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Dr. Bernard Godley

Retinal Surgery
Galveston, TX
33 years experience male

Locations

UTMB Health Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences

Galveston, TX

Address

700 University Blvd, Galveston, TX
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My office hours

Tuesday: 5:00am - 5:00pm
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Practice website

MD Anderson Cancer Center

Houston, TX

UTMB Eye Center

Friendswood , TX

About

Bio

Dr. Godley grew up in Detroit, MI. He attained his undergraduate degree in Biology, <i>magna cum laude,</i> from Brown University and worked in a laboratory on brain pharmacology. Dr. Godley is an <i></i><i>cum laude</i> graduate from Harvard Medical School in Boston and did a medical internship at the Brigham and Women's Hospital . He moved to Iowa City, Iowa to attend ophthalmology residency during which time he rekindled his love of horses and horseback riding. After completing his residency training and fellowships in Medical Retina at Moorfields Eye Hospital and University of London, and Retinal Surgery at the Retina Institute of Maryland, Baltimore, MD, He moved to Texas and was appointed Associate Professor of Ophthalmology at University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston. After a stint in building a successful private practice in Dallas, TX, he returned to UTMB and is currently Professor and Chair of Ophthalmology at UTMB and Professor at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, TX. <strong>"Our practice is committed to providing the best evidence-based care in an efficient, patient-centered manner. We will attempt to see consults the same day they are requested."</strong>

