specializing in medical and surgical DISEASES of the retina vitreous and macula

What is the Retina

The retina is a transparent layer of nerve tissue that lines the back of the eye. It functions like the film in a camera, capturing images focused by the structures in the front of the eye. After capturing the images, the retina transmits them to the brain.

The macula is the central part of the retina that is responsible for high-resolution vision and is critical in tasks such as reading, driving, and other activities requiring fine visual discrimination.

The vitreous is a jelly-like substance that fills the eye and is frequently implicated in diseases such as retinal tears, retinal detachment, floaters and other conditions.

detached retina symptoms

What is a Retina Specialist

A retina specialist is a medical doctor who has completed 4 years of medical school, 1 year of internship and a 3 year residency in ophthalmology.

They then complete an additional 2 years of focused ‘fellowship” training to specialize in diseases and surgery of the retina, vitreous gel of the eye and the macula. Retinal specialists are typically Board Certified in Ophthalmology.

Medical School - 4 years

Internship - 1 year

Ophthalmology Residency - 3 years

Retina-Vitreous Fellowship - 2 years