Dr. Miriam Rojas is the eye surgery expert in Guatemala that some of the best ophthalmologists remember as being their own instructor over the last 30 years. Since 1978, she has performed thousands of eye procedures: In private practice, as the hospital’s Chief of Ophthalmology, and as a devoted instructor of medical students at the National Hospital in Guatemala City.
Dr. Miriam Rojas stays on the cutting edge of diagnosis and treatment by using the latest instrumentation from ALCON Ophthalmic Pharmaceutical products, providing cutting-edge innovation and breakthrough technology, transforming the way we treat eye diseases and conditions. For example, pan-retinal photocoagulation, or PRP, uses high-intensity laser to create hundreds of tiny retinal burns outside of the vascular arcades. This treatment has been shown to produce regression of abnormal blood vessels in patients with proliferative retinopathy from diabetes or retinal vein occlusion.
As a highly-respected international medical representative of Guatemala, Dr. Rojas is regularly invited to be a guest lecturer at ophthalmological symposia and medical conventions throughout Latin America, and the United States, from California to Florida and Puerto Rico.
Retina, glaucoma and cataract surgeries are most common and successful for her patients, but the doctor specializes in treating all diseases, and the causes of vision impairment throughout the four main parts of the eye. For especially delicate surgery, Dr. Rojas is generally called in by the major hospitals to perform laser procedures for the underdeveloped eyes of a premature newborn. Retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) is a potentially blinding eye disorder that primarily affects premature infants weighing less than 3 pounds or those who are born before 31 weeks of gestation. This disorder, which usually develops in both eyes, is one of the most common causes of vision loss in childhood.
Glaucoma is a condition that affects the optic nerve when a patient suffers from increased intraocular pressure, and could ultimately result in loss of vision. There are many types of glaucoma surgery and treatment methods that Dr. Rojas will discuss with you, to prepare for the best possible surgical outcome.
When the natural lens of the eye becomes cloudy, interfering with visibility, then you will want to be checked for cataracts. In that case, the natural lens will be removed and a manufactured intraocular lens will be inserted it its place. Cataract surgery is the most common eye surgery in the world.
The doctor says, “I always stay at the forefront of evolving ophthalmological technologies, by attending several conferences every year and learning about improvements all the time. That way, I can provide my patients with the very best eye surgery available.”
Having annual ophthalmology check-ups with Dr. Miriam Rojas will assure that your vision and eyes stay healthy and normal by detecting any changes early, when she can correct them more easily. Our precious gift of sight needs to be protected and maintained so that we can continue forward with confidence, and a clear vision to the future.
ALCON, A Division of Novartis – Their commitment to research and development of eye care treatments is one of the largest in the global eye care industry. Su compromiso con la investigación y el desarrollo de tratamientos de cuidado de los ojos es uno de los más grandes en la industria mundial del cuidado de los ojos.
- Special guest invited to review new developments, June 2017. Invitado especial para revisar nuevos desarrollos. Junio 2017
American Academy of Ophthalmology
- International Member since 1996. Miembro Internacional desde 1996
The Pan-American Association of Ophthalmology
- Member in good standing since 2002. Miemro de buen estado desde 2002
Instituto Guatemalteco de Seguridad Social, Guatemala Guatemalan Social Security Institute
- Contrato de Servicios Profesionales, Retinologo Especialista
- On-Call Retinal Surgery Specialist 2007 to present
- Aplicación de Laser Neonatos, más que 400 pacientes.
