Dr. Beckstead specializes in surgical correction of droopy eyelids, tear drainage abnormalities, periocular trauma, and has extensive experience in the surgical treatment of periocular cancers.
Dr. Beckstead was born in Pocatello, Idaho. He graduated from Brigham Young University and attended medical school at the Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine where he was inducted into the national osteopathic honors society, Sigma Sigma Phi. Dr. Beckstead completed a transitional medical internship year in Newport News, Virginia at Riverside Regional Medical Center. He then trained as an Ophthalmology Resident at Penn State Eye Center in Hershey, Pennsylvania. During his time as a resident, he took great pride in delivering high-quality care to the military heroes at the VA Eye Clinic in Lebanon, Pennsylvania.
After ophthalmology residency training, he elected to complete an additional fellowship year in ophthalmic plastic and reconstructive surgery. It was during this year that Dr. Beckstead enjoyed teaching residents and medical students, while managing complex medical and surgical ophthalmic cases as a clinical instructor. He is board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and an active member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology.
Dr. Beckstead specializes in surgical correction of droopy eyelids, tear drainage abnormalities, periocular trauma, and has extensive experience in the surgical treatment of periocular cancers. Additionally, he has expertise in the latest techniques in cataract surgery and the management of general ophthalmic disease.
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.