrease astigmatism following cornea transplantation, and has described a variant of congenital aniridia in which an iris is present.

Dr. Skeens outside interests include spending time with her two boys, ages 4 and 6, as well as yoga, golf, hiking, and tae kwan do. She is certified by the Korean Tae Kwan Do Association as a first degree black belt. 

Dr. Skeens is board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology. 

Dr. Skeens says...

Heather M. Skeens, MD is a cornea, cataract, and refractive fellowship trained opthalmologist with 11 years experience in her field. Dr. Skeens performs all types of cornea transplantation techniques (PK), and (DSEK, DMEK and DALK). She has extensive training and experience in the placement of the artificial cornea transplant. 

Dr. Skeens performs state-of-the art, small incision cataract surgery, and offers both monofocal and multifocal lens options, as well as advanced astigmatism correction techniques including toric lens placement.

Dr. Skeens performs bladeless LASIK as well as PRK for the correction of refractive errors.

Other areas of surgical expertise for Dr. Skeens include anterior segment reconstruction in eyes that have undergone chemical or thermal burns, corneal collagen cross-linking for disorders such as keratoconus, pterygium removal, and stem cell transplantation for limbal stem cell deficiency.  

Dr. Skeens is board certified by the ABO.

Dr. Skeens says...

I perform cornea transplantation, all types, cataract surgery and complex cataract surgery in eyes that have undergone trauma, LASIK and PRK.  I offer collagen cross linking for keratinous. I perform pterygium removal and anterior segment reconstruction. 

Dr. Skeens' experience matches your search based on the following criteria:

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  •  Specializes in Ophthalmology
  •  Board certified in Ophthalmology
  •  No malpractice claims found
  •  No sanctions found
  •  No board actions found

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  • Ophthalmology

Conditions Treated

  • Benign Neoplasm of Eye
  • Blepharitis
  • Cataract
  • Conjunctival Hemorrhage
  • Corneal Abrasion or Laceration
  • Corneal Diseases
  • Corneal Erosion
  • Corneal Ulcer
  • Dry Eyes
  • Fuchs' Corneal Dystrophy
  • Herpetic Keratitis
  • Iridocyclitis
  • Keratitis
  • Keratoconus
  • Nearsightedness
  • Ocular Hypertension
  • Pinkeye (Conjunctivitis)
  • Presbyopia
  • Pterygium
  • Senile Cataracts
  • Sjögren's Syndrome
  • Stye
  • Trichiasis
  • Ulcer
  • Uveitis and Iridocyclitis

Education

  • Medical School
    Marshall University School Of Medicine

    Graduated in 2002

Languages Spoken

  • English

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Specialties

  • Ophthalmology
  • Cataract Surgery
  • Cornea & External Diseases
  • Cornea & Refractive Surgery

Procedures Performed

  • Anterior Lamellar Keratoplasty (ALK)
  • Anterior Vitrectomy
  • Cataract Removal Surgery
  • Cornea Surgery
  • Cornea Transplant
  • Excision or Destruction of Lesion of Cornea
  • Eye Surgery
  • Foreign Body Removal from Eye
  • Iridectomy
  • Ocular Surface Reconstruction
  • Paracentesis of Anterior Eye
  • Pterygium Surgery
  • Removal of Foreign Body from External Eye
  • Repair of Eye Laceration