Eric Areiter, MD

CATARACT AND GLAUCOMA SURGEON

Dr. Areiter is a cataract and glaucoma surgeon who brings expertise to our Newsom Eye team in the management and treatment of many eye conditions and diseases. He graduated cum laude with a major in Neurobiology from Cornell University before working as a researcher and scientist there for two years in the Neurobiology and Behavior department. He then earned his medical degree from the University of Virginia, and did an intern year in surgery and general medicine at Tufts University in Boston, Massachusetts. Following this, he completed a rigorous residency program at Tulane Medical Center in New Orleans, Louisiana where he performed among the most surgical procedures of any resident over the past decade across every subspecialty of ophthalmology.

Dr. Areiter moved to Abilene, Texas after residency and founded a comprehensive ophthalmology department there as part of the Hendrick Medical Center hospital system, which quickly grew to be the busiest ophthalmology clinic within over a hundred miles. He has also authored many research papers and several ophthalmology textbooks, including "Principles and Practices of Ophthalmic Assisting" and "Cataracts and Cataract Surgery: Types, Risk Factors, and Treatment Options.” Dr. Areiter is passionate about bringing the latest in surgical and medical techniques to his patients and providing them with the most advanced care available. His top priority is personalizing care to the individual patient to ensure they have the best visual outcome that matches their lifestyle. He has emphasis on cataract and glaucoma surgery and treatment, though also manages a wide range of eye conditions including diabetic retinal disease and macular degeneration, plastic surgery, and corneal diseases among others.

Dr. Areiter was born and raised in Port Washington on Long Island, New York and is a lifelong Mets fan. He enjoys cooking, especially Italian food, with vegetables fresh from his home garden. Dr. Areiter also enjoys spending time with his wife, three young boys, and two French bulldog-Boston terrier dogs. As a family, they love to play tennis, swim, and go to the beach.

EDUCATION

  • Resident Physician in Ophthalmology, Tulane Medical Center, New Orleans, LA
  • Resident Physician in General Medicine and Surgery, Lemuel Shattuck Hospital, Boston, MA
  • Doctor of Medicine, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA
  • Bachelor of Science in Neurobiology and Behavior, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

RESEARCH AND PUBLICATIONS

  • Areiter, E. “Teaching and Learning Cataract Surgery” Cataracts and Cataract Surgery: Types, Risk Factors, and Treatment Options, Nova Science Publishers, 2013.
  • Areiter, E. “Chapter 29: Glaucoma” The Big Eye Book, SLACK Publishing.
  • Areiter, E. “The spectrum of angle closure, uveal effusion syndrome and nanophthalmos: a case report” Journal of Current Glaucoma Practice.
  • Areiter, E. “Mature Cataract Surgery Capsular Complications, Stratified by Surgeon Experience” British Journal of Ophthalmology 2016
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