We found 6 retina specialists who accept Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida BlueOptions All Copay near Venice, FL.

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Dr. Elizabeth R Richter, PhD, MD
Specializes in Surgery, Vitreoretinal Diseases
540 The Rialto
Venice, FL
 

Dr. Elizabeth Richter works as a surgeon and retina specialist. Dr. Richter's professional affiliations include Venice Regional Bayfront Health and Sarasota Memorial Hospital. She is a graduate of Georgia Regents University, Medical College of Georgia. For her residency, Dr. Richter trained at a hospital affiliated with Medical University of South Carolina. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze.

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Clinical interests: Surgical Procedures, Vitreous Problems

Dr. Keye Luc Wong, MD
Specializes in Vitreoretinal Diseases
540 The Rialto
Venice, FL
 

Dr. Keye Wong sees patients in Venice, FL, Sarasota, FL, and Port Charlotte, FL. His medical specialty is vitreoretinal diseases (retina and vitreous). He is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. His professional affiliations include Venice Regional Bayfront Health and Sarasota Memorial Hospital. Dr. Wong honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. Before completing his residency at Duke University Medical Center, Dr. Wong attended medical school at Rush Medical College.

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Clinical interests: Surgical Procedures, Vitreous Problems

Dr. Melvin Chia Chen, MD
Specializes in Vitreoretinal Diseases
540 The Rialto
Venice, FL
 

Dr. Melvin Chen is a vitreoretinal diseases (retina and vitreous) specialist in Sarasota, FL and Venice, FL. He is rated highly by his patients. Dr. Chen takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of Howard University College of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Chen trained at Georgetown University Medical Center. Dr. Chen is affiliated with Venice Regional Bayfront Health.

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Clinical interests: Surgical Procedures, Vitreous Problems

Specializes in Vitreoretinal Diseases
1360 E Venice Avenue
Venice, FL
 

Dr. William Mestrezat's specialty is vitreoretinal diseases (retina and vitreous). On average, patients gave Dr. Mestrezat a rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Wayne State University, Dr. Mestrezat attended medical school at Wayne State University School of Medicine.

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Clinical interests: Surgical Procedures, Vitreous Problems

Dr. Michael Brandon Parrott, PhD, MD
Specializes in Vitreoretinal Diseases
1360 E Venice Avenue
Venice, FL
 

Dr. Michael Parrott is a specialist in vitreoretinal diseases (retina and vitreous). The average patient rating for Dr. Parrott is 4.5 stars out of 5. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Parrott honors. After completing medical school at Baylor College of Medicine, he performed his residency at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute.

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Clinical interests: Vitreous Problems

Specializes in Vitreoretinal Diseases
540 The Rialto
Venice, FL
 

Dr. John Niffenegger sees patients in Sarasota, FL, Port Charlotte, FL, and Venice, FL. His medical specialty is vitreoretinal diseases (retina and vitreous). Dr. Niffenegger takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. He attended medical school at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Niffenegger completed a residency program at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. He is professionally affiliated with Venice Regional Bayfront Health.

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Clinical interests: Surgical Procedures, Vitreous Problems

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What are Vitreoretinal Diseases?

Vitreoretinal disease, or vitreoretinal surgery, is a subspecialty of ophthalmology that focuses on the surgical care of the back of the eye, or the retina. The retina is the layer of nerve tissue at the rear of the eye that senses light and is responsible for vision. Connected to the retina is a thick, clear gel called vitreous. In order to perform surgery on the retina, the vitreous must sometimes be removed. Doctors who can operate on these incredibly delicate parts of the eye are called vitreoretinal surgeons.

Some of the eye conditions that a vitreoretinal surgeon might treat include:
  • Diabetic retinopathy
  • Macular degeneration
  • Retinal detachment or tears
  • Macular holes
  • Retinal vein occlusion
  • Retinoblastomas

During vitreoretinal surgery, small incisions are made in the white of the eye, and very tiny instruments are inserted. The surgeon uses a microscope to treat the areas needed deep within the eye. In some procedures, a gas bubble is injected into the eye to apply pressure to the retina and keep it in place while it heals. If this is the case, you may be asked to lie face down for a few days after surgery. Eye drops containing antibiotics and other medications are also commonly prescribed.

Vitreoretinal diseases can be a serious threat to your vision. In many cases, vitreoretinal surgery can ensure you are able to see well into the future.
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