We have Lynchburg’s only Fellowship-Trained Retina Specialists: Robert Vogel, MD and Golnaz Javey, MD
Retina specialists, in addition to general ophthalmology, undergo intensive training that focuses on a subspecialized area of eye and vision care. Retina specialists are ophthalmologists that have completed training (including a one or two year fellowship) after their three year ophthalmology residency to specialize in diseases and conditions related to the vitreous and retina. To learn more about what it means to be a retina specialist, read our blog.
Retina health is essential for great vision.
The retina is a thin layer of tissue that lines the back of the eye.
The purpose of the retina is to receive light that has been focused by the lens of the eye, to convert the light into neural signals, and to send these signals on to the brain via the optic nerve for visual recognition. Basically, the retina processes a picture from the focused light.
Due to the retina’s vital role in vision, damage to it can cause blurry image, distortion in vision, waviness, or permanent blindness. Age Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of vision loss in the United States. This disease can be detected in early stages by routine eye exams, and treatment may be offered for some stages of AMD to prevent blindness.
This simulator shows how someone with AMD might lose sight over time, with a blank area gradually masking their central vision.
Many times, retinal problems may be associated with systemic conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, and carotid artery disease. Diabetic retinopathy is one of the leading causes of blindness in the United States. Early detection and treatment often help patients to preserve their vision. The American Academy of Ophthalmology recommends at least one eye exam a year for all diabetic patients.
Our retinal specialists provide advance treatments to help you maintain healthy eyes and are committed to quality care. With the best technology and medical advancements, Dr. Robert Vogel and Dr. Golnaz Javey will take care of your eyes.