Vitreoretinal Surgery and Diseases (Retina)

Physicians

Chris Bergstrom, MD
Blaine Cribbs, MD
Andrew M. Hendrick, MD
G. Baker Hubbard III, MD
Timothy W. Olsen, MD
Suma Shankar, MD, PhD
Jiong Yan, MD
Steven Yeh, MD

Overview

Vitreoretinal (retina) specialists are ophthalmologists specializing in treatment of all retina diseases including macular degeneration, retinal detachment, macular holes, and diabetic retinopathy. The retina is the light-sensitive layer of tissue that lines the inside of the eye and sends visual messages through the optic nerve to the brain. Following medical school, these physicians complete a three-residency followed by a two-year fellowship in vitreoretinal diseases and surgery.

Emory Eye Center retina specialists are well known for treating many complex retinal diseases including advanced retinopathy of prematurity, cancers of the eye, complex surgical disorders as well as genetic eye disease.  The retina section is well-regarded as one of the finest training programs for vitreoretinal fellows.  The retina service cares for large numbers patients with a broad range of retinal diseases including diabetic retinopathy and age-related macular degeneration. Their pioneering retinal research, such as innovative new drug treatments, macular translocation surgery and new laser treatments, may revolutionize the treatment of macular degeneration, the leading cause of blindness in individuals over age 60. Techniques and instruments developed by Eye Center retina surgeons for surgery on the retina and vitreous, the jelly-like substance that fills the eye, are used by ophthalmic surgeons from across the globe.