David Robinson, M.D., F.A.C.S.
"Developing our comprehensive, sub-specialty approach to care here at Delaware Eye Institute has been the focus of my career. But restoring vision through cataract surgery, and seeing the look of joy on my patients faces the day after surgery is still my greatest pleasure and source of satisfaction."
Undergraduate: Duke University
Medical School: Duke University
Ophthalmology Residency: Duke Eye Center
Dr. Robinson is the founder and Medical Director of the Delaware Eye Institute. He is a board certified ophthalmologist providing comprehensive eye care services, specializing in no-stitch cataract surgery, glaucoma and laser surgery. He received his undergraduate and medical degree from Duke University. After a one year medical/surgical internship, he then completed three additional years of subspecialty training in eye surgery at the Duke Eye Center. He has performed over 20,000 eye surgical procedures, published numerous articles on the management of eye diseases, developed innovative new designs for microsurgical instrumentation, and lectures internationally on no-stitch cataract surgery.
"Duke provided an amazing environment for me to learn about the eye. As an international leader in ophthalmic research and technology development, I was exposed to cutting edge diagnostic and treatment modalities for the eye. My experience there was the inspiration for developing the Delaware Eye Institute."
Originally starting in solo private practice as a comprehensive ophthalmic surgeon, Dr. Robinson helped pioneer the era of small incision surgery, being among the first to bring phacoemulsification and no-stitch cataract surgery to Delaware. He is currently regarded as one of the premier cataract surgeons in the country, providing patients with leading edge advances in surgical techniques and intraocular lens technologies.
Throughout his career, Dr. Robinson has traveled extensively intentionally to lecture on small incision cataract surgery techniques, and participate in medical mission work. This has included trips to Panama, Guatemala, and Ethiopia. He currently serves on the Humanitarian Committee for the American Society for Cataract and Refractive Surgeons developing an eye clinic in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
|Above are photos of Dr. Robinson's medical mission trip to Guatamala.|
Above photos are from a trip to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Dr. Robinson is shown teaching Dr. Kefyalew no-stitch cataract surgery using phacoemulsification.
Early in his career, however, he saw a pressing need for a facility in Delaware that could provide state of the art care across all sub-specialties in ophthalmology. "When I first arrived in Delaware, patients often had to travel great distances to urban university hospital settings to obtain surgical care for complex cases. This was a great hardship for many patients."
So over the past 20 years, the focus has been on attracting the most well trained and experienced doctors to join the practice. What started as a single physician practice in a 2000 square foot office, has now grown up to be the Delaware Eye Institute, a 26,000 square foot state of the art medical and surgical facility. The staff now includes 11 Board Certified ophthalmologists and an experienced comprehensive optometrist that cover all aspects of eye care including cataract surgery, glaucoma, retina, LASIK refractive surgery, pediatric, and oculoplastic surgery.
In 2003, the Delaware Eye Surgery Center was opened in a new wing of the building. The facility is staffed with experienced nurses dedicated exclusively to eye surgery, and the facility provides state of the art surgical care at a much reduced cost for patients and the community. Along with cataract surgery, glaucoma and plastic surgery, the Surgery Center became the first outpatient facility in Delaware to provide outpatient vitreoretinal surgery for complex retinal disorders.
With the dedicated ancillary staff of close to 70 employees, the Delaware Eye Institute doctors each year see around 40,000 patients for routine and comprehensive eye care, and perform over 5,000 surgical procedures.
Dr. Robinson feels the doctors and staff "are like a big family. Some of our staff have been with us for over 20 years, and many for over 10 or 15 years. That creates a great sense of trust for the patients who see the same staff year after year when they come in for their visits. And our doctors are among the finest professionals I have ever had the pleasure to work with. They each approach medicine with the same philosophy I have, always putting the patients and their families first, and continually staying up to date in order to provide the latest medical treatments and surgical techniques for their patients."
Although wearing many hats as the Medical Director, Dr. Robinson maintains a very active clinical and surgical practice, always striving to bring the latest advances in surgical care to his patients. "Developing our comprehensive, sub-specialty approach to care here at the Delaware Eye Institute has been the focus of my career. But restoring vision through cataract surgery, and seeing the look of joy on my patients faces the day after surgery is still my greatest pleasure and source of satisfaction."
Dr. Robinson and his wife both attended Duke University and have been married for 30 years. They have two grown daughters. Dr Robinson enjoys golfing, hiking and fishing in his spare time.
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