Dr. James E. and Linda K. Hunter Laser and Surgical Care Clinic

Dr. James E. and Linda K. Hunter Laser and Surgical Care Clinic

With the support of Dr. Jim and Linda Hunter, the Indiana University School of Optometry established the Jim and Linda Hunter Laser and Surgical Care Clinic. This specialty clinic is located on the first floor of the School’s Atwater Eye Care Center. The clinic is equipped with state-of-the-art ophthalmic lasers and surgical units enabling patients to receive the latest in eye laser and minor surgical procedures.

New and referred patients are now being accepted at the clinic.

When you have trouble with your vision, it can make you feel very scared and stressed out. We’re passionate about our patients, and our priority is your health and wellbeing. Let us use our expertise and technology to put you on the path to better vision.

What kind of lasers and procedures do we use? 


If you have elevated intraocular pressure (IOP) or chronic slowly-progressive glaucoma—which has been recently diagnosed or is controlled by medications—you are a candidate for Selective Laser Trabeculoplasty (SLT). SLT can be used as initial pressure lowering treatment or can sometimes even replace current eye drop therapy. This painless office-based treatment uses low-intensity light applied to the fluid drainage area within the eye to lower pressure without the need of medication or incisional operating room surgery. By lowering your IOP, we can prevent damage to your optic nerve.


If you are risk or have painful, rapidly progressive type of glaucoma (called narrow angle or acute glaucoma), you may be treated with laser iridotomy. This procedure uses focused light instead of an operating room surgery to create a fluid draining opening in the iris or colored portion of the eye to treat or prevent rapid eye pressure elevation. This office-based procedure causes minimal or no discomfort and can actually cure and prevent this acute glaucoma.


After initial cataract surgery, it is common for patients to eventually develop blurred, foggy, or bothersome vision from a secondary cataract. This clouding or distortion of the membrane or “capsule” that holds the intraocular lens implanted after cataract surgery can be removed and corrected by means of capsulotomy. With this quick, painless office-based procedure, focused light is used to create a clear opening in the cloudy capsule returning vision to its previous clarity.

Other new and advanced procedures

Radiofrequency surgery

Do you have skin tags, lumps, bumps, and other bothersome lesions on the eyelids and surrounding skin? You are a candidate for radio frequency surgical removal. This advanced procedure uses radio waves instead of scalpels and surgical scissors to remove or shave down such lesions. In most cases, there is minimal or no bleeding or discomfort during or after the procedure. The Laser and Surgical Care Clinic is equipped with the latest Ellman Surgitron radio frequency surgery unit to perform these procedures.

Sustained release medication

The Laser and Surgical Care Clinic is also equipped with a new high-quality eye operating microscope to implant recently developed sustained release glaucoma medication.

Dr. Jim Hunter has always been at the cutting-edge of optometric practice. He has been instrumental in shaping IU School of Optometry coursework in minor surgery through his knowledge, time, and dedication.

—Dr. Joseph Bonanno, dean of the IU School of Optometry