Diagnostic Tests
Retina Vitreous Consultants will utilize the most advanced tests to diagnose disorders and the severity with which they may be affecting your vision. Here are few of the diagnostic methods that we use:

  • Fluorescein Angiography
    This test is done when your doctor suspects the wet form of macular degeneration and for evaluating other conditions that affect the blood vessels in the eye. A special dye is injected into your arm. The dye travels through your body into the blood vessels in the eye. The technician takes special photographs of the retina as the dye passes through. The photograph may then be used to assist in diagnosis, and also it may be used as a map for laser surgery should that be required.

  • Ultrasound
    When there is hemorrhage in the eye it may be difficult for your doctor evaluate the retina. Ultrasonography is a painless procedure that uses soundwaves to help your doctor evaluate the retina.

  • Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT)
    OCT is a newer technique for evaluating microscopic details of the retina. OCT uses light waves which reflect off the retina. This allows for a more detailed evaluation disorders which effect the surface of the retina and disorders which cause swelling of the retina.

  • Electroretinopgraphy
    Electroretinopgraphy is a test that measures the electrical responses of the photoreceptors. This test is particularly helpful in diagnosing patients with inherited retinal conditions.

Treatments for Retina Vitreous Problems
Retina Vitreous Consultants can perform some procedures and treatments at our offices. Other procedures may require a outpatient procedure in the hospital. Here are a few of the treatments that our doctors can provide:

  • Intravitreal Injections
    Injections of Avastin, Lucnetis and Eylea have become the cornerstone for treating several retinal conditions including wet macular degeneration, diabetic macular edema and retinal vein occlusions.

  • Cryotherapy
    Your doctor may use cryotherapy to treat retinal tears and detachments. Cryotherapy freezes the tissue and seals the retinal tear. It is an outpatient treatment.

  • Laser Surgery
    Laser surgery is non-invasive and highly effective. It can be used to treat diabetic retinopathy, limit scarring that results from wet macular degeneration, destroy tumors and other abnormal tissues, and prevent retinal detachments from retinal tears. Laser treatment is commonly performed in the office.

  • Scleral Buckling
    In most cases of retinal detachment, a flexible band, or scleral buckle, is placed around the eye. It lessens the pull of the vitreous on the retina, helps prevent further displacement of the retina and holds it in place. It is often combined with laser surgery or cryotherapy. This procedure is usually performed on an outpatient basis in the hospital operating room with local anesthesia.

  • Pneumatic Retinopexy
    This outpatient procedure performed in the office is done to correct a retinal tear and detachment. A gas bubble is injected into the vitreous cavity. The patient must keep his or her head in a specific position so the bubble will rise and seal the tear so that the retina will reattach. The tear is treated with either cryotherapy or laser to seal the retina in place.

  • Vitrectomy
    This procedure is commonly performed for vitreous hemorrhage, diabetic retinopathy, macular hole, macular pucker or for complicated retinal detachments. This procedure allows the doctor to remove hemorrhage or internal membranes the are affecting the function of the retina. This procedure is usually performed on an outpatient basis in the hospital operating room with local anesthesia.