- Vitreo-Retinal Surgery
- American Board of Ophthalmology
Dr. Drew Sommerville has been a vitreoretinal specialist at Talley Eye Institute since 2009. Dr. Sommerville focuses on the management of medical and surgical diseases of the retina. His clinical interests include the management of macular degeneration, ocular histoplasmosis syndrome, diabetic retinopathy, and vascular occlusions with the use of lasers and/or injections. His surgical interests include the repair of retinal detachments, the treatment of retinal surface disease (such as epiretinal membranes and macular holes), removal of symptomatic floaters, removal of subretinal blood, and surgical treatment of diabetic retinopathy, among others.
Dr. Sommerville grew up in Beardstown, Illinois, and became interested in ophthalmology while observing the work of his father, an optometrist, who practiced in Beardstown for 30 years. Drew graduated from Illinois State University summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences. He received his medical degree from the University of Illinois College of Medicine. He then completed both his medical internship and residency in ophthalmology at the University of Missouri. Dr. Sommerville then finished his training by completing a two year vitreoretinal fellowship at the University of Kentucky and Retina Associates of Kentucky, which is regarded as one of the best fellowship programs in the country.
Dr. Sommerville has written articles and given presentations on diverse topics ranging from the initial development and use of 25-gauge sutureless vitrectomy to studying the effects of anti-VEGF injections on the retinal nerve fiber layer. His articles have been published in Ophthalmology, Retina, Clinical Ophthalmology, Archives of Ophthalmology, and Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. He has presented his research and given talks at several major conferences, including the Indiana Academy of Ophthalmology, American Academy of Ophthalmology, Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, the American College of Eye Surgeons, Ocular Imaging Conference, and the American Society of Retinal Specialists annual meetings.
Drew’s outside interests include cycling, exercising, cooking, and traveling. However, Drew states, “My greatest joy comes with spending time with my wife, Heather, and our two children.” Drew and his family enjoy residing in Newburgh.