Dr. Bernard Godley

Retinal Surgery
Galveston, TX
34 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

Thursday: 8:00am - 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 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bernard Godley
Retinal Surgery 34 years experience
Depends on Risk: If you are at risk because you are nearsighted, then yes, you can exercise. If you are at risk because you have had multiple retinal tears, then i wou... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bernard Godley
Retinal Surgery 34 years experience
Managable: Dr is not curable, but manageable. Tight control of glucose can help prevent or delay the onset of retinopathy. Control of blood pressure and choleste... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bernard Godley
Retinal Surgery 34 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. It ... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bernard Godley
Retinal Surgery 34 years experience
Just on one eye: The eye patch is protective for the operative eye only. It is not common nowadays to have both eyes patched if only one eye is operated on.
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bernard Godley
Retinal Surgery 34 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. It ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bernard Godley
Retinal Surgery 34 years experience
No pain with RD: 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
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bernard Godley
Retinal Surgery 34 years experience
Unclear: Need to know whether you have an rd or just suggestive symptoms to give the best answer. If you really have an rd, best to get seen asap, since condit... Read More
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A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bernard Godley
Retinal Surgery 34 years experience
Reposition Retina: Repairing a retinal detachment involves use of specialized techniques to either remove scar tissue causing a tractional elevation of retina or to clo... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bernard Godley
Retinal Surgery 34 years experience
Control Risk Factors: The only proven way to reduce the risk of diabetic retinopathy is to tightly control blood sugar, blood pressure, and cholesterol levels. See a medica... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bernard Godley
Retinal Surgery 34 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
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bernard Godley
Retinal Surgery 34 years experience
Macular Hole: Macular hole is one of the most common forms of damage to the fovea centralis. The picture to the right shows a circular defect in the center of the r... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bernard Godley
Retinal Surgery 34 years experience
No evidence: The genes your inherit from your parents play the biggest role in determining your susceptibility to amd. There is no direct evidence that taking supp... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bernard Godley
Retinal Surgery 34 years experience
Discuss w/ Retina MD: The most common complication from a vitrectomy is progression of cataract. At your age of 44, that may not be a major factor. Other risks that occur l... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bernard Godley
Retinal Surgery 34 years experience
Search Retina Doc: Search retina doctors on healthtap in your area. Alternatively, you can look up pediatric retina specialists at american academy of ophthalmology. Org... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Bernard Godley
Retinal Surgery 34 years experience
Retina Specialist: This is an ophthalmologist who has specialized training in diabetic retinopathy and other diseases of the retina. Check the website of the american so... Read More
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bernard Godley
Retinal Surgery 34 years experience
Yes: Direct blunt force to the eye or force applied to the head can cause a retinal detachment.
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bernard Godley
Retinal Surgery 34 years experience
No evidence: Most of the risk of developing amd is genetically determined. There is no evidence that taking supplements prior to developing the signs of amd will p... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bernard Godley
Retinal Surgery 34 years experience
Depends: Once the retina has been reattached, it should remain stable. Depending on how the detachment was repaired you may still be susceptible to a recurrenc... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bernard Godley
Retinal Surgery 34 years experience
Outpatient Surgery: A retinal detachment can be repaired two ways. First, via an in-office procedure called a pneumatic retinopexy, and second, a more involved outpatient... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bernard Godley
Retinal Surgery 34 years experience
Several Causes: 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
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bernard Godley
Retinal Surgery 34 years experience
Genetic Disease: Retinitis pigmentosa is a group of inherited disorders that cause degeneration of the retina and vision loss. The condition can be inherited in multip... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bernard Godley
Retinal Surgery 34 years experience
Microsurgery: It is an outpatient operation in which microscopic instruments are used to remove the vitreous gel and manipulate other tissues. The surgery is done ... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bernard Godley
Retinal Surgery 34 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
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bernard Godley
Retinal Surgery 34 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
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bernard Godley
Retinal Surgery 34 years experience
It Depends: 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
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bernard Godley
Retinal Surgery 34 years experience
Not likely: Possible, but unlikely. If your head movements are extreme during vomiting, it is possible.
