Table of contents:
- Diseases Treated by Vitreo-Retina Ophthalmologists
- Actions Performed by a Vitreo-Retina Ophthalmologist
- When to See a Vitreo-Retina Ophthalmologist?
Vitreo-retinal ophthalmologist is an ophthalmologist who has special expertise to examine, treat, or prevent eye disorders in the vitreous and retinal area. Check out the following article to find out more about the role of this subspecialist doctor
To become an ophthalmologist who specializes in vitreo-retinal, a general practitioner must continue his education in the field of ophthalmology in order to obtain the title of ophthalmologist (Sp.M). After that, he continued his education to the vitreo-retinal subspeci alty field to earn his Sp.M(KVR).
Diseases Treated by Vitreo-Retina Ophthalmologists
Vitreo-retinal ophthalmologists have in-depth abilities to diagnose, treat, and prevent various eye he alth problems, especially in the middle and back of the eye, specifically the retina, choroid, and vitreous.
Examples of eye disorders that can be treated by a vitreo-retinal ophthalmologist are:
- Macular degeneration
- Macular hole
- Macular edema
- Retinal detachment
- Posterior uveitis or choroiditis
- diabetic retinopathy
- Retinopathy of prematurity
- Retinitis pigmentosa
Actions Performed by a Vitreo-Retina Ophthalmologist
The following is the scope of work of a vitreo-retinal ophthalmologist:
- Search for symptoms and complaints related to eye disorders, especially in the vitreous and retinal areas, as well as previous medical history
- Performing supporting examinations, such as digital fluorescein angiography, optical coherence tomography, and Heidelberg retinal tomography
- Do anti-vascular endothelial growth factor (anti-VEGF) therapy to treat macular degeneration
- Doing laser therapy, cryotherapy, photodynamics, and vitrectomy to repair blood vessels or damaged areas in the retina area
- Providing information regarding the recovery and prevention of eye disorders in the vitreous and retinal area
When to See a Vitreo-Retina Ophthalmologist?
You are recommended to visit a vitreo-retinal ophthalmologist if you experience:
- Injury to the eye due to an object stuck in the eye
- Sudden blurry vision
- Double vision
- Vision with black dots or long threads (eye floaters)
- Inflammation inside the eyeball due to infection (endophthalmitis)
- Gradual vision loss and have diabetes
- Difficulty distinguishing colors
Before meeting with a vitreo-retinal ophthalmologist, there are several things you need to prepare, including:
- Reference letter from previous doctor (if any)
- Notes on complaints and symptoms experienced
- Medical records and data history of previous illnesses
- Record of family history
- List of drugs or supplements consumed
Problems with the vitreous, choroidal, or retinal can cause serious visual impairment if ignored.
Therefore, if you experience eye problems as described above, immediately visit a vitreo-retinal ophthalmologist for proper treatment.