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Dr. David Carleton Reed, MD
Specializes in Vitreoretinal Diseases
840 Walnut Street; Suite 1020
Philadelphia, PA

Dr. David Reed is a physician who specializes in vitreoretinal diseases (retina and vitreous). After attending Ohio State University College of Medicine for medical school, he completed his residency training at Jules Stein Eye Institute. Dr. Reed is especially interested in retina problems (vitreoretinal diseases). He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Tufts Health Plan, as well as other insurance carriers. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Reed include: American Board of Ophthalmology Exam, 99th percentile; Resident Research Award, Jules Stein Eye Institute, UCLA; and Academic Excellence Award, The Ohio State University College of Medicine. Dr. Reed is not currently accepting new patients.

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Clinical interests: Retina Problems

Dr. William Joseph Foster Jr., PhD, MD
Specializes in Vitreoretinal Diseases
3401 N Broad Street, Parkinson; 6th
Philadelphia, PA

Dr. William Foster practices vitreoretinal diseases (retina and vitreous) in Philadelphia, PA. Dr. Foster takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze. He attended medical school at Duke University School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Foster completed residency programs at Washington University Medical Center in St. Louis and Duke University Medical Center. Dr. Foster's hospital/clinic affiliations include Temple University Hospital (TUH) and Jeanes Hospital.

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Clinical interests: Vitreous Problems

Dr. Benjamin Harris Bloom, MD
Specializes in Vitreoretinal Diseases
Two Penn Boulevard; Suite 117
Philadelphia, PA

Dr. Benjamin Bloom is a specialist in vitreoretinal diseases (retina and vitreous). He works in Philadelphia, PA. These areas are among his clinical interests: macular degeneration, cataract surgery, and vitreous problems. Dr. Bloom is professionally affiliated with Einstein Healthcare Network and Lankenau Medical Center. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. He welcomes new patients. After completing medical school at Tufts University School of Medicine, Dr. Bloom performed his residency at Tufts Medical Center.

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Clinical interests: Cataract Surgery, Macular Degeneration, Laser Surgery, Cataracts, Retina Problems, Vitreous Problems

Specializes in Vitreoretinal Diseases
Retina Service; Wills Eye Hospital
Philadelphia, PA

Dr. Peter Palena is a vitreoretinal diseases (retina and vitreous) specialist in Media, PA and Philadelphia, PA. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Jefferson Medical College, Dr. Palena attended Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College for medical school. The average patient rating for Dr. Palena is 3.5 stars out of 5. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Palena accepts.

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Clinical interests: 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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