Services

Ophthalmology

The ophthalmology services at Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital provide a clear choice for advanced outpatient treatment for diseases and conditions of the eye right here in Lincoln. We have a state-of-the art facility featuring the latest equipment and staffed with some of the most experienced physician specialists.

Cataract Surgery

Your focus is our focus. The most common ophthalmologic procedure at ALMH is cataract surgery with options that include no-stitch cataract and laser surgery. These are outpatient procedures that typically take no more than 10 to 15 minutes, during which time light sedation may be offered for anxiety. Because of the preparation and short recovery time, your family can expect to spend one to two hours in the waiting room.

Patrick J. Butler, M.D. is board certified in Ophthalmology and is currently the dedicated ophthalmic surgeon at ALMH. Dr. Butler’s top areas of focus include glaucoma surgery and no-stitch cataract surgery.

Education and Professional Certifications

  • Medical: University of California School of Medicine, San Francisco, CA
  • Residency: Ophthalmology, University of California School of Medicine, San Francisco, CA
  • Fellowship: Glaucoma, University of California School of Medicine, San Francisco, CA
  • Board Certified: Ophthalmology

Appointments

You may be referred to Dr. Butler through your optometrist or through your primary care physician. If you are seeking a primary care physician, please see MemorialMD.com for a physician closest to you.

If surgery is determined to be the next appropriate step for your care after meeting with Dr. Butler at a Memorial Health System affiliate or other outreach location, his office will call ALMH and make your surgical appointment for you.

Once your surgery is scheduled, you will need to see your primary physician for a physical within 30 days of the surgery.

Download our Surgery Preparation Guide.

Prior to surgery, a member of the ALMH nursing team will call to take your health history, answer any questions you may have and provide any appropriate pre-surgical education and instructions. It is our goal that you have a GREAT patient experience. If you have any questions about what to expect, please feel free to ask the nurses at any time leading up to your surgery.

The day of the surgery, please remember to bring your prescribed eye drops with you.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Do I need a referral?

We recommend you contact your insurance provider prior to making a surgical appointment. You may be required to have a referral to a specialist.

What is the difference between an ophthalmologist and an optometrist?

An optometrist is an eye doctor who has earned the Doctor of Optometry (OD) degree. Ophthalmologists are medical doctors (MD) who specialize in eye and vision care.

What should I bring the day of my surgery since it is outpatient?

On the day of surgery remember to bring your prescribed eye drops, ID, current insurance card, any orders or testing required by your physician, a current medication list and a copy of any advanced directives (living will or durable power of attorney for healthcare). You should have someone with you who could drive you home as you may be drowsy.

What should I expect after surgery?

The recovery time for cataract surgery is relatively quick due to the short length of the procedure and the light sedation required. You may be drowsy after surgery and you should prepare to have a support person drive you home. Typically your vision is not clear enough to safely drive yourself home after cataract surgery.

Your vision should begin to improve within a few days but may be blurry at first as your eye heals and adjusts. You’ll typically see Dr. Butler for a follow-up appointment within a day or two of surgery, then the following week and then again after a month to monitor healing.