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Retinal Surgery

Doctor Q&A

200 Answers
577 Agrees
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A 59-year-old male asked:
Dr. Bernard Godley
Retinal Surgery 33 years experience
25 lbs: In my definition, heavy lifting restriction is no more than 25 lbs. After retinal surgery, in my opinion, 8 weeks should be sufficient for that restri... Read More
A 58-year-old female asked:
Dr. Bernard Godley
Retinal Surgery 33 years experience
Probably Not: Unlikely, particularly if you have already had a posterior vitreous detachment.
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bernard Godley
Retinal Surgery 33 years experience
At least ten years: Factors that affect the onset of diabetic retinopathy include the degree of blood sugar and blood pressure control and the duration of diabetes.
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bernard Godley
Retinal Surgery 33 years experience
Promising: Age-related macular degeneration is a chronic disease of the central part of the retina. It is broken down into two types, the "dry" form, which invol... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bernard Godley
Retinal Surgery 33 years experience
It Depends..........: There are 3 main options for treating diabetic retinopathy: 1) laser photocoagulation; 2) intraocular injection; and 3) vitrectomy surgery. The type ... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bernard Godley
Retinal Surgery 33 years experience
See ophthalmologist: The best way to be sure is to be seen by an ophthalmologist asap and get a dilated examination of the retina. Common symptoms of retinal detachment ar... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bernard Godley
Retinal Surgery 33 years experience
Genetic Disease: Age-related macular degeneration is a chronic disease of the central part of the retina. It is broken down into two types, the dry form , which involv... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bernard Godley
Retinal Surgery 33 years experience
Vitrectomy: If the symptoms are severe enough, a retinal surgeon can perform a vitrectomy operation which involves delicately peeling the wrinkled membrane from t... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bernard Godley
Retinal Surgery 33 years experience
Painless sight loss: Signs of rd are those seen by examining eye doctor: subretinal fluid, retinal tear, pigment cells in vitreous, and pvd. The symptoms that a patient e... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bernard Godley
Retinal Surgery 33 years experience
It depends: The longer the retina has been detached, the poorer the surgical outcomes. Generally speaking, greater than 90% of retinal detachnments can be repaire... Read More
A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bernard Godley
Retinal Surgery 33 years experience
Genetics are Key: Recent studies show that the main risk factors for developing amd are genes you inherited from your parents related to inflammation. Environment also ... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bernard Godley
Retinal Surgery 33 years experience
Don't Delay: When the retinal layer peels away from the eye wall (like wall paper), it is detached. When the retina separates like this vision is impaired. This is... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bernard Godley
Retinal Surgery 33 years experience
Vision Loss: Diabetic retinopathy is due to years of diabetes, often less than optimally controlled, which results in damage to retina blood vessels. Maculopathy i... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bernard Godley
Retinal Surgery 33 years experience
Surgery: When the retinal layer peels away from the eye wall (like wall paper), it is detached. When the retina separates like this vision is impaired. Dependi... Read More
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Bernard Godley
Retinal Surgery 33 years experience
Do: Do get an annual dilated exam of the retina. Diabetes is a leading cause of blindness.
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Bernard Godley
Retinal Surgery 33 years experience
Always: Always carry prescription medications in a carry-on, instead of checked bags.
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bernard Godley
Retinal Surgery 33 years experience
It depends.: There are many variables that help your ophthalmologist decide which treatment options to use. Depending on the severity and location of the retinopat... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Bernard Godley
Retinal Surgery 33 years experience
See Doctor: This could be a problem related to fit of your cl or cl over wear. Best to see your eye doctor to make sure your eye is not infected. Stay out of you... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bernard Godley
Retinal Surgery 33 years experience
Progressive Loss: Signs of rd are those seen by examining eye doctor: subretinal fluid, retinal tear, pigment cells in vitreous, and pvd. The symptoms that a patient e... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bernard Godley
Retinal Surgery 33 years experience
Control Risk Factors: Tight control of glucose can help prevent or delay the onset of retinopathy. Control of blood pressure and cholesterol are also important factors. Tr... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Bernard Godley
Retinal Surgery 33 years experience
Unclear: Retinitis pigmentosa is a group of inherited disorders that cause degeneration of the retina and vision loss. The most common symptoms are night blin... Read More
A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. Bernard Godley
Retinal Surgery 33 years experience
Guarded Prognosis: Pain and red eye usually aren't associated with retinal detachment unless it is chronic or unless the eye has inflammation and the detachment is cause... Read More
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Bernard Godley
Retinal Surgery 33 years experience
Do: Do get an annual dilated eye exam from an ophthalmologist. Diabetes is a leading cause of blindness.
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bernard Godley
Retinal Surgery 33 years experience
Pneumatic Retinopexy: This is an in office procedure that is used for certain types of retinal detachments. Not everyone is a good candidate. It involves laser or cryopexy(... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Bernard Godley
Retinal Surgery 33 years experience
Microsurgery: A vitrectomy operation is a microsurgical procedure performed under a microscope in which the retinal surgeon removes vitreous gel from the back of th... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bernard Godley
Retinal Surgery 33 years experience
Chronic Disease: Age-related macular degeneration is a chronic disease of the central part of the retina. It is broken down into two types, the dry; form, which involv... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bernard Godley
Retinal Surgery 33 years experience
Common for PVR: Pvr is the most common cause of failure for retinal detachment surgery. Some patients have a very active healing response which creates scar tissue th... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bernard Godley
Retinal Surgery 33 years experience
Retinal Chip: Retinitis pigmentosa is a group of inherited disorders that cause degeneration of the retina and vision loss. Depending on the type, some vision can ... Read More
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Bernard Godley
Retinal Surgery 33 years experience
1)Digital: 1)digital scale, track wt. Daily 2)4 liters water daily 3)take pics of all you eat, review daily.
A 52-year-old female asked:
Dr. Bernard Godley
Retinal Surgery 33 years experience
Several Reasons: The gas bubble may be smaller than expected because an insufficient amount or concentration was placed in the eye at surgery or leakage occurred from ... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bernard Godley
Retinal Surgery 33 years experience
It Depends: Retinal detachment surgery can involve a range of surgical techniques from an office procedure to operative surgery. Typical recovery ranges from 2 to... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bernard Godley
Retinal Surgery 33 years experience
Microsurgery: A vitrectomy operation is a microsurgical procedure performed under a microscope in which the retinal surgeon removes vitreous gel from the back of th... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bernard Godley
Retinal Surgery 33 years experience
Very Low: Most people who live into their 70's will experience a PVD due to collapse of the vitreous gel with aging; 99.99% of these will not result in a retin... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bernard Godley
Retinal Surgery 33 years experience
Retinal Chip: Retinitis pigmentosa is a group of inherited disorders that cause degeneration of the retina and vision loss. Depending on the type, some vision can ... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bernard Godley
Retinal Surgery 33 years experience
Genetic Disease: Age-related macular degeneration is a chronic disease of the central part of the retina. It is broken down into two types, the dry form , which involv... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bernard Godley
Retinal Surgery 33 years experience
Several: Age-related macular degeneration is a chronic disease of the central part of the retina. It is broken down into two types, the "dry" form, which invol... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bernard Godley
Retinal Surgery 33 years experience
Vitrectomy Surgery: Vitrectomy surgery is the most common treatment for macular holes and provides the best chance for regaining lost vision and helping with visual disto... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bernard Godley
Retinal Surgery 33 years experience
Inherited disease: Stargardts macular dystrophy is usually a bilateral form of macular degeneration which leads to severe central vision loss by the 5th decade of life. ... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bernard Godley
Retinal Surgery 33 years experience
It is uncommon: In a small percentage of cases, such as long-standing retinal detachments, excessive scarring, or in eyes that have had multiple surgeries, it may not... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bernard Godley
Retinal Surgery 33 years experience
Depends: The eye usually starts to look and feel better after a couple of weeks. Visual recovery depends on the severity of the underlying retinal disease and ... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bernard Godley
Retinal Surgery 33 years experience
Duration of Diabetes: The main risk factors for causing pdr are having diabetes for longer than 10 years and poor blood sugar control. Pdr results when retinal blood vessel... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bernard Godley
Retinal Surgery 33 years experience
A risk factor: One of the risk factors for retinal detachment is severe nearsightedness or myopia. Individuals with this condition tend to have thin retinas with fra... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bernard Godley
Retinal Surgery 33 years experience
Floaters: The most common symptom of blood in the back of the eye is new floaters and vision loss. See your ophthalmologist for an examination immediately.
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bernard Godley
Retinal Surgery 33 years experience
Age Related: All of those conditions are predominantly age related, although all can occur less often in young people.
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bernard Godley
Retinal Surgery 33 years experience
Wrinkle on Retina: Macular pucker or epiretinal membrane results in formation of a thin layer of scar tissue which distorts the retina. It is caused by cells migrating t... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bernard Godley
Retinal Surgery 33 years experience
Flashes and Floaters: The classic visual symptoms of retinal detachment are light flashes, floaters, and loss of vision. Someone who experiences these symptoms should see ... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bernard Godley
Retinal Surgery 33 years experience
Yes.: One of the risk factors for retinal detachment is severe nearsightedness or myopia. Individuals with this condition tend to have thin retinas with fra... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bernard Godley
Retinal Surgery 33 years experience
It Depends: Your expectations for visual recovery depend on what the condition is that you need the surgery for. As far as what to expect for the surgery itself, ... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bernard Godley
Retinal Surgery 33 years experience
Increase with age: Both conditions are related to increasing age, so it is possible to have both. This person should be seeing both a glaucoma and retina specialist for ... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bernard Godley
Retinal Surgery 33 years experience
Get evaluated.: When the retinal layer peels away from the eye wall (like wall paper), it is detached. When the retina separates like this vision is impaired. This is... Read More

