We found 7 retina specialists who accept Great-West Healthcare Open Access near Saint Peters, MO.

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Dr. Kevin Jay Blinder, MD
Specializes in Vitreoretinal Diseases
5770 Mexico Road; Suite D
St. Peters, MO
 

Dr. Kevin Blinder is a physician who specializes in vitreoretinal diseases (retina and vitreous). The average patient rating for Dr. Blinder is 4.5 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. Dr. Blinder's education and training includes medical school at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine and residency at the University of Missouri Health System. He is affiliated with Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, SSM Health St. Mary's Hospital, and St. Luke's Hospital. He welcomes new patients.

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Clinical interests: Surgical Procedures, Vitreous Problems

Dr. Thomas K Krummenacher, MD
Specializes in Vitreoretinal Diseases
5770 Mexico Road; Suite D
St. Peters, MO
 

Dr. Thomas Krummenacher's specialty is vitreoretinal diseases (retina and vitreous). He graduated from St. Louis University School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with St. Louis University (SLU). The average patient rating for Dr. Krummenacher is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Krummenacher accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. Dr. Krummenacher's hospital/clinic affiliations include Missouri Baptist Medical Center, St. Luke's Hospital, and SSM Health Care - St. Louis. He has an open panel.

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Clinical interests: Surgical Procedures, Vitreous Problems

Dr. Nicholas Earl Engelbrecht, MD
Specializes in Vitreoretinal Diseases
5770 Mexico Road; Suite D
St. Peters, MO
 

Dr. Nicholas Engelbrecht is a vitreoretinal diseases (retina and vitreous) specialist. He has received a 5.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. Dr. Engelbrecht is a graduate of the University of Kansas School of Medicine and a graduate of Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center's residency program. He is affiliated with SSM Health St. Mary's Hospital, St. Luke's Hospital, and Barnes-Jewish Hospital. Dr. Engelbrecht is accepting new patients.

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Clinical interests: Surgical Procedures, Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Vitreous Problems

Dr. Matthew Anthony Thomas, MD
Specializes in Vitreoretinal Diseases
5650 Mexico Road; Suite 7
St. Peters, MO
 

Dr. Matthew Thomas' medical specialty is vitreoretinal diseases (retina and vitreous). Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Thomas accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, Dr. Thomas attended medical school at Harvard Medical School. He is conversant in French. Dr. Thomas's professional affiliations include Missouri Baptist Medical Center, St. Luke's Hospital, and Barnes-Jewish Hospital.

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Clinical interests: Surgical Procedures, Vitreous Problems

Dr. Daniel Paul Joseph, PhD, MD
Specializes in Vitreoretinal Diseases
5770 Mexico Road; Suite D
St. Peters, MO
 

Dr. Daniel Joseph works as a retina specialist. Patient ratings for Dr. Joseph average 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Joseph is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of Wayne State University School of Medicine. He completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Joseph's hospital/clinic affiliations include SSM Health St. Mary's Hospital, St. Luke's Hospital, and Barnes-Jewish Hospital. He welcomes new patients.

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Clinical interests: Vitreous Problems

Dr. Bradley Thomas Smith, MD
Specializes in Vitreoretinal Diseases
5770 Mexico Road; Suite D
St. Peters, MO
 

Dr. Bradley Smith's area of specialization is vitreoretinal diseases (retina and vitreous). He is professionally affiliated with SSM Health St. Mary's Hospital, St. Louis Children's Hospital, and St. Luke's Hospital. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine and residency at Wills Eye Institute. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Smith honors. Dr. Smith is accepting new patients.

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Clinical interests: Uveitis, Vitreous Problems

Dr. Gaurav K Shah, MD
Specializes in Vitreoretinal Diseases
5770 Mexico Road; Suite D
Saint Peters, MO
 

Dr. Gaurav Shah is a specialist in vitreoretinal diseases (retina and vitreous). He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. After attending the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago for medical school, Dr. Shah completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Minnesota. In addition to English, he speaks Gujarati. His professional affiliations include Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, St. Luke's Hospital, and Barnes-Jewish Hospital.

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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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