Retina Center

The Retina Center at Delaware Eye Institute offers our patients specialized care and treatment for retinal problems. With an entire wing of our Rehoboth Beach facility dedicated to the Retina Center, we have introduced a new dimension to our full spectrum of care for your eyes. We have the staff, facilities and tools necessary for the successful treatment of any medical or surgical retinal problems.

Delaware Eye Institute has three Board Certified and Fellowship trained Vitreoretinal Specialists on staff. Each one has had expert training in medical and surgical treatment of retinal diseases. All have performed thousands of surgical procedures to treat retinal problems. They always take all the time needed to answer any questions you or your family may have about your condition. Please click on their links below to learn more about them.

What is the retina?

The retina is the membrane that lines the inside of the eye. Think of it like film in a camera. Images are captured on the retina, encoded, and then sent to the brain via the optic nerve. Attached to certain areas of the retina is the vitreous, a gel-like substance that fills the inside of the eye, giving it shape and volume.

Why treatment?

Many retinal diseases share common symptoms and treatments, but each has unique characteristics. The goal of retinal disease treatments is to stop or slow disease progression and preserve, improve or restore vision.

We perform the following retinal tests:
  • Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT): Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) is a non-invasive imaging technique that produces high resolution cross-sectional tomographs (or pictures) of the retina.
  • Fluorescein Angiogram: A fluorescein angiogram is a sophisticated test used to examine the retina. To begin the test, dye is injected into a vein.
  • Indocyanine Green Angiography (ICG): Indocyanine green angiography (ICG) is a test similar to a fluorescein angiogram. This dye, after injected, circulates in the blood stream and makes its way to the blood vessels underneath the retina.
  • Ultrasound: B-scan ultrasonography is a non-invasive diagnostic test we use to examine the eyeball when we cannot see into the back of the eye.

Frequently Asked Questions

What causes retinal damage?
Retinal damages, while common, are typically less well-known than other ocular diseases. That said, the best way to prevent or detect retinal damage or disease is to visit your eye doctor regularly for examination.
Macular Degeneration
Macular degeneration is one of the leading causes of blindness in older Americans. There are two types: dry macular degeneration and wet macular degeneration. Dry macular degeneration is diagnosed when drusen (deposits) accumulate under the retina. This causes the vision to dim or be distorted. Most people notice this more when they read. In the advanced stages the loss of the central vision can occur. Sometimes, drusen can lead to the development of new blood vessels under the retina. These new blood vessels leak fluid and blood under the retina. If this leakage occurs in the center of the retina, or macula, our vision becomes blurry, this is known as wet macular degeneration.
What causes retinal damage?
Several factors can damage the retina, including (but not limited to):
  • Eye disease
  • Trauma to the eye
  • Environmental factors (e.g. solar radiation/staring at the sun)
Is treatment available?
When the retina is damaged from disease or injury, vision loss occurs. Most times, this vision loss may not be restored by treatments. Doctors can always do their best to stop or slow progression of a disease, however. This means that, when caught early on, most retinal disease is manageable and vision loss can be minimal.