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

Dr. Thomas Krummenacher is a vitreoretinal diseases (retina and vitreous) specialist. He obtained his medical school training at St. Louis University School of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with St. Louis University (SLU). On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Krummenacher is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. He is professionally affiliated with Missouri Baptist Medical Center, St. Luke's Hospital, and SSM Health Care - St. Louis. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Krummenacher's office for an appointment.

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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's specialty is vitreoretinal diseases (retina and vitreous). He has received a 5.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Engelbrecht attended the University of Kansas School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center for residency. Dr. Engelbrecht's professional affiliations include St. Luke's Hospital, SSM Health Care - St. Louis, and Barnes-Jewish Hospital. He has an open panel.

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Clinical interests: Surgical Procedures, Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Vitreous Problems

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

Dr. Kevin Blinder's specialty is vitreoretinal diseases (retina and vitreous). He has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. His professional affiliations include Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, St. Luke's Hospital, and SSM Health Care - St. Louis. Dr. Blinder accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. He has an open panel. Before completing his residency at the University of Missouri Health System, Dr. Blinder attended medical school at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine.

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Clinical interests: Surgical Procedures, Vitreous Problems

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

Dr. Matthew Thomas' area of specialization is vitreoretinal diseases (retina and vitreous). Before completing his residency at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, Dr. Thomas attended medical school at Harvard Medical School. Patient reviews placed Dr. Thomas at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. Dr. Thomas speaks French. He is affiliated with 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's medical specialty is vitreoretinal diseases (retina and vitreous). Dr. Joseph has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University, Dr. Joseph attended Wayne State University School of Medicine. His professional affiliations include St. Luke's Hospital, SSM Health Care - St. Louis, and Barnes-Jewish Hospital. He has an open panel.

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Clinical interests: Vitreous Problems

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

Dr. Gaurav Shah's area of specialization is vitreoretinal diseases (retina and vitreous). Dr. Shah's professional affiliations include Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, St. Luke's Hospital, and Barnes-Jewish Hospital. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Shah takes. He graduated from the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Minnesota. Dr. Shah is conversant in Gujarati.

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Clinical interests: Surgical Procedures, Vitreous Problems

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

Dr. Bradley Smith is a vitreoretinal diseases (retina and vitreous) specialist. He takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. He is a graduate of the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine and a graduate of Wills Eye Institute's residency program. Dr. Smith's professional affiliations include St. Louis Children's Hospital, St. Luke's Hospital, and SSM Health Care - St. Louis. He welcomes new patients.

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Clinical interests: Uveitis, 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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