Duke retinal specialists use the latest diagnostic, medical, and surgical advances to diagnose and manage all retinal diseases including macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, retinal detachments and tears. We are also experts in less common conditions such as uveitis, retinal vein occlusion and retinitis pigmentosa. Our retinal specialists are also recognized research leaders whose 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, who is widely considered to be the “father of vitreoretinal surgery.” Vitreoretinal refers to treatment of the retina, macula and vitreous fluid, the fluid that surrounds the eye.
- Top ranked care. The Duke Eye Center is consistently ranked among the top ten eye centers in the nation by U.S.News & World Report and Ophthalmology Times.
- Recognized retinal leaders. Our retinal specialists include nationally-renowned experts in uveitis, retinitis pigmentosa, and retinal vein occlusion. Our doctors lecture and train on the latest advances in eye care, publish research, and help to develop the guidelines for treatment that are followed around the world. As a patient at the Duke Eye Center, you are cared for by respected leaders in the field of ophthalmology.
- One of 13 U.S. facilities to offer bionic eye for total blindness. This exciting advancement 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 vast resources let us identify the subtleties and patterns that guide the treatment decisions we recommend to you. We are also one of the few centers in the U.S. to use OCT imaging in the OR. The technology allows us to visualize the layers of the eye with greater detail, and is used to more precisely guide treatment plans.
- High volume referral center. Because of our advanced training and skill in handling complex retinal detachments such as proliferative vitreoretinopathy, we are frequently called upon to help people who have experienced recurrent retinal detachments or other complex retinal problems following previous surgeries elsewhere.