Medical retina is a specialized field that deals with the in-office management and treatment of retinal diseases. This includes diabetic retinopathy, age-related macular degeneration, retinal vein occlusions, flashes and floaters, retinal tears, and some types of retinal detachments.
The retina is delicate neural tissue that lines the back of the eye and senses light from the outside world. The area of the retina known as the macula is essential for central vision (reading, watching TV, seeing faces). Damage to the retina and to the macula can be serious and vision-threatening, but fortunately, recent drug developments allow specialists to effectively treat some of these conditions.
Following his comprehensive ophthalmology training at the internationally renowned Wills Eye Hospital, Dr. David Perlmutter completed specialty medical-retina fellowship training at Geisinger Medical Center. Dr. Perlmutter uses high-definition spectral domain optical coherence tomography(OCT), fluorescein angiography, and retinal photography to diagnosis with increased accuracy, and he treats medical diseases of the retina with advanced laser technology and intravitreal injections (medications injected into the eye). Some of these medications include: Avastin, Lucentis, and Eylea, and the Ozurdex implant.