The Glaucoma Service

The Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at the University of Nebraska is a tertiary level referral center for Nebraska and several surrounding states.

A substantial number of the cases seen by our glaucoma specialists are complex referral cases. The service uses state-of-the-art glaucoma diagnostic, laser and surgical equipment for the management of these cases. Drs. Sushma Rai and Vikas Gulati are extensively involved in the teaching of medical students, residents, fellows and allied health professionals.

Dr. Rai did her fellowship training in glaucoma under the direction of Dr. Robert Weinreb at the Shiley Eye Institute at UCSD. She was recruited by Dr. Carl Camras to the faculty at UNMC in 2007. She has provided a seamless transition for the care of the many of Dr. Camras’ patients who are suffering from advanced and complex glaucoma problems.

She is also involved in basic and clinical research projects in collaboration with the rest of the glaucoma team at UNMC.

She is board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and specializes in the diagnosis and management of glaucoma and cataracts. Dr. Rai provides the most advanced, medical, laser and surgical care available for treating glaucoma. She also specializes in small-incision cataract surgery. Her areas of special interests include: clinical trials involving glaucoma medication and surgery innovation, management of complex glaucoma and cataract cases and secondary intraocular lens surgery.

Because there are often many different treatment alternatives, she spends time educating her patients on the pros and cons of these alternatives. Her philosophy on successful management of glaucoma is highly correlated to how engaged patients are in their treatment plan.

She is a board member of Prevent Blindness Nebraska and also serves on their Medical Advisory Council.

Vikas Gulati, M.D.Dr. Gulati is a board certified, fellowship-trained glaucoma specialist. Dr Gulati did his residency at the University of Nebraska and glaucoma fellowships at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary of Harvard Medical School and at University of Nebraska with Dr. Carl Camras.

Dr. Gulati specializes in the management of all forms of glaucoma, adult and pediatric. Dr. Gulati has authored over 50 abstracts and peer-reviewed publications addressing ways to diagnose and treat glaucoma. He is the recipient of the American Glaucoma Society’s Clinician Scientist Award and MAPS Award for the year 2010.

Dr. Gulati’s current research with Dr. Carol Toris studies the flow of fluid through the eye and how it is altered by different types of diseases and treatments. He is also working to develop newer glaucoma surgical procedures and drainage devices.

The glaucoma service at UNMC is dedicated to providing superb care to our patients with the latest technology, while continuing to educate future ophthalmologists.

To refer a patient to one of our glaucoma doctors, please call 402-559-2020.

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UNMC Physicians Eye Specialties
at 3902 Leavenworth Street
(near campus)
(402) 559-2020