What is a vitreoretinal specialist?

Although relatively small in size, our eyes are incredibly complex and require very special care—especially when a serious complication arises, such as a retinal disease or injury. 

The retina is a thin layer of tissue that lines the back of the eye. It contains millions of light-sensitive cells that receive and organize visual information, ultimately sending the information to our brain through the optic nerve. In short, our retina enables visual recognition. Without a healthy, functioning retina, vision is affected. Some serious retinal issues can even cause blindness.

So, who do we go to for a problem as serious as a retina malfunction? A vitreoretinal specialist.

A vitreoretinal specialist, or retinal specialist, is a medical doctor who has specialized in ophthalmology and sub-specialized in diseases and surgery of the retina and the vitreous body of the eye (the clear gel that fills the eye between the lens and retina).

Retinal specialists and surgeons are highly-trained in identifying, diagnosis, and treating conditions including:

ReFocus is proud to have several talented vitreoretinal surgeons and specialists as part of our network in the Northeast. We are at a location near you and ready to help you see things more clearly.