- Laser Eye Surgery of newborns, over 400 patients
World Congress of Retina y Vitreo, First Annual Meeting
- Attendee, Ft Lauderdale, Florida, 2017
Sociedad Panamericana de Retina y Vitreo Natal Pan-American Association of Newborn Eye Surgery
- Asistente, Brasil, 2016. Convention attendee, Brazil 2016
Colegio de Médicos y Cirujanos de Guatemala. Guatemala College of Physicians and Surgeons
- Asistencia LVII Congreso Nacional de Ciencias de Salud, Nov 2015
- Attendee, 57th National Convention of Health Sciences, Nov. 2015
- Asistencia en el LIV Congreso Nacional de Medicina Nov 2012
- Attendee, 54th National Congress of Medicine, Nov. 2012
Sociedad Nicaragüense de Oftalmología, Simposio con la Sociedad de Retina y Vitreo. Nicaraguan Society of Ophthalmology, Symposium with the Society of Retina and Vitreo
- Conferencista Internacional: Actualización de Retina y Vítreo. Oct 2013
- International Lecturer: Up-date on Retina and Vitreo, October 2013
Sociedad Centroamericana de Retina y Asociación Guatemalteca de Oftalmologia. Central American Society of Retina Surgeons and the Guatemalan Association of Ophthalmology
- Participación en el XIII Congreso Nacional de oftalmología. Antigua Guatemala, Febrero 2013
- Participant in the 13th Annual National Congress of Ophthalmology, Antigua, 2013
Unidad Nacional de Oftalmología, Guatemala National Ophthalmology Unit
- Jefe de la Clínica de Retina, Vítreo y Macula. Chief of the Clinic – Posterior Segment, 2000-2007
Hospital Roosevelt, Departamento de Oftalmologia. Roosevelt Hospital, Dept. of Ophthalmology
- Jefe de la Clínica de Retina, Vítreo y Macula. Chief of the Clinic – Posterior Segment, 1996-2000
Universidad de San Carlos (USAC) Guatemala, Unidad Nacional de Oftalmologia San Carlos University, Nacional Center of Ophthalmology
- Maestria en Oftalmologia, Master of Ophthalology, 2005
Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, Miami Florida, USA
- Course in Posterior Segment (Retina, macula and vitreous humor), 2001
Johns Hopkins University, Wilmer Eye Institute, Baltimore, MD
- Sub-specialty in Posterior Segment (vitreous humor, retina, optic nerve) 1979
- Sub-especialidad en Vitreo, 1979
Hospital de Ojos y Oidos, Dr. Rodolfo Robles The Dr. Rodolfo Robles Hospital of Eyes and Ears, Guatemala City
- Sub-especialidad de Retina, 1977-1980, Sub-specialty in Retina, 1980
Universidad de Puerto Rico, Recinto de Ciencias Medicas. Campus of Medical Sciences
- Curso Basico de Oftalmologia, 1977 Basic Course in Ophthalmology
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I needed a vision exam to buy new glasses, plus a complete annual check up. Dra. Miriam Rojas performed a series of comprehensive tests for all the parts of my eyes, so that I know that the pressure and performance are all normal and healthy. Maybe next time, I will see Dra. Rojas to perform the lens replacement surgery so that I will never need glasses again. For something as delicate and precious as my vision, I will always trust her professionalism and advice.
Lori Shea, founder, Guatemala Medical Travel
I flew to Guatemala from Florida for corrective eye surgery in November 2017 through Guatemala Medical Travel. My GMT companion made all the arrangements and brought me to Dr. Miriam Rojas for the laser procedure. Dr. Rojas was wonderful, warm and friendly, even coming out to see me on a Sunday morning when I had a problem with the protective contact lens. The office was clean, with all the latest equipment. Everyone was super helpful.
I was very impressed with the service Lori provided, her calm efficiency and organizing skills, as she shepherded me to and from appointments, explaining in great detail when needed. Even with all the personal service, the price was less than half of what I would have paid in Florida. From a person who has worn thick glasses since an early age and now has to wear low-end reading glasses, this was an amazing success. I would not hesitate to use Dr. Rojas and GMT again, and recommend them to others.
Linda A. Nov 2017
Dr. Miriam Rojas operated on my son Jose David a little over than ten years ago for premature retinopathy, grade II. First, I want to give thanks to God, and to the doctor who saved his sight. The prognoses of all the other doctors were that he would be blind with his eyes uneven. This never happened thanks to the two operations of Dr. Rojas that saved his sight.
Andrea Castillo, Guatemala, 2018
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Charity, Public Service, Donations
Public service and caring for the less fortunate is a way of life in the Latin American culture.
Dr. Miriam Rojas is the primary on-call ophthalmology specialist at the Social Security hospitals in Guatemala City. She offers high-quality medical attention for very low cost, for Guatemalans who might not be able to afford such care at other institutions.
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