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We found 5 retina specialists who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO near Des Plaines, IL.

Dr. Daniel C Alter, PhD, MD
Specializes in Vitreoretinal Diseases
8901 Golf Road; Suite 206
Des Plaines, IL
 

Dr. Daniel Alter practices vitreoretinal diseases (retina and vitreous). After attending the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago for medical school, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago. Clinical interests for Dr. Alter include diabetes, macular degeneration, and eye trauma. On average, patients gave him a rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Great-West Healthcare, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Alter is affiliated with Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS).

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Clinical interests: Eye Trauma, Retina Problems, Macular Degeneration, Surgical Repair, Diabetes, Diabetic Retinopathy, ... (Read more)

Dr. Bryan M Kim, MD
Specializes in Vitreoretinal Diseases
1875 Dempster Street; #640
Park Ridge, IL
 

Dr. Bryan Kim works as a retina specialist. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. He trained at Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary for residency. These areas are among Dr. Kim's clinical interests: macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, and retinal detachment. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. In addition to English, Dr. Kim (or staff) speaks Korean and Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Advocate Lutheran General Hospital, Alexian Brothers Medical Center, and Swedish Covenant Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Clinical interests: Macular Degeneration, Diabetic Retinopathy, Macular Hole, Retinal Detachment, Vitreoretinal ... (Read more)

Dr. John Carbon Michael, MD
Specializes in Vitreoretinal Diseases
8780 W Golf Road; Suite 304
Niles, IL
 

Dr. John Michael is a specialist in vitreoretinal diseases (retina and vitreous). His clinical interests include diabetes, pneumatic retinopexy, and cryoretinopexy (retinal cryopexy). He accepts several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. Dr. Michael's education and training includes medical school at the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine and the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago and residency at Columbus Hospital, Chicago and the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics. He is conversant in Assyrian Neo-Aramaic. Dr. Michael is professionally affiliated with Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS), Vista Health System, and NorthShore University HealthSystem.

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Clinical interests: Pneumatic Retinopexy, Cryoretinopexy, Laser Surgery, Diabetes, Retina Surgery, Retinal Detachment, ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Vitreoretinal Diseases
8901 Golf Road; 206
Des Plaines, IL
 

Dr. George Wyhinny's specialty is vitreoretinal diseases (retina and vitreous). Dr. Wyhinny's clinical interests include macular degeneration, retinal detachment, and vitreous problems. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Viant, CIGNA Plans, and more. After attending the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago for medical school, he completed his residency training at Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary. He is conversant in Ukrainian. Dr. Wyhinny is affiliated with Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS).

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Clinical interests: Retina Problems, Macular Degeneration, Macular Problems, Retinal Detachment, Vitreous Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. Enrique Garcia-Valenzuela, PhD, MD
Specializes in Vitreoretinal Diseases
1875 Dempster Street; Suite 640
Park Ridge, IL
 

Dr. Enrique Garcia-Valenzuela is a physician who specializes in vitreoretinal diseases (retina and vitreous). He has a special interest in retina surgery. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Delphi, as well as other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary, Dr. Garcia-Valenzuela attended medical school at National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) Faculty of Medicine. He has received the distinction of Chicago Super Doctors. Dr. Garcia-Valenzuela (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and French. Dr. Garcia-Valenzuela is professionally affiliated with Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS).

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Clinical interests: Research, Retina Surgery, Vitreoretinal Surgical Procedures

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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.