We found 4 retina specialists who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield Basic 103, a Multi-State Plan near Philadelphia, PA.

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

Dr. David Reed is a medical specialist in vitreoretinal diseases (retina and vitreous). His clinical interests encompass retina problems (vitreoretinal diseases). He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Tufts Health Plan, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Reed is a graduate of Ohio State University College of Medicine. Dr. Reed trained at Jules Stein Eye Institute for residency. His distinctions 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. He is not currently accepting new patients.

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Clinical interests: Retina Problems

Dr Benjamin Harris Bloom MD
Specializes in Vitreoretinal Diseases
Average rating 3.0 stars out of 5 (1 rating)
Two Penn Boulevard; Suite 117
Philadelphia, PA

Dr. Benjamin Bloom is a medical specialist in vitreoretinal diseases (retina and vitreous). After attending Tufts University School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at Tufts Medical Center. Dr. Bloom has indicated that his clinical interests include macular degeneration, cataract surgery, and vitreous problems. 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. His professional affiliations include Einstein Healthcare Network and Lankenau Medical Center. Dr. Bloom is open to new patients.

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

Dr William Joseph Foster Jr PHD MD
Specializes in Vitreoretinal Diseases
3401 N Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA

Dr. William Foster is a retina specialist in Philadelphia, PA. Dr. Foster obtained his medical school training at Duke University School of Medicine and performed his residency at Washington University Medical Center in St. Louis and Duke University Medical Center. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Specializes in Vitreoretinal Diseases
Average rating 3.58 stars out of 5 (3 ratings)
Retina Service; Wills Eye Hospital
Philadelphia, PA

Dr. Peter Palena specializes in vitreoretinal diseases (retina and vitreous) and practices in Media, PA and Philadelphia, PA. Patients gave him an average rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Palena honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. He attended Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with Jefferson Medical College.

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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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