Clinical InterestsEye Exams & Routine Eye CareGlaucomaCataracts and Cataract SurgeryDiabetic Eye CarePink Eye and Other Eye InfectionsFemto Laser Assisted Cataract SurgeryAstigmatism, Myopia and Presbyopia
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Dr. Ian Kirchner is an ophthalmologist who specializes in glaucoma treatment.
Dr. Kirchner earned his bachelor’s degree from Wheaton College and his doctorate from the Stritch School of Medicine at Loyola University Chicago. His ophthalmology residency was at Sinai Hospital of Baltimore/Krieger Eye Institute, and he was chief resident during his final year. His glaucoma fellowship was at the Yale University Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Science, where he was also an instructor.
Dr. Kirchner has co-authored numerous publications about eye care health and has been involved in a number of research projects.
Dr. Kirchner has also offered volunteer medical care to patients in the United States, Kenya, and Honduras.
Dr. Kirchner practices in our Statesville (646 Hartness Road, Statesville, NC) and University (2325 West Arbors Drive, Suite 201, Charlotte, NC) offices. To make an appointment with him, call 704-295-3000. You can also request an appointment online or through myCEENTAchart.
Education & Fellowship
Bachelor of Arts in psychology with pre-medicine, summa cum laude, Wheaton College, 2009
Doctor of Medicine with honors in bioethics, Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine, 2014
Internal Medicine, Sinai Hospital of Baltimore, 2015
Ophthalmology, Sinai Hospital of Baltimore/Krieger Eye Institute, 2018, Chief Resident, 2017-2018
Glaucoma, Yale School of Medicine, Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Science, 2019
Dr. Kirchner provides minimally-invasive glaucoma surgery (MIGS). MIGS is a less-invasive glaucoma surgery using microscopic equipment that helps reduce pressure inside the eye. MIGS uses tiny incisions with minimal trauma. It is very efficient, with a high safety profile, and quick recovery times.
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.
Kirchner ID, McLaughlin JP, Dinh B, Scharper PH.Incidence of pars plana vitrectomy for complications related to proliferative diabetic retinopathy in patients previously treated with panretinal photocoagulation. Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science. 2018; 59(9), 874-874.
Kirchner ID, Waldman CW, Sunness JS. A series of five patients with foveal hypoplasia with good visual acuity. Retina Cases and Brief Reports. Published May 31, 2017.
Gange WS, Kirchner ID, Thompson JA, Hill J, Leonetti JP, Anderson DE, Bouchard CS.Ophthalmic complications following acoustic neuroma resection. Operative Neurosurgery. 2018; 14(1):58-65.
Kirchner ID, Parikh RA, Waldman CW, Shif OA, Scharper PH.In office gas-fluid exchange and face-down positioning for treatment of refractory macular edema in post-vitrectomy patients. Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science. 2016; 12: 5838.
Kirchner ID, Waldman CW, Ellenberg DY, Scharper PH.Macular edema due to CRVO in a leukemia patient: anti-VEGF therapy was effective in a pediatric patient. Retinal Physician. 2015; 12: 61-63.
Kirchner ID, Kondapalli SA, Yoo D, Bouchard C.Ocular complications following acoustic neuroma resection. Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science. 2014; 55(13): 2779.
Join My Team
Dr. Kirchner is currently looking for an Ophthalmic Assistant who will be responsible for assisting him by providing preliminary medical evaluation to include diagnostic evaluation for clinical patients as well as providing medical treatment and medical care services to patients by performing duties within the scope of the policy and procedures defined by CEENTA. This is a full-time non-exempt position and would travel between two offices, as the physician, Dr. Kirchner, sees patients in our University area office and Statesville, NC. To learn more about the job, click here.