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Dr. Bernard Godley

Retinal Surgery
Galveston, TX
32 years experience male


UTMB Health Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences

Galveston, TX


700 University Blvd, Galveston, TX

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Thursday: 8:00am - 5:00pm
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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

247 Answers
874 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Bernard Godley
Retinal Surgery 32 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 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bernard Godley
Retinal Surgery 32 years experience
Not Really: There is some evidence that by lifestyle modification- healthy diet, quit smoking, lose weight, lower blood pressure and cholesterol, you may be able to provide some protective effect, however not to the extent of stopping it. Even the areds supplements only reduce risk of progression by about 25%. Good luck.
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bernard Godley
Retinal Surgery 32 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 would be more cautious because movement of the vitreous gel could exert tractional force on the retina. Get examined by a retina specialist and ask for clearance to work out before proceeding. Hope this helps. Good luck.

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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.
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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

Graduated 1987MD




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


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