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Dr. Thomas K Krummenacher, MD
Specializes in Vitreoretinal Diseases
7934 North Lindbergh Boulevard; Suite A
Hazelwood, MO
 

Dr. Thomas Krummenacher's area of specialization is vitreoretinal diseases (retina and vitreous). His average rating from his patients is 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Krummenacher is professionally affiliated with Missouri Baptist Medical Center, St. Luke's Hospital, and SSM Health Care - St. Louis. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Krummenacher's office for an appointment. He studied medicine at St. Louis University School of Medicine. He trained at a hospital affiliated with St. Louis University (SLU) for his residency.

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Clinical interests: Vitreous Problems

Dr. Nicholas Earl Engelbrecht, MD
Specializes in Vitreoretinal Diseases
7934 N Lindbergh Boulevard
Hazelwood, MO
 

Dr. Nicholas Engelbrecht works as a retina specialist. Patient ratings for Dr. Engelbrecht average 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Engelbrecht is professionally affiliated with SSM Health St. Mary's Hospital (St. Louis, MO), St. Luke's Hospital, and Barnes-Jewish Hospital. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment. He studied medicine at the University of Kansas School of Medicine. Dr. Engelbrecht trained at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center for his residency.

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Clinical interests: Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Vitreous Problems

Dr. Matthew Anthony Thomas, MD
Specializes in Vitreoretinal Diseases
7934 N Lindbergh Boulevard
Hazelwood, MO
 

Dr. Matthew Thomas' area of specialization is vitreoretinal diseases (retina and vitreous). Dr. Thomas has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. He honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. He attended Harvard Medical School and subsequently trained at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute for residency. Dr. Thomas speaks French. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Missouri Baptist Medical Center, St. Luke's Hospital, and Barnes-Jewish Hospital.

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Clinical interests: Vitreous Problems

Dr. Daniel Paul Joseph, PhD, MD
Specializes in Vitreoretinal Diseases
7934 North Lindbergh Boulevard; Suite A
Hazelwood, MO
 

Dr. Daniel Joseph's specialty is vitreoretinal diseases (retina and vitreous). He is rated highly by his patients. His professional affiliations include SSM Health St. Mary's Hospital (St. Louis, MO), St. Luke's Hospital, and Barnes-Jewish Hospital. Dr. Joseph is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is open to new patients. His education and training includes medical school at Wayne State University School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University.

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Clinical interests: Vitreous Problems

Dr. Gaurav K Shah, MD
Specializes in Vitreoretinal Diseases
7934 North Lindbergh Boulevard; Suite A
Hazelwood, MO
 

Dr. Gaurav Shah's area of specialization is vitreoretinal diseases (retina and vitreous). Dr. Shah is affiliated with Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, St. Luke's Hospital, and Barnes-Jewish Hospital. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. Dr. Shah trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Minnesota for his residency. He speaks Gujarati.

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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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