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Dr. Kelly Thrush Mitchell, BS, MD
Specializes in Vitreoretinal Diseases
3601 4th Street, Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences; 2nd Floor Room 2a100
Lubbock, TX
 

Dr. Kelly Mitchell is a medical specialist in vitreoretinal diseases (retina and vitreous). Areas of particular interest for Dr. Mitchell include comprehensive ophthalmology and vitreoretinal surgical procedures. Dr. Mitchell accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Before performing his residency at Brooke Army Medical Center, Dr. Mitchell attended the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine for medical school. He has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors.

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Clinical interests: Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Vitreoretinal Surgical Procedures

Dr. Stephen Reilly Smith, MD
Specializes in Vitreoretinal Diseases
4517 98th Street
Lubbock, TX
 

Dr. Stephen Smith is a medical specialist in vitreoretinal diseases (retina and vitreous). His education and training includes medical school at Tulane University School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with Northwestern University. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Smith include vitreoretinal surgical procedures. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is professionally affiliated with Seton Healthcare Family.

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Clinical interests: Vitreoretinal Surgical Procedures

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Specializes in Vitreoretinal Diseases
4517 98th Street
Lubbock, TX
 

Dr. Michel Shami practices vitreoretinal diseases (retina and vitreous). Dr. Shami has a special interest in vitreoretinal surgical procedures. He studied medicine at American University of Beirut Faculty of Medicine. His average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. He accepts United Healthcare Compass, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Clinical interests: Vitreoretinal Surgical Procedures

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Specializes in Vitreoretinal Diseases
4611 9th Street
Lubbock, TX
 

Dr. Donald May works as a retina specialist. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago.

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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.