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Aug 31, 2013
I endorse Dr Godley for his excellent contributions and thoughtful answers to the questions he composes for the HealthTap community.
Sep 5, 2013
A welcome addition to Healthtap who is providing great answers
Aug 30, 2013
Gives knowledgeable, trustworthy answers. Highly recommend.
HealthTap member
This made me feel good. Thanks! Your answer was heart warming. i see i have a good future. I forgot to ask my surgeon this question but now I have new data to ask him next time I see him.
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Thanks for your quick reply! I have been wearing CL same brand for the past 6 yrs.But I will see dr
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Ive had 8 detached retina surgeries in 13 months.

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Harvard Medical School, MA
Graduated 1989MD

Medical/Graduate school

MIT
Graduated 1987MD

Residency

university of IOWA HOSPITAL & CLINICS

Awards

Ron G. Michels Fellowship Award
Paul Beeson Physician Faculty Scholar
Robertson-Poth Distinguished Chair in Ophthalmology

Affiliations

Fellow, American College of Surgeons
Retina Society
Diplomat,American Academy of Ophthalmology

Publications

Nicotine exposure exacerbates development of cataracts in a type 1 diabetic rat model
Effects of 30-day head-down bed rest on ocular structures and visual function in a healthy subject.
Factors affecting visual outcome after small-incision phacoemulsification in diabetic patients
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