Duke Eye Center of Winston-Salem: An ever growing vision!



Duke Eye Center of Winston Salem has been serving patients in Forsyth and the surrounding counties for more than 20 years.  A well-established eye care center, it is known for comprehensive eye care, including treatment for corneal disease, cataracts, glaucoma, dry eye, routine eye exams, and eyelid and facial cosmetic surgery. To better serve patients and meet the needs of the rapidly growing region, Duke Eye Center of Winston-Salem continues to expand by adding new providers and services.

New Pediatric Services

Faramarz Hidaji, MD serves as the first pediatric eye care provider at Duke Eye Center of Winston-Salem.  He is a fellowship-trained, board-certified pediatric ophthalmologist treating patients with strabismus, pediatric lacrimal disease, ptosis, retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) and pediatric cataracts.

He also sees adult patients requiring oculofacial plastic surgery for upper and lower blepharoplasty, brow lift, ptosis repair, tumor removal and eyelid reconstruction. Hidaji is a diplomate of the board of integrative holistic medicine. He joins Duke from Visionary Eye Care, PC, where he was the Medical Director for 17 years.

Hidaji uses each interaction with a patient as an opportunity to make a positive difference in his or her life.   “It is an honor to serve the Forsyth community, work alongside leaders in ophthalmology at Duke, and maintain the reputation of excellence in patient care,” he said.

Not only is Hidaji committed to his local patients, he has a passion for fighting blindness around the world and has spent time abroad volunteering for Healing the Children NJ, Project Orbis and World Cataract Foundation.   These organizations provide critical medical care to children around the world that they otherwise are unable to obtain.   He recently completed a mission trip with Healing the Children in the Dominican Republic where 25 strabismus surgeries were performed.

“Being able to donate my time to help these children is highly rewarding. When I am abroad on a mission trip, I am able to focus on helping children that may not have had a chance at treatment. It reminds me of why I became a doctor in the first place,” said Hidaji.

In September, a new cornea and cataract specialist, and an oculofacial plastics specialist will join the practice to further expand eye care services in the region.

Carol Ziel, MD, glaucoma specialist and medical director for the practice, says that the growth of Duke Eye Center provides better access to specialty-trained ophthalmologists in the Winston-Salem area. “We are proud to serve our community and offer treatment for common to complex eye diseases,” said Ziel

One of the top eye centers in the country, Duke Eye Center is ranked #6 by the US News and World Report Best Hospitals survey.  Duke eye care providers offer the best-in-class care.  Patients and their families receive prompt, effective treatment at the earliest possible stage of their illness, in order to prevent — or halt — the progression of blinding eye diseases.

Duke Eye Center of Winston-Salem is located at 1340 Creekshire Way, Suite 100, learn more about them at www.dukehealth.org/locations/duke-eye-center-of-winston-salem, or call 336-768-3240 to schedule an appointment. Office hours are Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Visit dukeeye.org for more information about our providers and services.


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