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FAQs

What is a retina specialist?

Retinal specialists are eye physicians and surgeons who focus on diseases in the back of the eye such as macular degeneration. A retina specialist is a medical doctor who has completed his or her training in eye surgery and disease. This includes a residency and fellowship specific to retinal disease.

What makes Retina Care Specialists unique?

Dr. Michels, Dr. Lavi├▒a, Dr. Paul Gallogly and Dr. Laird are board certified and fellowship trained ophthalmologists. Because of their education and experience level as well as their involvement as clinical trial investigators, the doctors can offer their patients university-level retinal care in a community setting.

Will I go blind from macular degeneration?

Today, people almost never go blind from macular degeneration. There are FDA approved drugs available to halt the progression of the disease, and there is a drug called Lucentis that has been shown to actually improve vision on people afflicted with age related macular degeneration.

Are you going to cut my eye?

It is usually not necessary to cut the eye, as most diseases can be addressed without surgery. Occasionally outpatient surgery is required, but the tools used today are precise surgical instruments designed for accuracy and minimal pain.

Which insurance plans do you participate with?

Insurance plan information can be found on our participating insurance plans page.