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Telescopic Lens Now Available for Dry Age-Related Macular Degeneration Patients

The new VisionCare telescopic lens is helping patients with dry, age-related macular degeneration. Retina Consultants of Charleston is coordinating with Cornea Specialists, Low Vision Specialists, and Occupational Therapists to provide the newly FDA approved telescopic lens to our patients.

By |January 3rd, 2013|Categories: Uncategorized||0 Comments

Geographic Atrophy Clinical Trials

Now Accepting Patients for Geographic Atrophy Study!
Inclusion Criteria:
1. Patients with Geographic Atrophy in one or both eyes.
2. Visual Acuity 20/200 or better
3. Willing to participate in a clinical research program investigating a potential new therapy to treat geographic atrophy

Participants will receive study-related care and medication at no cost for the 18 month duration of the study

Call our office for details, or visit THIS PAGE to make a patient referral.

(843) 763-4466

Make Patient Referrals Online!

Did you know that your doctor can make a patient referral using our website?
A doctor’s office can be a busy place!  The office support staff can get particularly busy making referrals to other doctors, and accepting patient referrals from outside doctors.  A lot of their time can be wasted waiting on the phone or fax machine. Retina Consultants of Charleston helps make the referral process easier!  Referring physicians can easily send a patient’s information using THIS FORM.  It goes straight to our front desk staff, who will then call the patient to schedule the appointment, and confirm the referral with the doctor who sent it.

Just another way that Retina Consultants of Charleston is working to make your eye care as painless as possible!

National Diabetic Eye Disease Month

November is American Diabetes Month, and it is a time to raise awareness of diabetes prevention and control.  In conjunction with this National effort, November is also recognized as National Diabetic Eye Disease Month, and Retina Consultants of Charleston has been leading the fight against diabetic eye disease right here in the Lowcountry for over a decade.

There are many problems that people with diabetes face.  Diabetic eye disease is one of the more common complications, and all forms of diabetic eye disease may cause severe vision loss or blindness.

Diabetic eye disease may include:

Diabetic retinopathy—damage to the blood vessels in the retina.
Cataract—clouding of the eye’s lens. Cataracts develop at an earlier age in people with diabetes.
Glaucoma—increase in fluid pressure inside the eye that leads to optic nerve damage and loss of vision. A person with diabetes is nearly twice as likely to get glaucoma as other adults.

“For some patients, diabetic retinopathy is actually one of their first signs of having diabetes. The risk of developing a diabetic eye disease increases the longer a person has had diabetes, but some may develop retinal abnormalities within a year or two of the first appearance of the disease” says Dr. Virgil Alfaro, an Ophthalmologist and retina specialist with Retina Consultants of Charleston.

Because diabetic eye disease may be developing even when your sight is good, having regular dilated eye exams is very important for discovering issues early. Some patients may notice signs of vision changes. If you’re having trouble reading, if your vision is blurred, or if you’re seeing rings around lights, dark spots, or flashing lights, you may have eye problems. Be sure to tell our team about any eye problems you may have.

We proudly announce the publication of Macular Surgery, 2nd Edition!

Macular Surgery, Second Edition

is written for and by retina specialists. It details the surgical indications and surgical techniques in the management of macular diseases.  With the first edition published in 1999, this second book published in 2011 presents a highly illustrated treatise on surgical maneuvers and techniques.
This text serves as a comprehensive and contemporary analysis of macular diseases and their management.  An exhaustive review of the latest proven surgical techniques and therapies for treatment of macular disorders is provided, with emphasis on proven techniques from extended investigations of controlled clinical trials.

This book gives a good and advanced insight to macular diseases and surgery. It touches the sub-macular surgery techniques and macular translocation procedures quite nicely, and the summary of the ETDRS and MPS is also an excellent reference for retina fellows.  Want a copy for your practice?  Click Here!