Retinal Diseases

Duke retinal specialists use the latest diagnostic, medical, and surgical advances to diagnose and manage common retinal diseases such as macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, and retinal detachments. 

Duke Eye Center is a Center of Excellence for  more complex and rare conditions such as genetic retinal diseases and pediatric retina an optic nerve disorders, uveitis, retinal vein occlusion, and retinitis pigmentosa.

Our retinal specialists are recognized research leaders who focus their efforts on learning more about the causes of retinitis, and developing promising new imaging methods and therapies. The field of retinal surgery was pioneered at Duke by the former chair of our ophthalmology department, Dr. Robert Machemer, widely considered to be the “father of vitreoretinal surgery.”

 

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Duke Eye Center is a Leader for Retina Care 

Detached Retina - Duke retinal specialists diagnose and correct retinal tears and holes as early as possible, before the small breaks lead to retinal detachment, which may require immediate surgery. Our retinal specialists are on call to respond immediately to emergencies, and our dedicated eye operating rooms are always available to treat retinal detachments. We also have the advanced training, skill and expertise to treat complex problems such as abnormal scar tissue known as proliferative vitreoretinopathy (PVR) that can sometimes arise following retinal detachment surgery. Our goal is to accurately and quickly diagnose your retinal condition to maximize your visual outcome.

Diabetic Retinopathy - Duke retinal specialists are experts in the diagnosis, management and treatment of diabetic retinopathy. We use the latest imaging devices to identify the changes in your eye caused by diabetic retinopathy, and recommend the most appropriate course of treatment. Our specialists are recognized leaders in the field of diabetic retinopathy research. Our advanced training and experience ensures you get the care you need to prevent or halt the vision loss often associated with diabetic retinopathy.

Macular Degeneration - Duke retinal specialists use sophisticated imaging technology and the latest treatment advances to diagnose and manage wet and dry macular degeneration. Our retinal specialists are also researchers whose work focuses on learning more about macular degeneration, and developing promising new therapies. No matter which type of macular degeneration you have, our goal is to diagnose it early, and prevent the vision loss that can occur.

Duke Pediatric Retina and Optic Nerve Center (DPROC)

Changing the future of eye-brain care for infants and children, a group of expert clinicians and scientists  dedicated to helping infants and children improve eye and brain health. We offer unique diagnostic and research capabilities for assessment of pediatric eye and brain development and diseases.

Utilizing the largest database of infant eye imaging in the world our team is able to safely diagnose and treat:

  • Pediatric Glaucoma 
  • Pediatric Optic Nerve Disease 
  • Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP) 
  • Pediatric Retinal Diseases                        

The Duke Center for Retinal Degenerations & Ophthalmic Genetic Diseases  (CRDOGD)

 
With fewer than 20 centers of its kind in the United States, the object of the CRDOGD is to improve diagnosis, provide optimal treatment, and find cures for both genetic and non-genetic retinal degenerative diseases.
 
Since there are a number of factors affecting the management of these complex diseases, Director Alessandro Iannaccone, MD, MS, FARVO works to bring together the expertise of medical and surgical specialists, genetic counselors, researchers, and imaging specialists.
 
This highly comprehensive approach to treatment allows patients to receive specialized genetic
counseling and optometric visual rehabilitation whenever necessary.