909 East San Marnan Drive
Waterloo, Iowa 50702

Tel: 319-233-2020

Fax: 319-234-1939

Meet Dr. Girschek

Dr. Brendan Girschek is a fellowship-trained retina specialist. He is board-certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada. Dr. Girschek is a fellow of the American Society of Retina Specialists, American Academy of Ophthalmology, the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada, and the American College of Surgeons.


Recent posts

COPE-approved lecture on 1/21/15

December 15, 2014

Dr. Girschek will be presenting along with Dr. Petrie at Ferrari’s in Cedar Falls on January 21st, 2015. Two hours of COPE-approved credits will be awarded for attendance. Talks will be focusing on optic neuropathies (Girschek) and global blindness (Petrie). Please RSVP with Kelly at 319-233-2020.


Dr. Girschek to present at Iowa Optometric Association Meeting

September 4, 2014

Dr. Girschek will be presenting three talks to optometrists from around Iowa at the Iowa Optometric Association meeting on Thursday, October 16th. Topics of discussion with be treatment options of wet age-related macular degeneration, management of retinal emergencies and a summary of systemic associations with uveitis. The meeting with be at the Hawkeye Optometric Institute in Cedar Rapids, IA.


COPE-approved CME talk 4/23/14

April 7, 2014

Dr. Girschek will be presenting a 1-hour COPE-approved talk regarding diagnosis and management of anterior uveitis with an emphasis on systemic disease. One hour of CME credit will be appointed under the category of “systemic disease.” The talk will be held at 6pm on April 23rd, 2014 at Ferrari’s in Cedar Falls, IA.


Dr. Girschek admitted into Fellowship of the American College of Surgeons

October 14, 2013

The letters “FACS” after a surgeon’s name indicates that he or she is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (ACS). Fellows of the College are board-certified surgeons whose education, training, professional qualifications, surgical competence, and ethical conduct have been reviewed and evaluated prior to admittance and have been found to be consistent with the high standards of the American College of Surgeons. Not all surgeons are accepted into Fellowship in the College and there are some surgeons who may choose not to become Fellows. The letters “FACS” after a surgeon’s name indicates that the surgeon has submitted to a process to obtain voluntary credential and performance evaluation by their peers.

For further information, please visit www.facs.org


UPCOMING: COPE-approved CME lecture for Optometrists

August 26, 2013

Dr. Girschek will be presenting an hour-long talk at Montage in Cedar Falls, IA on October 1st, 2013. The talk will be called, “Beyond Monthly Injections – Effective Management of Exudative Maculopathies” and will be approved for 1 credit hour CME through COPE. Optometrists from northeast Iowa will be sent formal invitations in the mail shortly. Please RSVP to Kelly Holmes, Cedar Valley Eye Care at 319-233-2020.


AREDS 2 Trial Summary

June 15, 2013

I have recommended AREDS-formulation multivitamins for many of my patients with high-risk age-related macular degeneration. These multivitamins have a specific formulation of vitamin C, vitamin E, zinc, copper and beta-carotene (this is omitted in smokers) and have demonstrated to have a significant benefit in the prevention of advanced visual loss by reducing the risk of advanced macular degeneration by 25%.

Recently, a revised formulation of this combination multivitamin, known as AREDS 2, concluded that omega-3 fatty acids are not necessary to enhance the benefit of vitamin supplementation, but that lutein and zeaxanthin could be substituted for beta-carotene. With added lutein and zeaxanthin, an additional 15-20% increase in the benefit of multivitamin supplementation may be afforded.


Genetic Screening For Age-Related Macular Degeneration Now Available

November 6, 2012

Early diagnosis and treatment of age-related macular degeneration is critical in restoring and maintaining one’s quality of life. Dr. Brendan Girschek, the Cedar Valley’s only fellowship-trained retinal specialist, is now offering genetic screening tests to those with a family history of age-related macular degeneration.

The genetic screening test only takes a few seconds to perform and does not require blood work. A simple cheek swab is all that it takes.

By knowing your risk for age-related macular degeneration, Dr. Girschek can work with your optometrist or ophthalmologist and tailor your eye care before any significant vision loss may occur.

Schedule a consultation with Dr. Girschek with a referral from your local eye care provider or by calling 319-233-2020.


COPE-approved CME talk at Montage (Cedar Falls, IA) on August 1st, 2012

July 21, 2012

Dr. Girschek will be providing a one-hour CME talk (COPE-approved) regarding “Management of Retinal Emergencies and Introduction to Retinal Surgery” at Montage in Cedar Falls, IA on August 1st, 2012. Drinks and appetizers will be served starting at 6:00pm with dinner and presentation to follow.

Please RSVP with Kelly Holmes by July 31st at kholmes@cvmspc.com or call 319-233-2020.