Lt. Cmdr. Katie Topping, an ophthalmologist assigned to Navy Medicine Readiness and Training Command (NMRTC) San Diego, performs the Navy’s first corneal neurotization procedure in the hospital’s main operating room complex Oct. 18, 2021.
211018-N-LW757-1010.JPG Photo By: Petty Officer 3rd Class Luke Cunningham

SAN DIEGO - SAN DIEGO (Oct. 18, 2021) Lt. Cmdr. Katie Topping, an ophthalmologist assigned to Navy Medicine Readiness and Training Command (NMRTC) San Diego, performs the Navy’s first corneal neurotization procedure in the hospital’s main operating room complex Oct. 18, 2021. The procedure involves the transfer of a healthy nerve to reinnervate a damaged nerve within the eye. This potentially vision- and eye-saving procedure helps patients during the event of trauma, tumor or infection. NMRTC San Diego’s mission is to prepare service members to deploy in support of operational forces, deliver high quality healthcare services and shape the future of military medicine through education, training and research. NMRTC San Diego employs more than 6,000 active duty military personnel, civilians, and contractors in Southern California to provide patients with world-class care anytime, anywhere. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Luke Cunningham)


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