Retina specialist: When should you see one?
A retina specialist (or retinal specialist) is an ophthalmologist who has undergone additional training to become an expert in the diagnosis, management and treatment of diseases of the retina of the eye.
When should you see a retina specialist?
Reasons for a referral to a retinal specialist include:
Your eye doctor has detected something unusual in your retina and wants an expert second opinion about the condition or its management and treatment.
Your eye doctor believes you have a retinal condition that is best managed and treated by a retina specialist.
Your eye doctor believes you have a medical eye emergency (such as a detached retina) that needs immediate surgery by a retina specialist.
Who should see a retina specialist?
Most people won’t need to see a retinal specialist in their lifetime.
However, reasons someone might need referral to retina specialist include:
Risk of a retina or vitreous condition, due to genetics or other risk factors
For a special surgical procedure, such as a vitrectomy or repair of a detached retina
To evaluate a retinal hole or tear
For treatment of diabetic retinopathy
For ongoing management of a chronic disease of the retina, such as age-related macular degeneration
For evaluation and treatment of certain eye cancers
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Retina specialist: Emergency care
If you experience eye trauma or a vision-related emergency, do not hesitate to contact an eye doctor as soon as possible. You may then be referred to a retinal specialist.
In traumatic instances, such as eye injuries involving the retina, a retina specialist can offer a specialized emergency treatment plan. This may involve surgical treatment, among other special care.
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Page updated October 2020