Dr. Katherine Ochsner, MD

Dr. Katherine Ochsner, MD

Ophthalmology  ·  
Female  ·  
Age 59
Dr. Katherine Ochsner, MD is an ophthalmology specialist in Wilmington, NC and has been practicing for 31 years. She graduated from La State Univ Sch Of Med In Shreveport in 1987 and specializes in ophthalmology.Read her story

700 Military Cutoff Rd Ste 202

Wilmington, NC 28405

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  • Aetna
  • Amalgamated Clothing & Textile Workers Union
  • American Republic
  • AvMed
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina
  • Cigna
  • Commercial Insurance Company
  • HealthSmart
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Top Care Areas

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very high
more than 99% of peers
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more than 94% of peers
Uveitis and Iridocyclitis
very high
more than 94% of peers

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Dr. Ochsner's bio

This content was provided by Dr. Ochsner "Katherine I. Ochsner, M.D. is a board-certified ophthalmologist and fellowship-trained glaucoma specialist and experienced cataract surgeon. She grew up in New Orleans, Louisiana and earned her medical degree from Louisiana State University Medical School and her general ophthalmology training from the University of Louisville. She went on to study medical ethics and pursue subspecialty training in glaucoma at the University of Texas. On completing her Glaucoma fellowship, Dr. Ochsner joined the faculty at the University of Texas, where she served as Director of Glaucoma Services and Fellowship training for nearly 10 years. While a part of the University, Dr. Ochsner was able to travel internationally to learn new procedures and teach others. Her mentors and former students provide her a constant flow of ideas and information as well as resources for challenging patients and procedures. She is a fellow diplomat of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and a member of the American Glaucoma Society. Dr. Ochsner moved to Wilmington in 2000 and opened Ochsner Eye in 2014. She is an active member of our community and continues to add to her extensive subspecialty experience by participating in national educational programs and clinical research. Dr. Ochsner continues to introduce the newest medical, laser and surgical procedures to the region. Dr. Ochsner was the first surgeon in Wilmington to combine minimally invasive glaucoma procedures, iStent and Trabectome, with cataract surgery. She was also the first in Wilmington to use the Express MiniShunt in conventional glaucoma filtration surgery."
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Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Ochsner "Ochsner Eye is dedicated solely to the medical and surgical management of the various forms of primary and secondary glaucoma and cataracts. We bring to the community a unique skill set and focus since Dr. Ochsner is the area's only experienced cataract surgeon who is fellowship trained in glaucoma. We take great pride in providing compassionate and ethical medical care and will formulate an individualized treatment strategy that can often times be implemented by your primary eye care provider (Ophthalmologist or Optometrist) locally. In the event surgical or laser treatment is needed, Dr. Ochsner is skilled in glaucoma laser surgery techniques and incisional surgery. As well as the newest surgical techniques in the surgical management of cataracts such as laser-assisted (Lensx) cataract surgery, implantation of astigmatism correcting and of various 'life-style optimizing' intraocular lenses. Once stable after surgery, your care can continue with your primary eye care provider."
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1  Specialties

  • Ophthalmology

1  Board Certifications

  • Ophthalmology
    Accredited by: American Board of Ophthalmology*

59  Conditions Treated

  • Age-Related Macular Degeneration
  • All Headaches (incl. Migraine)
  • Anterior Ischemic Optic Neuropathy
  • Aphakia and Other Disorders of Lens
  • Astigmatism
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Autoimmune Thyroid Diseases
  • Benign Neoplasm of Choroid
  • Benign Neoplasm of Eye
  • Benign Tumor
  • Blepharitis
  • Blind Hypotensive Eye
  • Blindness
  • Brain Disorders
  • Cancer
  • Cataract
  • Central Serous Chorioretinopathy
  • Chorioretinal Scars
  • Degenerative Disorders of Globe
  • Diabetic Retinopathy
  • Diplopia
  • Drusen
  • Dry Age-Related Macular Degeneration
  • Dry Eyes
  • Entropion
  • Eye Cancer
  • Eye Infections
  • Eyelid Disorders
  • Farsightedness
  • Fuchs' Corneal Dystrophy
  • Glaucoma
  • Graves' Disease
  • Headache
  • Hyphema
  • Hypotony of Eye
  • Iridocyclitis
  • Keratitis
  • Lazy Eye
  • Migraine
  • Nearsightedness
  • Nystagmus
  • Ocular Hypertension
  • Pinkeye (Conjunctivitis)
  • Presbyopia
  • Progressive High Myopia
  • Pterygium
  • Retina Diseases
  • Retinal Detachment and Retinal Tear
  • Retinal Hemorrhage
  • Retinal Vein Occlusion
  • Sarcoidosis
  • Senile Cataracts
  • Thyroid Disease
  • Ulcer
  • Uveitis and Iridocyclitis
  • Vascular Disease
  • Visual Field Defects
  • Vitreous Hemorrhage
  • Wet Age-Related Macular Degeneration
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11  Procedures

  • Anterior Vitrectomy
  • Cataract Removal Surgery
  • Cornea Surgery
  • Eye Surgery
  • Glaucoma Surgery
  • Ocular Surface Reconstruction
  • Relaxing Incisions, Corneal
  • Scleral Reinforcement Surgery
  • Trabeculotomy Ab Externo
  • Vitrectomy (incl. Macular Hole Repair)
  • Vitreoretinal Surgery

Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for North Carolina.

0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

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  • La State Univ Sch Of Med In Shreveport
    Medical School | Graduated 1987

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

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Languages Spoken

  • English

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Dr. Ochsner's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Ochsner to family and friends
9 total reviews (2 have comments)

Likelihood to Recommend (9)

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Dr. Ochsner's Performance

  • Trustworthiness

  • Explains condition(s) well

  • Answers questions

  • Time well spent


Office & Staff Performance

  • Scheduling

  • Office environment

  • Staff friendliness

  • Average wait time

    31 to 45 minutes

Patient Comments (2)

You don't often find an eye specialist like Dr O, but I found her. Appointments run late at times. But remember, you are getting the BEST in S. E. N. C.
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Dr. Oschner is the best doctor I have seen for my glaucoma and cataract surgeries. I have moved to Raleigh and yesterday went to my first checkup with a Duke Medicine cataract specialist. She was in awe of the care I have received from Dr. Oschner in improving my glaucoma. The Duke doctor called in...more
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