Plato’s insight, “Necessity is the mother of invention,” often proves true, even in a clinic setting when problems arise that frustrate both physician and patient. These problems, however, can be a motivator for finding a solution through clinical research to the questions, “How can we do something better?” “How can we develop an approach or a therapy that doesn’t have a good approach to it yet? Should we use the tools that we have now, or do we need to develop a new tool?” These are the questions that the physicians at Southeastern Retina Associates ask often and do so through their very prolific clinical trials programs located throughout the region. Current clinical trial practices like Southeastern Retina, as well as academic Centers, work together to answer clinical questions in a meaningful way. One of our doctors said it best. “It’s a way of contributing back to the standard of care all over the world.” Questions come from the clinic, we answer them in a thoughtful way, and then they go back to the clinic to make things better for our patients.”
COVID-19 has been a fixture of our lives for almost a year now, dominating TV news coverage as well as our day-to-day decision making where we go, what we do, and who we do it with. Amazingly, there is still a lot we don’t know about this virus; while primarily a respiratory illness, the effects on other systems of the body have been a hot topic of study, including the eyes. While a link between serious ocular disease and COVID-19 is yet to be determined, studies are still ongoing. With cases rising, proper precautions still need to be taken remember to wear a mask, socially distance, and avoid touching your face!
February is Low Vision Awareness Month, and there is no better time to protect one of your most important senses – your eyesight. Learning about the causes and risk factors is the key to protecting your sight. A few of these factors are increasing age, obesity, or having a family history of eye disease. Keep in mind that healthy habits like eating well and being active can lower your risk for diseases and conditions that can lead to eye or vision problems, like diabetes or high blood pressure. Talk with your family members to find out if they have had any eye problems. Some eye diseases and conditions run in families, like age-related macular degeneration or glaucoma. If you are worried you might be at risk for some eye diseases, talk to your doctor. You may be able to take steps to lower your risk.
As we close this challenging year, the doctors of Southeastern Retina want to express our gratitude to our wonderful patients, referring physicians, staff, and friends. Thank you for placing your trust in our team and best wishes for a happy and healthy 2021!
It is important to make healthy choices and take steps to manage your diabetes. Diabetes can damage the body’s normal circulation and cause problems with circulation to your heart, brain, eyes, kidneys and legs. The leading cause of blindness in the US is diabetic retinopathy (diabetic damage to the retina) with at least 50 percent of all diabetics developing diabetic retinopathy. In the early stages of diabetic retinopathy, you may not have symptoms. This makes it essential for those with diabetes to have a comprehensive dilated eye exam at least once per year. Your eye doctor will check for any signs of damage to the retina and optic nerve, including leaking blood vessels, swelling of the retina and growth of new vessels. If your eye doctor detects significant diabetic retinal disease, they may refer you to Southeastern Retina Associates for treatment, and one of our retina specialists will evaluate you at our offices in Kingsport, Johnson City, Bristol, Knoxville, Maryville, Oak Ridge, Morristown, Crossville, Chattanooga, Athens, Abingdon, Dalton or Rome. Please remember that controlling your blood sugar, blood pressure and cholesterol will help prevent the development and progression of diabetic retinopathy!
We have exciting news for our patients and referring doctors! We have opened another Kingsport location at 2236 East Stone Drive, Kingsport, TN 37660. This additional location will help our retina specialists meet the growing demand for advanced retina care in Kingsport and the surrounding area. This facility, like our other facilities, has examination and treatment rooms supported by the highest level of technology to meet the needs of every patient. To schedule an appointment at any of our greater Tri-Cities area or SW Virginia locations, call (423) 578-4364 or (888) 773-7287.
Southeastern Retina doctors and staff know this has been a challenging time for our patients and their families. We understand that anything affecting your eyes can be frightening. Our mission during the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic will continue to be to remain committed to preserving our patients’ vision and eye health. Southeastern Retina Associates will do everything we can to serve our patients’ retinal conditions while protecting patients, families, staff, physicians, and our communities. All our offices have remained open to serve our patients with their emergent/urgent eye conditions. Over the next 4-5 weeks, we will be opening our regular schedules. While we are excited about welcoming more patients back to our clinics, keeping everyone safe and healthy remains our top priority. Our current COVID 19 safety protocols will remain in place. We have also initiated additional operational changes and wanted to share some of the changes you may see or experience We are asking all patients to bring and wear a mask for their appointments. This additional precaution is to help protect the health of our patients and our team. All staff members will be wearing masks. If you need instruction on how to make a cloth face covering, Google “CDC […]
We have exciting news regarding our new Bristol location! Starting October 22, we will begin seeing patients at our new Bristol location, 109 Gate City Hwy., Bristol, VA. Our new location is a convenient, single story facility with free parking located less than a mile from our old location. Please also take note that we will permanently close our current office on Euclid Avenue on October 22. To schedule an appointment at any of our greater TriCities area or Southwest Virginia locations, call (423) 578-4364 or (888) 773-7287. Our new office renews our commitment to serving our patients and referring doctors in their own communities. As one of the largest retina-only medical practices in the southeastern United States, and the largest in Tennessee, Southeastern Retina specializes in treating diseases of the retina, macula, and vitreous. In addition to medical school and a 3-year ophthalmology residency, our board-certified ophthalmologists have also undergone 2 years of special Fellowship training in diseases and surgery of the retina and vitreous.
Beginning August 1, 2018, Southeastern Retina Associates will welcome Scott Barb, MD, to its Knoxville group of 7 vitreo-retinal surgeons. Dr. Barb specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, retinal tears and detachments, and macular holes and membranes. He comes to Southeastern Retina Associates from Emory Eye Center, Emory University in Atlanta, GA. Dr. Barb’s Ophthalmology residency program was at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA. Dr. Barb earned his medical degree from the University of Tennessee College of Medicine in Memphis. While in Memphis, Dr. Barb conducted research with Dr. Barrett Haik and Dr. Robert Ogg at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. During his University of Tennessee Research Fellowship, he treated young patients stricken with retina blastoma. Southeastern Retina Associates is thrilled to have Dr. Barb join our team of highly trained and experienced Knoxville physicians. “Dr. Barb is a superb addition to Knoxville’s physician team as we continue our commitment to offering the very latest in cutting-edge technologies and treatment options.”, said Southeastern Retina Associates CEO Andy Laverghetta.
Southeastern Retina Associates welcomes Mark Kleinman, MD, to its Tri-Cities offices beginning June 1, 2018. Dr. Kleinman will primarily serve our Tri-Cities market locations, including offices in Johnson City, Kingsport, Bristol, and Abingdon. Dr. Kleinman specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, retinal tears and detachments, and macular holes and membranes. He comes to Southeastern Retina Associates from the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington, KY. Dr. Kleinman completed his fellowship in vitreo-retinal surgery and his residency in ophthalmology at the University of Kentucky. He earned his medical degree from the New York University School of Medicine. A member of both the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American Society of Retina Specialties, Dr. Kleinman has received numerous awards for his commitment to ophthalmic research and clinical trials. Southeastern Retina Associates is thrilled to have Dr. Kleinman join our 4 highly trained and experienced Tri-Cities physicians. “Dr. Kleinman is a superb addition to our physician team here in the Tri-Cities. In particular, his interest and experience in clinical research further exemplifies our commitment to offering the very latest in cutting-edge technologies and treatment options.”, said Southeastern Retina Associates CEO Andy Laverghetta. Established in 1980, Southeastern […]