What is a Retina Specialist?

There's No Subsitute for Specialized Retinal Care

Vision problems can be alarming, and they should be addressed as soon as possible. If you’re unsure about the cause of your symptoms or what your treatment options are, you'll likely turn to a general ophthalmologist for an exam. Ophthalmology is a broader branch of eye-focused medicine with multiple specialties tucked under its umbrella. If your ophthalmologist spots any signs of retinal issues, they may refer you to a retina specialist practice like Southeastern Retina Associates (SERA).

General Ophthalmologist vs. Retina Specialist Services

A general ophthalmologist specializes in medical and surgical eye care. To reach this milestone, they must complete a four-year undergraduate program, a four-year medical school program, a one-year internship, and a three-year residency program.

A general ophthalmologist can provide a number of services for their patients like:

  • General eye exams
  • Treatment for cataracts and glaucoma
  • Eye surgery
  • Prescriptions for glasses or contact lenses
  • Vision therapy

Retina specialists go through the same schooling as general ophthalmologists, but with additional training to identify and treat specific retinal injuries and conditions, including:

SERA’s Approach to Care

SERA is a specialized practice that exclusively focuses on the treatment of retina and vitreous diseases. Our board certified team of doctors have an accumulated 237 years of experience, effectively diagnosing and treating vision-threatening conditions since 1980. When you come to us, you can expect our retina specialists to combine the latest in cutting-edge science with attention to consistency and details to provide the best treatment outcomes possible.

Our scope of services include:

  • Intravitreal injections
  • Retinal laser photocoagulation
  • Vitreoretinal surgery
  • Vitrectomy
  • Scleral buckle
  • Pneumatic retinopexy
  • Optical coherence tomography
  • Fluorescein angiography
  • Indocyanine green angiography
  • Ultrasonography

Additionally, we offer treatment options and clinical research trials you won’t find anywhere else.

It takes all of us.

Whether you are a patient or a referring provider, you can expect a unified approach to care at SERA.

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