Our Services

Welcome to Retina Specialists of Idaho, PLLC.  Here we specialize in the medical and surgical management of sight-threatening ocular conditions that affect the retina, vitreous, and macula.  We offer exceptional care in a soothing environment.

Our advanced technology ensures complete diagnosis and treatment for every patient.  Spectral OCT, fluorescein angiography, anterior/posterior segment ultrasonography, multi-modality laser, pneumatic retinopexy and use of multiple injectable medications are some of the modalities we offer to assist in the diagnosis and treatment of ocular conditions.

Among those conditions we treat are macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, retinal detachment, uveitis, inherited retinal disease, macular puckers and holes, retinal vein occlusions and ocular trauma.  Dr. Roberts and Dr. Earl have had extensive training in dealing with these conditions and are anxious to assist in your vision rehabilitation.

Part of our exceptional care is taking the time to offer a complete explanation of your condition and treatment options.  We want to ensure that your questions are answered and that you feel comfortable with the proposed treatment.  We are dedicated to providing you and your family with excellent care and unprecedented availability.  Please let us know how we can be of assistance to you.

Retina Conditions

There are a large number of disease entities and ocular conditions that can cause vision loss.  Having as much information as possible about your condition is helpful when trying to make treatment decisions and planning for the future.

Retinal Detachment

Retinal detachment describes an emergency situation in which a critical layer of tissue (the retina) at the back of the eye pulls away from the layer of blood vessels that provides it with oxygen and nourishment.  Retinal detachment leaves the retinal cells lacking oxygen. The longer retinal detachment goes untreated, the greater your risk of permanent vision loss in the affected eye.

Uveitis

Uveitis is a form of eye inflammation. It affects the middle layer of tissue in the eye wall (uvea).  Uveitis warning signs often come on suddenly and get worse quickly. They include eye redness, pain and blurred vision. Possible causes of uveitis are infection, injury, or an autoimmune or inflammatory disease. Many times a cause can’t be identified.

Diabetic Retinopathy

Diabetic retinopathy is the most common diabetic eye disease and a leading cause of blindness in American adults. It is caused by changes in the blood vessels of the retina.  In some people with diabetic retinopathy, blood vessels may swell and leak fluid. In other people, abnormal new blood vessels grow on the surface of the retina. The retina is the light-sensitive tissue at the back of the eye. A healthy retina is necessary for good vision.  If you have diabetic retinopathy, at first you may not notice changes to your vision. But over time, diabetic retinopathy can get worse and cause vision loss. Diabetic retinopathy usually affects both eyes.

Macular Degeneration

Macular Degeneration is caused by the deterioration of the central portion of the retina, the inside back layer of the eye that records the images we see and sends them via the optic nerve from the eye to the brain. The retina’s central portion, known as the macula, is responsible for focusing central vision in the eye, and it controls our ability to read, drive a car, recognize faces or colors, and see objects in fine detail.

Macular Pucker

A macular pucker refers to the formation of a semitransparent scar tissue on the surface of the retina. With time, this scar tissue can contract and result in distortion of the underlying retina and/or macular edema (swelling).

Macular Holes

The macula is the region of the retina anatomically located in the center of the retina. It is responsible for providing the sharp, central vision needed to see fine details. A macular hole is a small full-thickness retinal defect in the macula.

Retinal Vein Occlusions

Retinal vein occlusion is a blockage of the small veins that carry blood away from the retina. The retina is the layer of tissue at the back of the inner eye that converts light images to nerve signals and sends them to the brain.

Ocular Trauma

Physical or chemical injuries of the eye can be a serious threat to vision if not treated appropriately and in a timely fashion. The most obvious presentation of ocular (eye) injuries is redness and pain of the affected eyes.

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