Dr. Hooton has special interests in complex cataracts, partial thickness corneal transplants, ocular infections, and dry eyes.
Dr. Hooton was born in Rexburg, Idaho and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Brigham Young University-Idaho. He attended medical school as an Idaho “WWAMI” student at the University of Washington School of Medicine and completed his internship in Spokane, Washington.
Dr. Hooton received his ophthalmology training at the busy University of Pittsburgh Medical Center where he was selected Chief Resident by faculty and peers. His desire for further training led him to complete a fellowship in Cornea, External Diseases and Refractive Surgery at the world-renowned University of Michigan Kellogg Eye Center. While there, he learned the latest in corneal transplant techniques and complex cataract surgery. He was also awarded a research fellowship to help study how corneal transplant technology can be safely used in underserved areas around the world.
He is an active member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons and the Cornea Society. Dr. Hooton has special interests in partial thickness corneal transplants, ocular infections, and dry eyes.
Modern cataract surgery involves the removal of the cataract or cloudy natural lens from within the eye and the implantation of an artificial lens.
Diabetes is the leading cause of visual impairment in the United States among patients below the age of 50.
With a careful history of symptoms, the right diagnostic tests, and a thorough eye examination, a treatment regimen can be created to offer relief.
Glaucoma is the leading cause of blindness in the United States. Early diagnosis and treatment for glaucoma is essential in preventing vision loss.
Damage to different parts of the cornea caused by injury or disease can often be corrected with specialized procedures including corneal transplants.
The retina is an extremely important part of your eye and is also susceptible to many different diseases and conditions like retinal detachments, diabetic retinopathy, and flashes and floaters.
Age-related macular degeneration is a leading cause of vision loss in older patients. It results in the loss of central vision due to damage to the retina and the support structures of the retina.
Many people occasionally see some floating material in their vision. This may appear as a dot, a translucent short string, or a “tadpole”. These floaters are often seen only under bright lighting circumstances, for example, against snow or a bright sky or a white ceiling.
Plastic reconstructive surgery of the eyelids is performed by an oculoplastic surgeon and is not only for cosmetic purposes.