Ian Kirchner, MD | FLACS
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Dr. Ian Kirchner is an ophthalmologist and glaucoma specialist who provides a variety of eye care services including routine eye exams, traditional and laser-assisted cataract surgery, diabetic eye care, vision treatment, and eye infection 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, use our online portal 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

Featured Procedures

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.


Had it not been for Dr. Kirchner and his staff at CEENTA, I would still have cataracts that darkened and blurred my vision in both eyes.     - Susan A.
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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.

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