COVID-19 Notification

During this challenging time in the medical community, our utmost priority is to care for and protect our patients. We plan to remain open and provide retina care to our community. We are following the CDC and American Academy of Ophthalmology’s recommendations regarding disinfection, infection control, and social distancing guidelines in all of our offices. All patients must wear a mask while in our office. If a patient does not have a mask, a mask will be given to them. To protect our patients and staff, we ask that patients with the following symptoms or situations contact our office prior to their appointment to see if they can keep their current appointment:

  • Patients who have traveled internationally, gone on a cruise, or traveled outside of their state or immediate area within the last 14 days
  • Patients who have visited, worked, or been institutionalized in a nursing home, long-term care facility, hospital, or rehab facility within the last 14 days
  • Patients who have been exposed to someone diagnosed with COVID-19 within the last 14 days
  • Patients with fever, flu-like symptoms, headache, diarrhea, stomach pain, loss of taste/smell, congestion, sore throat, fatigue, body aches, new-onset cough, conjunctivitis (pink eye), or new-onset shortness of breath

For patients with urgent eye conditions who meet the above-mentioned criteria, we will examine and treat them in an isolated space in our office if needed.

Visitor Policy: We currently are prohibiting visitors from our clinics with the exception of visitors accompanying patients with decreased mental capacity or extreme physical impairments. All visitors must also meet the above-mentioned, travel restriction and illness criteria to stay in our office with a patient. Visitors not meeting the previously mentioned criteria must wait outside our office until the patient exits the building, and unfortunately at this time, they may not wait in our office or waiting areas. In addition, we will not allow anyone under the age of 16 in our offices.

Pursuant to the Order of the Kanawha Charleston Health Department, dated April 6, 2020, the maximum per person occupancy in our Charleston office is 20 people. While in our office, a social distance of 6 feet must always be maintained.

As always, we appreciate your understanding and support during this ever-changing, healthcare climate.

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