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We found 4 retina specialists who accept United Healthcare Gold EPO near Harlingen, TX.

Dr. Juan Gabriel Santiago, MD
Specializes in Vitreoretinal Diseases
1205 N Ed Carey Drive
Harlingen, TX
 

Dr. Juan Santiago is a retina specialist. Dr. Santiago obtained his medical school training at the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Puerto Rico. His clinical interests include vitreoretinal surgical procedures and retina problems (vitreoretinal diseases). He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more.

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Clinical interests: Retina Problems, Vitreoretinal Surgical Procedures

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Specializes in Vitreoretinal Diseases
1205 Ed Carey Drive
Harlingen, TX
 

Dr. Lee Tran is a medical specialist in vitreoretinal diseases (retina and vitreous). Dr. Tran's clinical interests encompass vitreoretinal surgical procedures. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star, as well as other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, Dr. Tran attended Baylor College of Medicine for medical school. He is affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital.

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Clinical interests: Vitreoretinal Surgical Procedures

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Specializes in Vitreoretinal Diseases
1205 Ed Carey Drive
Harlingen, TX
 

Dr. Mamta Patel is a vitreoretinal diseases (retina and vitreous) specialist. Dr. Patel has a special interest in glaucoma. She accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. She is a graduate of Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Patel's training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston.

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Clinical interests: Glaucoma, Refractive Surgery, Vitreoretinal Surgical Procedures

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Specializes in Vitreoretinal Diseases
1205 Ed Carey Drive
Harlingen, TX
 

Dr. Donald Meadows specializes in vitreoretinal diseases (retina and vitreous). On average, patients gave him a rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine, Dr. Meadows performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Alabama.

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Clinical interests: Cataract Surgery with Intraocular Lens Implantation, 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.