LocationsConcord Huntersville University
Fellowship TrainedCornea Refractive Eye Surgery
Clinical InterestsEye Exams & Routine Eye CareRefractive Eye SurgeryCataracts and Cataract SurgeryDiabetic Eye CarePink Eye and Other Eye InfectionsDry EyeCorneaCommon Eye ProblemsCorneal Cross-LinkingFemto Laser Assisted Cataract SurgeryAstigmatism, Myopia and PresbyopiaRefractive Lens Exchange
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Dr. Kanakamedala earned her bachelor’s degree from Duke University and her medical degree from Indiana University School of Medicine. After an internship year at MacNeal Hospital, she completed her ophthalmology residency at Indiana University School of Medicine and served as chief resident her final year. Her cornea, external disease, and refractive surgery fellowship was at the University of Minnesota.
Dr. Kanakamedala has been involved in several cornea-related research projects, and has contributed to a number of publications about glaucoma care.
Dr. Kanakamedala has participated in medical missions in India, Kenya, and Indonesia. She has also taken part in medical forums in Geneva, Switzerland, and Washington, DC.
Dr. Kanakamedala practices in the following offices:
Concord (645 Amalia St. NE, Concord, NC)
Huntersville (10305 Hamptons Park Drive, Suite 201, Huntersville, NC)
University (2325 West Arbors Drive, Suite 201, Charlotte, NC)
Education & Fellowship
Bachelor of Arts, Program II: Genomics, Race, & Global Health Policy, Duke University, 2010
Doctor of Medicine, Indiana University School of Medicine, 2014
Transitional Year Residency, MacNeal Hospital, 2015
Ophthalmology, Eugene and Marilyn Glick Eye Institute, Indiana University School of Medicine, 2018, Chief Resident 2017-2018
Cornea, External Disease, and Refractive Surgery, University of Minnesota, 2019
Associations & Memberships
Board Certified by:
- American Board of Ophthalmology
- American Academy of Ophthalmology
- American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery
- The Cornea Society
Refractive cataract surgery with Tecnis Multifocal lens and Symfony and Symfony toric extended depth of focus lenses.
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.
Corneal Crosslinking for non-invasive treatment of moderate keratoconus
Cornea Transplantation and Ultrathin, partial thickness corneal transplantation (DSAEK and DMEK)
BlephEx is an in-office procedure for removing excess bacteria and cleaning eyelid margins. The treatment takes only a few minutes to perform and can eliminate chronic and irritating symptoms associated with dry eye and blepharitis.
All these services are available from Dr. Kanakamedala in Concord, Huntersville, and University.
Publications and Posters
Mammo DA, Kanakamedala P., Hou JH. Severe corneal and conjunctival keratinization with rapid response to topical Vitamin A ointment. Ophthalmology. In Press.
Kanakamedala P., Harris A., Siesky B., et al. Open-angle glaucoma patients of African descent have more functional progression after 4 years compared to European descent patients while demonstrating similar structural progression. Poster session presented at: Annual Meeting of The Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology; 2017 May 7-11; Baltimore, MD.
Kanakamedala P., Harris A., Siesky B., et al. Optic Nerve Head Morphology in Glaucoma Patients of African Descent is Strongly Correlated to Retinal Blood Flow.Br J Ophthalmol 2014; 98(11): 1551-4.
Huck A., Harris A., Siesky B., Kim N., Muchnik M., Kanakamedala P., et al. Vascular Considerations in Glaucoma Patients of African and European Descent. Acta Ophthalmol 2014; 92(5):e336-40.
Marek B., Harris A., Kanakamedala P., et al.Cerebrospinal fluid pressure and glaucoma: regulation of trans-lamina cribrosa pressure. Br J Ophthalmol 2014; 98(6): 721-5.
Kanakamedala P., Harris A., Siesky B.. Longitudinal changes in retinal capillary blood flow correlate with changes in macular thickness in glaucoma patients of African descent. Poster session presented at: Annual Meeting of The Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology; 2014 May 4-8; Orlando, FL.
Kanakamedala P. and Haga S.B.. Characterization of clinical study populations by race and ethnicity in biomedical literature. Ethn Dis 2012; 22(1): 96-101.