Dr. Sunali Goyal is a specialist in Cornea-External Diseases and Refractive Surgery and is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Ophthalmology at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS). She sees patients at the Harvey & Bernice Jones Eye Institute and the Arkansas Children’s Hospital. Dr. Goyal completed her residency in Ophthalmology at the University of Arkansas. She further went on to specialize in Cornea-External Diseases and Refractive Surgery at the renowned Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Harvard Medical School, in Boston, Massachusetts. While there she saw patients at the Shriners’ Children Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital, Beth Israel Hospital, and the Brigham and Women’s Hospital; all teaching hospitals for the Harvard Medical School. In addition she completed a two year fellowship in Corneal Immunology at Schepens Eye Research Institute, Harvard Medical School, in Boston.
Dr. Goyal has been the recipient of many awards numerous times- Academic Achievement Award (2012, 2013, 2014), Raymond and Mary Morris Research Award (2012, 2013), Best Paper Award at Annual Table Rock Regional Ophthalmology Roundup (2012, 2013). She has authored more than 25 publications and presented at various national and international ophthalmology conferences regularly. Dr. Goyal is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology and American Medical Association.
Clinical Interests: Her clinical interests include refractive surgery, cornea and external diseases, limbal epithelial stem cell deficiency, endothelial dysfunction, Fuchs dystrophy, corneal infections, Stevens-Johnson, dry eye, corneal ulcers, severe viral disease. She performs cataract surgeries, corneal transplants, as well as cutting-edge surgeries, including ocular surface reconstruction, lamellar and selective endothelial transplantation, and keratoprostheses (artificial cornea). She is the first provider in the state of Arkansas to performartificial cornea (Keratoprosthesis surgery). In addition she does minimally invasive corneal transplantations surgery called DSAEK/DMEK for corneal edema and Fuchs dystrophy. She also has keen interest in treating severe dry eye and corneal pain patients and performs procedures like Meibomian Gland Probing.
Laser Vision Correction (Refractive Surgery) is a term given to surgical procedures designed to correct certain vision problems such as myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness) and astigmatism. These procedures use a laser beam to help reshape the cornea. Dr. Goyal helps you to choose the right solution to achieve your vision goals.
Dr. Goyal’s primary research interests include elucidating mechanisms and develop management of corneal pain, use live imaging to explicate molecular and cellular mechanisms in corneal immunology, neuro-immunology, and inflammation, dry eye disease and ocular surface reconstruction with stem cells. She is keen in taking these from bench to bedside to help her patients.