Frequently Asked Questions



Our website, Retina-Associates.net is designed to provide comprehensive information about our medical practice, our clinics, and about retinal conditions and treatments in general.

 

If you cannot find an answer to your question anywhere else on our website, you might find it here under "frequently asked questions". If you still cannot find the answer to your question, you may call us at 501-219-0900.

 

*Please do not call for medical advice. This number is reserved for appointments and questions about our medical practice.

 

What is a Retina Specialist?


  • A Retina Specialist is a physician who has special training in diseases and disorders of specific portions of the eye called the retina, vitreous and macula. The training includes College and Medical School, followed by Ophthalmology Residency training, and additional Surgical and Medical training specifically in Retina, Vitreous, and Macula diseases.


What eye conditions are treated by Retina Specialists?


  • Retina Specialists treat patients with the following conditions or problems: Retinal Detachments, Retinal Tears, Macular Degeneration, Diabetic Retinopathy, Presumed Ocular Histoplasmosis Syndrome, Posterior Vitreous Detachments, Flashes and Floaters, Retinopathy of Prematurity, Ocular Trauma, Ocular Tumors, and Uveitis (Inflammation in the Eye).


What is an Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT)?


  • OCT is a relatively new, non-invasive, quick exam that has gained universal acceptance and is now used by many ophthalmologists. Using reflected light rays, OCT provides a detailed, highly magnified, cross-section view of a patient's macula. Sometimes, it will uncover areas of leakage not readily apparent to a retina specialist during a microscopic exam.


What is an Fluorescein Angiogram (FA)?


  • FA is considered the “gold standard” for differentiating between dry and wet Age-Related Macular Degeneration (ARMD). It involves the injection of small amount of fluorescent dye, which is vegetable-based dye through a patient's vein - usually in the arm or hand. Shortly after, an ophthalmic angiographer will take a series of time-dependent retinal photographs. The injected dye lights up the retina's intricate vascular network and helps our specialist pinpoint a precise area of leakage in various conditions, such as macular degeneration disorders, diabetic retinopathy, etc.


What telephone number do I call for appointments?


  • Please call 501-219-0900 for all clinics.


Frequently asked questions about Macular Degeneration


  • Can eye drops for redness be used with macular degeneration? Yes, they will not have any effect on your macular degeneration. It is best to use Natural Tears or Systaine eye drops for relief of redness or dry eyes.

  • What medication is in the injection that is given in the eye for macular degeneration? There are two types of medicines available on the market for treatment of wet macular degeneration. The medicines are Avastin and Lucentis. Both of them consist of a medicine that is an antibody against vascular endothelial growth factor, so they slow down or stop the growth of bad blood vessels growing in the eye.

  • Is the injection (Avastin or Lucentis) that is given in the eye to treat macular degeneration painful? Naturally, patients are somewhat apprehensive when this treatment is offered, but it is actually very well tolerated. At the time of the procedure, the surface of the eye is anesthetized using Lidocaine eye drops. Also, a cotton swab soaked in Lidocaine may be placed under the eyelid at the site of the injection to anesthetize the eye ensure minimal discomfort. An anesthetic injection may also be performed to ensure minimal discomfort. Most patients have no discomfort during the procedure.

  • What can I expect after receiving an injection (Avastin or Lucentis) in the eye for treatment of macular degeneration? Later in the day, as the anesthetic wears off, there is some pain or scratchy sensation, which usually lasts for a day or so. The eye may appear red for several days due to superficial bleeding.

  • How often will I need to get an injection (Avastin or Lucentis) in the eye for treatment of macular degeneration? There have only been short-termed studies for Avastin treatments for wet macular degeneration. The reporting shows six - eight weeks in between injections is the optimal treatmen. There have been clinical trials for Lucentis treatments for wet macular degeneration. The results show every four weeks is the optimal treatment.


Can you tell me how to get to your clinic (any clinic)?

 


What insurance plans are accepted? Do you accept Medicare and Medicaid?

 

  • We are participating providers with Medicare and accept assignment of all Medicare claims.
    We participate in most HMO, PPO and Managed Care programs.


In which hospitals do you work?

 

  • Baptist Health Systems


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