Friday, January 6, 2012

Ophthalmologist Brett J. Karlik, M.D. performs cataract surgery at KCH

Photo ID: l-r Christian Howard, OD welcomes Ophthalmologist Brett Karlik, MD to see surgical patients at his Allegheny Eye Care office in Kane.

Brett J. Karlik, M.D. has extended his surgical care to Kane Area residents through a relationship with Christian Howard, O.D. of Allegheny Eye Care.  He began doing surgeries at KCH in early December.

Dr. Karlik sees area patients at Allegheny Eye Care in Kane and performs surgeries at Kane Community Hospital (KCH) through KCH’s short procedures unit (SPU)/same day surgery.  Dr. Howard provides next day, post-operative care for the convenience of his patients. 

“KCH is pleased to extend privileges to Dr. Karlik to perform cataract surgery at Kane Community Hospital (KCH),” stated J. Gary Rhodes., Vice President, UPMC Hamot and CEO, Kane Community Hospital.  “His services and expertise have re-established ophthalmologic surgery adding to the growing list of specialty care options at KCH and provide patients with high-quality care close to home.”
Dr. Karlik is an associate of Elk County Eye Clinic and longtime St. Mary's ophthalmologist Luis W. Lu, M.D.   He serves on the ERHC staff and that of the Regional Ambulatory Surgery Center of which UPMC Hamot is a regional partner.

At KCH Dr. Karlik performs cataract surgery. Among Dr. Karlik’s specialties is no-stitch micro-incision cataract extraction. “Cataract removal is a tricky thing,” he said. “It’s very delicate microsurgery and every single case is different. It’s one of the surgical procedures I love to do in the operating room because it’s such a challenge and because a successful surgery makes so much of a difference to a patient’s eyesight.”

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Karlik, call the Elk County Eye Clinic at 781-3435. Ask for an appointment at Allegheny Eye Care in Kane.

Dr. Brett J. Karlik is a Pittsburgh native who began his undergraduate career at Duquesne University. He distinguished himself by gaining early acceptance into medical school and earning a medical degree from the Drexel College of Medicine. Subsequently, Dr. Karlik went on to complete a surgical residency while living in New York. During that time he served as the Chief of Ophthalmology for Long Island’s Nassau University Medical Center. He is a skilled ophthalmic surgeon, versatile in performing no stitch micro-incision cataract surgery, pterygium excision, eyelid blepharoplasty, botox treatment, and laser refractive vision correction. Dr. Karlik has performed hundreds of cataract and laser surgical procedures.

Dr. Karlik earned his medical degree in 2003 and did an internship at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and a residency in ophthalmology at Nassau University Medical Center in East Meadow, NY, where he was the chief ophthalmology resident.

Before coming to the area, Dr. Karlik worked at The Lasik Vision Institute and Karlik Ophthalmology. He is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and serves as an instructor for the family practice residency at UPMC-Mercy

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