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If you want to see better without the aid of contacts or glasses, contact us. A medical referral is not needed in order to meet with our eye surgeons.

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Triangle Eye serves clients of all ages, including geriatric patients. Contact us for quality cataract treatment.

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Contact our qualified refractive coordinator today to schedule your free LASIK evaluation. Inquire how you can also get a free pair of sunglasses during your consultation visit.

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Triangle Eye Physicians, PA has served the Raleigh, NC area since 1991. Our board-certified ophthalmologists (Eye MDs) diagnose and treat a wide range of eye diseases. Our subspecialties include refractive surgery (Lasik), cataract, corneal disease , diabetic eye disease , and glaucoma. Our goal is to combine the best of care with compassion.

Your eyesight is a precious gift. Let us help you preserve it for a lifetime. Please don't hesitate to contact us  at 919-256-2500.


Eye Doctors Who Care

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At Triangle Eye Physicians, PA, we know how important your vision is in the overall day-to-day functions of your life. This is why we provide board-certified ophthalmologists who are specialized and trained to detect and treat vision disorders such as dry eye, Blepharitis, corneal dystrophies, cataract, glaucoma, diabetic retinal disease, and more.

One trip to Triangle Eye Physicians, PA will help you realize why we have been in business for over two decades. Dr. Smith and her team of ophthalmologists and Lasik eye surgeons provide COMPLETE vision care for a wide range of services ranging from screening eye exams to eye surgery such as laser vision correction (Lasik and PRK), eyelid surgery and cataract eye surgery (to name a few).

We provide many second opinions and consults for other physicians because they trust us to tell the patient what we would do for ourselves and our families. And, having been in Raleigh for so long, we know whom you should see if you need subspecialty care.

Lasik Eye Surgery in Raleigh, N.C.

If you have been experiencing problems related to your vision, and you are questioning whether or not you need an eye surgery such as Lasik, then you first need to consider what type of eye doctor you need to see.

There is often much confusion surrounding the difference between an 'optometrist' versus an 'ophthalmologist'. While both operate under the umbrella of eye care, there are marked differences.

An Optometrist:

  • Is licensed to provide basic eye care services such as a basic eye exam
  • Is able to diagnose various eye diseases such as: glaucoma, cataracts and other retinal diseases
  • Is able to diagnose health-related conditions pertaining to the body, which may be affecting vision (i.e. Diabetes)
  • Is able to diagnose and treat ONLY certain conditions (i.e. Nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism and some surface disease problems)
  • Is able to prescribe glasses, contact lenses, and may perform very minor surgical procedures

We are fortunate to have many excellent optometrists in the Triangle area, and we are delighted to share care with them, when it is appropriate for your particular situation

An Ophthalmologist:

  • Is a medical doctor who specializes in medical and surgical problems related to the eyes
  • Receives numerous years of medical schooling, interning, hospital-based training (residency) and research in ALL aspects of eye care, including the prevention, diagnosis, medical and surgical treatment of various eye conditions and diseases
  • Often will also have had training in a sub-specialty such as: cornea disease, cataract eye surgery, glaucoma and more

We have excellent subspecialty support in the Triangle. Having been in practice in Raleigh for two decades, our knowledge of just the right consultation for you is important, when you need subspecialty care for complex problems.

Dr. Patricia Walsh Smith is a subspecialist in cornea, anterior segment and external disease, that is, fellowship trained at Johns Hopkins. She also has had extensive postgraduate and continuing education in refractive surgery. Despite thousands of refractive procedures in her experience, she attends (and gives) continuing education seminars to learn about the best practices, technologies and coming ideas for her patients. One should never stop learning!

One of the most common procedures that most ophthalmologists perform today is Lasik surgery, a type of refractive surgical procedure that is performed on qualified candidates in order to improve and/or correct imperfect vision.

Speaking with Your Optometrist About Lasik

Though the staff and physicians at Triangle Eye Physicians, PA are best known for our outstanding work with Lasik eye surgery, there are other areas of vision care that we successfully handle on a daily basis. Make sure you read more about these procedures on this page.

Choosing to see an ophthalmologist is an important decision that should not be rushed into. If you are already visiting an optometrist and have discussed the possibility of having an eye surgery such as Lasik performed, your optometrist may be able to recommend an ophthalmologist on your behalf. Ask them about us!
You may want to consider asking your primary care physician for an opinion as well as researching various ophthalmologists via the Better Business Bureau. We are certain that you will find we are mentioned often.

At Triangle Eye Physicians, PA, we accept doctors' referrals for Lasik eye surgery as well as other eye conditions. Dr. Smith and her team of ophthalmologists and Lasik eye surgeons are proud to have earned the reputation of being one of Raleigh's leading ophthalmology and eye surgery centers, treating not only the eye problem but the entire patient as well.

Your eyesight is a precious gift. Let us help you preserve it for a lifetime.

Please don't hesitate to contact us at 919-256-2500