A Retina Specialist is a highly trained medical doctor that has completed extensive surgical training after medical school to diagnose and manage the full spectrum of diseases affecting the retina, macula, and vitreous.

All of Our Retina Specialists have completed:
  • 4 years of Undergraduate Education
  • 4 years of Medical School
  • 1 year of Medical Internship
  • 3 years of Ophthalmology Residency
  • 2 years of Vitreoretinal Surgical Fellowship
Learn more about each of our Specialists:
  • Dr. Pandya refers to the Retina as the ‘Engine of the Eye’ – the driving force behind vision.
  • The Retina is a light sensitive tissue in the back portion of the eye.
  • The Macula is central part of the Retina that is responsible for our central vision.
  • The Vitreous is the ‘jelly’ in the back of the eye that can lead to floaters.
  • Damage to these vital tissues can lead to decreased vision or complete blindness.
  • Retina Specialists can evaluate symptoms of flashes, floaters, or decreased vision.
  • Common Retina conditions include:
    • Diabetic Retinopathy
    • Retinal Vein Occlusion
    • Macular Degeneration
    • Posterior Vitreous Detachment
    • Retinal Tears and Detachments
    • Epiretinal Membrane
    • Vitreomacular Traction
    • Macular Hole
  • The most common cause of blindness in working-age adults in the Western World.
  • Diabetes can affect the entire body, including the eyes, kidneys, heart and brain.
  • Dr. Pandya says ‘you can lose your toes to diabetes, and your eyes are no different’.
  • Anyone with diabetes can suffer from blindness, especially if his or her blood glucose and blood pressure is uncontrolled.
  • Whenever blood flow to the Retina is compromised from diabetes and high blood pressure, the vital tissues of the Retina are subject to damage from a lack of oxygen and nutrients.
  • The lack of oxygen and nutrients to the Retina may lead to formation of new blood vessels that are likely to ‘break open’ and cause bleeding within the Vitreous gel.
  • Effectively, uncontrolled diabetes and associated diabetic retinopathy often leads to blindness.
  • We strongly urge all of Our Patients to seek a primary care physician to help manage their diabetes and high blood pressure.
  • Thankfully, Retina Specialists have the ability to diagnose and treat Diabetic Retinopathy.
  • Our goal is to maximize your vision and improve your quality of life.
  • A common cause of blindness in those with diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and smokers.
  • These conditions affect the entire body, including your eyes, kidneys, heart and brain.
  • Anyone with these conditions can suffer from blindness, especially if his or her blood glucose and blood pressure is uncontrolled.
  • Whenever blood flow to the Retina is compromised from diabetes and high blood pressure, the vital tissues of the Retina are subject to damage from a lack of oxygen and nutrients.
  • Damaged Retinal blood vessels can cause a blood clot to form and this leads to decreased vision.
  • We strongly urge all of Our Patients to seek a primary care physician to help manage their diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol.
  • Thankfully, Retina Specialists have the ability to diagnose and treat Retinal Vein Occlusions.
  • Our goal is to maximize your vision and improve your quality of life.
  • The most common cause of blindness in those over 65 years of age.
  • Due to breakdown of the central Retina (Macula), leading to decreased central vision.
  • Family history, smoking and uncontrolled blood pressure can cause this to develop.
  • We encourage you to quit smoking – a major modifiable factor in this condition.
  • If you are over 50 years old and have a family member with Macular Degeneration, please contact Retina Specialists for an evaluation.
  • Thankfully, Retina Specialists have the ability to diagnose and treat Macular Degeneration.
  • Our goal is to maximize your vision and improve your quality of life.

For more information on Macular Degeneration, please watch Dr. Pandya’s live television interview:

  • Condition where the Vitreous gel separates from the Retina leading to symptoms of ‘Flashes and Floaters’.
  • Despite being a normal process of ‘growing up’, this may be a harbinger of Retinal Tears and/or Retinal Detachments – vision threatening conditions that require Retina Specialists.
  • If you are having ‘Flashes and Floaters’, please contact Retina Specialists for an evaluation.
  • Thankfully, Retina Specialists have the ability to diagnose Posterior Vitreous Detachments, and investigate for Retinal Tears and/or Retinal Detachments.
  • Our goal is to maximize your vision and improve your quality of life.
  • Separated and damaged Retina due to Vitreous gel ‘pulling’ on the Retina surface
  • Often preceded by ‘Flashes and Floaters’, but may cause a ‘dark curtain’ over your eyesight.
  • A ‘game-changing’ condition leading to vision loss unless repaired with surgery.
  • Retinal Tears may be treated with laser treatment to prevent it from becoming a full-on Retinal Detachment – a condition requiring surgery in the operating room.
  • If you are having ‘Flashes and Floaters’ or decreased vision, please contact Retina Specialists for an evaluation.
  • Thankfully, Retina Specialists have the ability to diagnose and treat both Retinal Tears and Retinal Detachments.
  • Our goal is to maximize your vision and improve your quality of life.

For more information on Retinal Detachments, please read Dr. Pandya’s EMedicine Article on Retinal Detachments: http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/798501-overview

  • Also know as a ‘Macular Pucker’; scar tissue or ‘wrinkle’ over the surface of the central Retina (Macula) leading to distorted and blurred central vision.
  • A normal process of ‘growing up’, but can be accelerated after trauma, inflammation, or eye surgery.
  • Thankfully, Retina Specialists have the ability to diagnose and treat Epiretinal Membranes.
  • Our goal is to maximize your vision and improve your quality of life.
  • Very ‘sticky’ Vitreous gel on the surface of the retina leading to distorted central vision.
  • A normal process of ‘growing up’, but can be accelerated after trauma, inflammation, or eye surgery.
  • Thankfully, Retina Specialists have the ability to diagnose and treat Vitreomacular Traction.
  • Our goal is to maximize your vision and improve your quality of life.
  • Defect in the central Retina (Macula) leading to decreased central vision.
  • Often occurring naturally due to age-related changes to the Vitreous gel, but may be accelerated after trauma, inflammation, or eye surgery.
  • A time-sensitive condition requiring Retina Surgery to repair.
  • Thankfully, Retina Specialists have the ability to diagnose and treat Macular Holes.
  • Our goal is to maximize your vision and improve your quality of life.