Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Retina Specialist?

A retina specialist is a medical doctor who has specialized in ophthalmology and sub-specialized in diseases and surgery of the vitreous body of the eye and the retina. This subspecialty is sometimes known as vitreoretinal medicine. Read more

What are the types of services are performed by Retina Consultants?

Retina Consultants, PLLC specializes in diagnosing and treating diseases of the retina, macula and vitreous. Retina Consultants does not provide primary eye care services such as prescribing eyeglasses, evaluating or treating problems involving the front of the eye, or performing cataract and LASIK surgery.

How do I schedule an appointment?

Retina Consultants is a referral only practice. Appointments for consultation are scheduled by comprehensive ophthalmologist, optometrist, general practitioner, or endocrinologist that have identified a potentially serious issue involving the retina. Appointments may be scheduled by calling the office nearest you or by calling the Charleston Office at 304-346-4400.

I have a new patient appointment, what time should I arrive and how long will I wait?

Retina Consultants uses the latest technology to ensure you are receiving the highest standard of care. However, a retinal examination takes longer than the average general eye exam. From initial work up, diagnostic testing, and thorough examination by board certified retina specialist, a new patient can expect to be in our office for a minimum of two-to-three hours.
Arrive at our scheduled appointment time with your identification, health insurance cards, and any paperwork mailed to you filled out to the best of your ability.

Do I need a driver?

In most cases, both or your eyes will be fully dilated with drops that are stronger and last longer than used by your general eye doctor. Retina Consultants strongly recommends that you bring someone with you who can drive, or have a driver available for post exam transportation.

What is the exam like, and what kind of test are performed?

A retinal examination uses similar equipment applied by your general eye doctor. A slit lamp is used to look into the back of your dilated eye for an examination of the retina and supporting structures. Often, patients with diabetic, macular, or blood vessel issues will need a test called a fluorescein angiogram. This test can be performed, with your consent, at the same day of your appointment.

Our Locations

For after hour Emergencies, Call our Charleston Office 304.346.4400