20
30
Years of Glaucoma
Experience
Published Articles
& Media
1000s+
Eyes Saved from
Blindness
About
Constance O. Okeke, MD, MSCE
Dr. Constance Okeke is an Ivy League-trained, board-certified ophthalmologist specializing in glaucoma and cataract surgery.

She has two decades of glaucoma experience ranging from cutting edge research, mastering micro-invasive surgical techniques, to training other doctors, speaking, and writing about her techniques and innovative ideas.

Dr. Okeke has also passionately prevented blindness through medical missions, glaucoma awareness campaigns and public speaking.


Interests:

  • Patient Engagement
  • Patient Education
  • Raising Glaucoma Awareness
  • Clinical Glaucoma Research
  • Micro-invasive Glaucoma Surgery (MIGS)
  • Speaking
  • Writing on Surgical Techniques
  • Surgical Coaching
  • Medical Missions 
Okeke Firsts
  1. 2015
    Kahook Dual Blade
    First in the state of Virginia to perform and offer.
  2. 2015
    Visco360/Trab360
    First in the state of Virginia to perform and offer.
  3. 2013
    iStent
    First in Hampton Roads area to perform and offer.
  4. 2012
    Trabectome + Laser
    Trabectome combined with Femtosecond Laser Cataract surgery – First in the country.
  5. 2009
    Trabectome
    First in Hampton Roads, Virginia area to perform and offer.
Private Practice & Academic Appointments
  1. 2009 - Present
    Glaucoma Specialist & Cataract Surgeon Virginia Eye Consultants
  2. 2010 - Present
    Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology Eastern Virginia Medical School
  3. 2007 - 2009
    Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology Scheie Eye Institute University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
  4. 2005 - 2007
    Instructor of Ophthalmology Scheie Eye Institute University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
  5. 2004 - 2005
    Instructor of Ophthalmology Bascom Palmer Eye Institute University of Miami School o f Medicine
Education and Training
  1. 2008
    Masters of Science in Clinical Epidemiology (MSCE)
    University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
  2. 2005
    Glaucoma Fellowship
    Bascom Palmer Eye Institute University of Miami
  3. 2004
    Ophthalmology Residency
    Wilmer Eye Institute Johns Hopkins University
  4. 2001
    Transitional Internship
    Maryland General Hospital
  5. 2000
    MD
    Yale University School of Medicine
  6. 1996
    BS - Psychobiology
    Yale University
Biography
“Dr. Okeke single-handedly pioneered micro-invasive glaucoma surgery (MIGS) at Virginia Eye Consultants...”

Dr. Constance Okeke lives happily with her husband and three beautiful children. 

She received her undergraduate and medical degrees from Yale and trained in ophthalmology at the Wilmer Eye Institute of Johns Hopkins. She completed her glaucoma fellowship training as a Heed Research Fellow at the prestigious Bascom Palmer Eye Institute of University of Miami. She became a clinician scientist under a National Institute of Health K12 grant at the Scheie Eye Institute of University of Pennsylvania, where she also earned a Master of Science degree in clinical epidemiology. She has practiced ophthalmology with a specialty in glaucoma and cataract surgery since 2001. Her education, training, research, social outreach, and philanthropic missionary work has taken her all over the world including England, Austria, Costa Rica, Ghana and Nigeria.

Dr. Okeke single-handedly pioneered micro-invasive glaucoma surgery (MIGS) at Virginia Eye Consultants in the southern Virginia Hampton Roads region. In 2009, she was the first in the area to perform Trabectome surgery and was the first in the country to combine this advanced technology in glaucoma with the femtosecond laser, allowing the surgery to be performed without a blade.

As an early adopter and pioneer of emerging MIGS technology, she has established a series of firsts. She was the first in Hampton Roads to implant the iStent (Glaukos). She was first in the state of Virginia to perform Viscocanaloplasty with Visco360 (Sight Sciences), the first to perform goniotomy with Trab360 (Signt Sciences), and the first to perform goniotomy with the Kahook Dual Blade (New World Medical). She has given lectures, regularly conducts research, contributes to peer review publications, and writes feature ophthalmology and optometry journal articles. She is known internationally for her expert work in the area of MIGS.

Dr. Okeke is as passionate about teaching as she is about surgery. She has performed over a thousand Trabectome surgeries since 2009 and has shared her expertise with thousands of doctors worldwide. As an official Trabectome trainer, she has presented lectures and led wet labs. Her additional output includes educational videos, tele-seminars, webinars, and personal and group coaching. 

Dr. Okeke has extensive experience in clinical research which she began as a Yale college student. She has designed and implemented numerous clinical trials, as well as published extensively in the professional literature on the subject of glaucoma. She is committed to spreading awareness about glaucoma through education, spearheading campaigns with community organizations, and creating call-to-action initiatives through her writing and public speaking. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, a member of the American Glaucoma Society and the Association for Research Vision and Ophthalmology, and also serves as an editorial advisory board member for the Glaucoma Today publication. The Building Blocks of Trabectome Surgery: A Step-by-Step Approach for Patient Selection is her first book.

As a board certified ophthalmologist, Dr. Okeke has for years been educating her patients and community on how to fight against glaucoma blindness by: 1) promoting early detection through screening, 2) furthering understanding of the disease through good doctor-patient communication and 3) stressing the importance of continued patient follow-up to monitor for progression. Dr. Okeke strives to increase awareness of glaucoma because it is such a prevalent disease in a population of people who do not even know that they have it.