Retinal Disease

Retinal Disease

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Duke retinal specialists use the latest advances to diagnose and manage retinal diseases including macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, and retinal detachments and tears. We are also experts in less common conditions such as uveitis, retinal vein occlusion, and retinitis pigmentosa. 

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Why Choose Duke

One of Few U.S. Facilities Offering Bionic Eye for Total Blindness
This exciting advance allows people with end-stage retinitis pigmentosa to gain improved functioning in their daily lives. 

Specialized Clinics
People travel from across the region to our specialized clinics, which are run by our experts in uveitis, retinitis pigmentosa, and retinal vein occlusion.

Compassionate, Supportive Environment
We offer patient support services, including educational materials and programs, a low vision rehabilitation program, and a dedicated social worker to help you and your loved ones manage your retinitis and maximize your quality of life.

Sophisticated Retinal Imaging
Our researchers are national leaders in the use of sophisticated imaging technology and interpreting their results. Our years of experience and extensive resources allow us to recommend the best treatment options for you. We are also one of the few centers in the U.S. to use OCT imaging in the operating room. This technology allows us to visualize the layers of the eye with greater detail and is used to more precisely guide treatment plans.

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High Volume Referral Center
We are frequently called upon to help people who have had recurrent retinal detachments or other complex retinal problems after they've had surgeries elsewhere.

Respected Retinal Leaders
As a patient of the Duke Eye Center, you are cared for by respected leaders in the field of ophthalmology. Our retinal specialists include nationally renowned experts in uveitis, retinitis pigmentosa, and retinal vein occlusion. Our doctors deliver lectures and train others on the latest advances in eye care, publish research, and help develop treatment guidelines that are followed by eye-care professionals around the world. 

Recognized Researchers 
Our retinal specialists are also 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. Many of our senior surgeons trained under Dr. Robert Machemer, MD, considered by many to be "the father of vitreoretinal surgery." Vitreoretinal refers to the treatment of the retina, macula and vitreous fluid, the fluid that surrounds the eye. 

Best Eye Hospital in NC
When it comes to your care, you want the very best. Duke University Hospital’s ophthalmology program is ranked seventh in the nation and best in North Carolina by U.S. News & World Report for 2019–2020.