Dr. Donald Smallman

Dr. Donald Smallman

Kingston, ON
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Dr. Donald Smallman Bio

As one of Kingston and area's most experienced eye surgeons, Dr. Don Smallman can explore vision correction options to enhance your lifestyle needs.

Education: Dr Smallman received his Bachelor's degree (Chemistry) and Doctorate in Medicine both With Distinction from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. During his undergraduate career he also completed a Bachelor of Sciences in Medicine for concurrent basic science research, earning several publications in peer-reviewed journals including Nature Genetics and Biochimica Biophysica Acta. Dr Smallman continued his Postgraduate Medical Education in Ophthalmology at Dalhousie University, completing his Fellowship and Specialist Certificate in Ophthalmology in 2003. During his training he attended the Basic Science Course in Ophthalmology at Stanford University. Awards and scholarships in undergraduate years included the Dean's List, two scholarships for High Academic Standing during his MD, the Bergmann-Porter Research Fellowship from the Dalhousie Medical Research Foundation, and Harold Ross McKean Award in Ophthalmology.

Practice History & Experience: Dr Smallman joined the Faculty of Medicine at Queen's University as an Assistant Professor (Adjunct) in Ophthalmology in the fall of 2003, primarily as a Comprehensive Ophthalmologist with a community based practice but also heavily involved in the teaching program. Refractive surgery became part of his practice in 2005 when he joined LasikMD in Kingston, becoming the local clinic's Medical Director in 2008. While with LasikMD Dr Smallman travelled extensively, performing surgery in Edmonton, Toronto, North York, and Ottawa as well as in Kingston, allowing him to build his refractive experience to over 5000 refractive cases. In 2010 Dr Smallman founded the Kingston Eye Institute, a private ophthalmology clinic in the West end of Kingston, and left LasikMD.

Memberships/Accomplishments: Dr. Smallman is a member of the Canadian and American Societies of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the Canadian Ophthalmology Society, Canadian & Ontario Medical Associations, and the Ontario Health Facility Association. He is an Assistant Professor (adjunct) at Queens University and has hospital appointments at both Hotel Dieu Hospital and Kingston General Hospital. He is the Medical Director of the Kingston Eye Institute. He frequently attends and presents at national and international ophthalmology meetings. Dr Smallman has also led the way in Ophthalmology Electronic Medical Records, going paperless over five years ago and continuing to develop his own version of an Electronic Medical Record system.

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Keywords: retina, macular disease, vitreous humour, Dry Eye,  vitreoretinal surgery, uveitis, diabetic retinopathy, age-related macular degeneration, Glaucoma and Intravitreal Injections

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local ophthalmologist is different from a local optometrist in that an optometrist doesn’t perform surgery. If you have a condition known as ocular hypertension, which is a result of high ocular pressure, your risk of developing glaucoma increases.Your optometrist or ophthalmologist may want to lower your IOP as a preventative measure.

Please contact ( Dr. Donald Smallman, Local Ophthalmologist Kingston, ON ) to enquire if this health care provider is accepting new patients.Patients are often concerned that an injection of material into their eye will be a painful or scary procedure. In fact, after the first or second injection, patients become quite at ease with the idea that they will have these injections, Following an intravitreal injection, you may feel pressure or grittiness in the eye, slight bleeding on the white of the eye and floaters in your vision. These are temporary and normal. As glaucoma progresses, it damages more and more of your optic nerve fibers, leading to vision loss. With primary open-angle glaucoma, the fluid can’t effectively flow back out of your eye. Angle-closure glaucoma occurs when the iris of the eye closes off the drainage angle completely, causing an increase in IOP pressure and damage to the optic nerve.

Glaucoma is a condition where there is increased pressure within the eyeball, causing damage to the optic nerve and gradual loss of sight.  If glaucoma is detected early preventative measures can be taken to save vision loss.

Cataracts can affect both eyes or just one, and some patients experience mild symptoms, while others can barely see any shapes or movements. Cataract symptoms include blurry vision, haloes, sensitivity to bright lights, decreased night vision, frequent changes in eyeglass prescriptions, and faded colours.

Glaucoma is a group of eye conditions that primarily affect the optic nerve, which transmits visual information from the retina to the brain. In most cases of glaucoma, damage to the optic nerve is associated with increased pressure within the eye, known as intraocular pressure (IOP). However, glaucoma can also occur without elevated IOP, known as normal-tension glaucoma.

When the pressure inside the eye becomes elevated, it can cause compression and damage to the retinal fibers that make up the optic nerve. These fibers are responsible for transmitting visual signals to the brain, allowing us to see.


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