Dr. Betty Klein

Dr. Klein earned the degree of MD from Yale Medical School in 1986. She completed a residency in ophthalmology at Yale New Haven Hospital in 1991 and fellowship training in medical and surgical retina in 1992. Dr. Klein is board certified in ophthalmology and has been recognized for 20 years of service to Danbury Hospital. She has published multiple articles in peer reviewed medical journals and presented papers at national and international ophthalmology meetings. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, an officer in the Yale Alumni in Ophthalmology and a member of the American Society of Retina Specialists.

Dr. Klein is an ophthalmologist specializing in both medical and surgical diseases of the retina and macula. This includes but is not limited to diabetic retinopathy, retinal tears and detachment, macular degeneration, macular hole, retinal vein and artery occlusion, complications of cataract surgery, and inflammatory diseases affecting the posterior aspect of the eye. In every case, she works closely with her colleagues in Medicine, Rheumatology, Optometry and Endocrinology. Dr. Klein’s goal is to offer state-of-the-art care and preventative treatment for patients facing the possibility of visual impairment in a comfortable, friendly and dignified environment.

A member of Phi Beta Kappa, Dr. Klein graduated Summa Cum Laude from University of Pennsylvania in 1982. She graduated from Yale University School of Medicine in 1986. While in medical school, she conducted research projects in ophthalmology and attended ophthalmology department grand rounds. Dr. Klein also undertook an elective rotation at the Wilmer Eye Institute clinical laboratory of ocular histopathology. One of the things that attracted her to ophthalmology is the fact that this one field encompasses all the medical and surgical care of the most precious sense.

Dr. Klein remained at Yale to complete a residency in Ophthalmology. She was inspired to specialize in retina by doctors at the Yale Eye Center. She obtained additional fellowship training in both surgical and medical retina at Yale and at also the Retina Institute of Maryland. Dr. Klein says; “Retinal surgery is fascinating and elegant and like other types of eye surgery it is something that continues to improve with each passing year. Innovations in surgical techniques and instrumentation have made these operations less traumatic and more successful than ever before.”

In 1992, Dr, Klein returned to Connecticut to raise a family and build what is now a very successful retina practice with the support of the Danbury medical community. Among the ophthalmology sub specialties, retina has the closest intellectual ties to medicine. Many of the diseases affecting the retina are vascular or metabolic in origin. Clear and frequent communication with primary care doctors, endocrinologists, rheumatologists and other specialists gives patients the best chance of success in preventing or correcting vision threatening problems.

In recent years, the field of retina has benefited from new developments from the study of growth factors by cell biologists. We now have not only laser treatments, but also medications for the treatment of macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy and retinal vein occlusion. In our Danbury office we offer Lucentis and Eylea for patients with macular disease. We perform digital photography with angiography and optical coherence tomography in office. These imaging techniques are painless they enable us to specifically identify microscopic abnormalities in the macula and to choose the safest and most effective treatment.