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bernard Godley
Retinal Surgery 34 years experience
It depends: Vision loss can be due to a number of factors, including retinal detachment. In iowa city, iowa you are fortunate to be close to one of the nation's t... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bernard Godley
Retinal Surgery 34 years experience
It is possible: If the retinal detachment has separated the central part of the retina, which is called a macula-off detachment, the prognosis is worse than when it d... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bernard Godley
Retinal Surgery 34 years experience
It Depends: Barry: every surgery has risks. It would be helpful to know what the underlying retinal condition is, to balance risks vs. Benefits. The risk of compl... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bernard Godley
Retinal Surgery 34 years experience
Inherited Disease: Retinitis pigmentosa is a group of inherited disorders that cause degeneration of the retina and vision loss. The condition can be inherited in multip... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bernard Godley
Retinal Surgery 34 years experience
It Depends: Optometry training is limited compared to a board certified md ophthalmologist. Some optometrists are capable of carefully examining the peripheral re... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bernard Godley
Retinal Surgery 34 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
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Bernard Godley
Retinal Surgery 34 years experience
Reposition Retina: Repairing a retinal detachment involves use of specialized techniques to either remove scar tissue causing a tractional elevation of retina or to clo... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Bernard Godley
Retinal Surgery 34 years experience
Several Options: 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
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bernard Godley
Retinal Surgery 34 years experience
Hole in Retina: An rd is usually caused by a hole or tear in the retina or from membranes pulling on the retina. If you are referring to an rd after lasik, it is poss... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bernard Godley
Retinal Surgery 34 years experience
It is possible: It is possible, but there are many factors that can affect the results.Depending on the type and duration of detachment, and the surgical outcomes, it... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bernard Godley
Retinal Surgery 34 years experience
Agree: Macular hole repair with or without a retinal detachment need to be addressed through an internal approach using vitrectomy techniques. Gas, or oil an... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bernard Godley
Retinal Surgery 34 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
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bernard Godley
Retinal Surgery 34 years experience
Depends: It depends on the technique used to treat it, for example it takes at least 2 weeks for laser treatment to reach maximum strength in adhering the reti... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bernard Godley
Retinal Surgery 34 years experience
Vision 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
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bernard Godley
Retinal Surgery 34 years experience
How Long?: The key questions are how long have you had it? Is it recurrent? Have you had a complete prp laser? If you have a bleed and it clears in a few days, ... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bernard Godley
Retinal Surgery 34 years experience
Depends on Location: The symptoms that a patient experiences are progressive loss or greying; of vision which may involve the central vision. This may be proceeded by flas... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bernard Godley
Retinal Surgery 34 years experience
Vitreous Floaters: The back part of the eye is filled with clear jelly-like substance called vitreous. As it begins to liquefy over time, some of the fibers and debris b... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bernard Godley
Retinal Surgery 34 years experience
Yes: 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
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bernard Godley
Retinal Surgery 34 years experience
Several Options: 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
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bernard Godley
Retinal Surgery 34 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
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bernard Godley
Retinal Surgery 34 years experience
It Depends: 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
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bernard Godley
Retinal Surgery 34 years experience
You are not at risk.: Since you are healthy and do not have (and i assume never had) diabetes, then you will not develop diabetic retinopathy. Diabetic retinopathy results... Read More
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A 34-year-old male asked:
Dr. Bernard Godley
Retinal Surgery 34 years experience
Possibly.: If there is no associated diabetic retinopathy, signs of bleeding or leaking in the retinal layer, then proceeding with cataract surgery is advisable... Read More
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A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Bernard Godley
Retinal Surgery 34 years experience
Up to 3 weeks: Small wounds are sometimes made in the eyeball during retinal detachment surgery. The eye shield is used to protect the eye while it is still fragile ... Read More
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Testimonials
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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.
HealthTap member
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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