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Dr. Ernest Bhend is an
ophthalmologist and cataract surgeon who specializes in eye exams, general ophthalmology and
anterior segment eye disease/surgery. Dr. Bhend received his undergraduate
degree from the University of Missouri – Columbia and
his medical degree from the University of Missouri – Columbia School of
Medicine. He completed his internship in internal medicine at the University of
Missouri – Columbia hospital and clinics. He then completed his residency at the
Mason Eye Institute, University of Missouri – Columbia. Prior to joining
CEENTA, Dr. Bhend was at the Missouri Eye Institute – Joplin, where he spent 10
years as a general ophthalmologist. Dr. Bhend’s areas of focus include cataract surgery, femto laser-assisted cataract surgery, premium intraocular
lenses, combined cataract-glaucoma procedures, and ocular surface disease/dry
eye disease. Dr. Bhend is board certified by the American Academy of
Ophthalmology. Dr. Bhend is a member of
the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) and the American Society of
Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS).
Dr. Bhend practices in our Fort Mill (601 S. Sutton Road, Suite 201, Fort Mill, SC) office. To make an appointment with him, call 704-295-3000. You can also
request an appointment online or through myCEENTAchart.
UndergraduateBachelor of Arts – Biology, University of Missouri-Columbia, 1993
Post-GraduateCertificate in Surgical Technology, Ozarks Technical College, 1994
MedicalUniversity of Missouri – Columbia School of Medicine, 2001
InternshipUniversity of Missouri – Columbia Hospitals and Clinics, Harry S. Truman Memorial Veteran’s Hospital, 2002
ResidencyMason Eye Institute, University of Missouri – Columbia Hospitals and Clinics, Harry S. Truman Memorial Veteran’s Hospital, 2005
Board Certified:American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO)
Member:American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons (ASCRS)
Femto Laser-Assisted Cataract Surgery: Femto Laser-Assisted Cataract Surgery, or FLACS, replaces many of the steps during cataract surgery that require a blade and softens the cataract, allowing for an easier and smoother removal. In addition, the laser corrects mild astigmatism by relaxing the cornea at a precise depth, length, and orientation in a more precise and effective manner compared to manual, hand-made incisions. It can also improve the quality of vision by reducing some visual aberrations, it expands the visual range of astigmatism-correcting lens implants, and it may enhance the quality and range of near vision in extended range lens implants.
Smith Glynn Callaway Medical Foundation Certificate of MeritIn Recognition of Outstanding Educational DevelopmentSurgical Technology ProgramOzarks Technical CollegeSpringfield, MO 1994
Summa Cum LaudeSurgical Technology ProgramOzarks Technical CollegeSpringfield, MO 1994
Phi Theta Kappa National Honor SocietyOzarks Technical CollegeSpringfield, MO 1994
Flow-Dickey-Funk Memorial Research ScholarshipMason Eye InstituteUniversity of Missouri – Columbia Hospital and Clinics1998
John Aure Buessler Award for Excellence in OphthalmologyUniversity of Missouri – Columbia School of Medicine2001
Elfriede Tachman Memorial Scholarship for Recognition ofExcellence in Patient CareUniversity of Missouri – Columbia School of Medicine2001
Dr. Bhend has given continuing education talks including:
"Effects of Dry Eye on Cataract and Refractive Surgery""Diabetic Eye Disease: Pathology, Diagnosis, and Treatment""Diabetic Eye Disease: Review of Pathology & Update on Treatments""OCT: A Review of Optic Nerve and Macula Studies with Case Presentations""The Blue Light Controversy"
“Excimer Laser Lamellar Keratoplasty – An Animal Model”Ernest M. Bhend and John Cowden, MDPoster presentation at the annual Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) meeting, Fort Lauderdale, FL1999 (results not published)
“Autofluorescence in Optic Nerve Drusen”Ernest M. Bhend, MD and Lenworth N. Johnson, MDPresentation given at the annual Mason Eye Institute Resident’s and Alumni Meeting2003 (results not published)