- What is the retina?
- What is the vitreous?
- What is a retina specialist?
- How do I make an appointment?
- What insurance plans do you take?
- What is involved with laser?
- What is involved with surgery?
- What do I do in an emergency?
What is the retina?
The retina is a delicate tissue that lines the back of the eye. It functions like the film in a camera. It receives light focused by the lens of your eye, forming an image, which is then sent to your brain. The central point of the retina is called the macula and this portion of the eye is needed for fine vision and is need to help you read, drive and see faces.
What is the vitreous?
It is the clear jelly-like substance that fills the inside of the eye. It is made up almost completely of liquid.
What is a retina specialist?
A retina specialist is a medical doctor trained as an ophthalmologist, who has received additional fellowship training in diseases and surgery of the retina and vitreous. Our retinal specialists evaluate and treat diseases and injuries of the retina a vitreous to include but not limited to macular degeneration, diabetic eye disease, retinal tears and detachments, floaters, macular hole, macular pucker, vitreous hemorrhage.
How do I make an appointment?
Please call our office at (702)369-0200 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and we would be happy to make your appointment. If you are being referred to our clinic from your doctor please ensure you bring a copy of your referral to the office. Now you can request an appointment online, and our staff will follow-up with a phone call within one business day.
What insurance plans do you accept?
We accept most health insurance plans, including Medicare and Medicaid. Be sure to bring your insurance cards and referral forms for your visit. Also expect to pay your co-payment and any deductible amounts at the time of your appointment. If special payment arrangements are necessary, please contact our office staff prior to your appointment.
What is involved with laser?
Your doctor may recommend laser treatment of your retina condition. This treatment is usually done in the office. You can expect to be in the office for about two hours, although the treatment itself will usually be less than 20 minutes. You may experience some discomfort with the procedure. The amount of discomfort will vary between patients and based on the type of laser used. You should bring a driver with you as your vision will be impaired after the procedure and you may need to wear a patch for several hours after the procedure.
What is involved with retina surgery?
Your doctor may recommend surgery of the eye for your retina problem. The surgery is usually done as an outpatient in one of the local hospitals. The surgery may be done under local or general anesthesia depending on the type of surgery and your physical health. The eye will usually be patched overnight or longer. You will need to arrange transportation to and from the hospital on the day of surgery as well as to and from the doctor’s office the day after surgery. You will be using eye drops after surgery. Many surgical procedures for the eye will require that you position face down after the surgery. You may wish to rent or buy face down positioning equipment to make this somewhat easier.
What do I do in an emergency?
In case of a medical emergency please call 911. In case of an eye emergency, please contact our office at (702)369-0200. If the office is closed this number will help to page the on-call team 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If you do not get a response within 15 minutes, please call the number again.