Robert Melendez, MD

Robert Melendez, MD
(800) 579-7692
Robert Melendez, MD

6401 Holly Ave NE
Albuquerque, NM 87113

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Albuquerque Laser Cataract Surgery With Dr. Robert Melendez

Robert Melendez, MD, is a board-certified ophthalmologist and experienced cataract surgeon serving Albuquerque and the surrounding areas. Patients know they can count on Dr. Melendez for a comfortable experience and exceptional visual outcomes. He is passionate about using advanced technology to make treatment quicker, safer and more precise than what was previously possible. Dr. Melendez is a proponent of educating his patients about all of their treatment options and helping them make empowered decisions. His expert staff is equally as committed to providing the finest quality care.

Cataract Surgery in Albuquerque

A cataract is a clouding of the eye’s natural lens that causes blurry vision, sensitivity to light and other visual problems. Cataract surgery involves removing the cloudy lens and replacing it with an intraocular lens (IOL) to restore clear vision. Every cataract surgery is meticulously planned out, factoring in the individual patient’s unique eye anatomy and visual goals. Dr. Melendez spends time getting to know each patient on a one-on-one basis, learning about his or her lifestyle and hobbies. This information helps him guide the patient to select a suitable IOL. Dr. Melendez is the first in Albuquerque to offer laser cataract surgery.

Prior to surgery, the patient’s eyes are completely numbed to prevent discomfort. Dr. Melendez creates a small incision in the corner of the eye and a circular opening in the membrane, or capsule, that holds the eye’s lens. He breaks up the lens into pieces and removes the pieces from the eye. Then, he inserts the pre-selected IOL into the capsule and positions it carefully. Once Dr. Melendez is finished placing the IOL, he closes the incisions.

In addition to cataract surgery, Dr. Melendez is also a talented LASIK surgeon and offers general ophthalmology services. He speaks English and Spanish. For more information about cataract surgery with Dr. Melendez, please call (800) 579-7692.

More About the Albuquerque Cataract Surgeon

Robert Melendez, MD, MBA, received his undergraduate and medical degrees from the University of New Mexico. After graduating medical school, he stayed at the University of New Mexico for an internship program; then, he completed his ophthalmology residency program at the University of Texas Health Science Center. Dr. Melendez was named Chief Resident and widely recognized for his excellence in the residency program. He returned to the University of New Mexico to earn his Master of Business Administration degree.

Dr. Melendez is a lieutenant colonel and flight surgeon for the United States Air Force and the New Mexico Air National Guard. He is also an active member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery.

Please note that Dr. Melendez cannot see any Eye Associates of New Mexico patients that have been seen from Sept. 9, 2019 through Sept. 9, 2020, except on an emergency basis only.

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