Welcome to Retina Associates, PA
Retina Associates, PA is one of the most well-established and advanced practices devoted to diagnosing and treating diseases of the retina, macula, and vitreous among families in the Greater Kansas City area and the surrounding communities.
Our team of retina specialists serving Kansas City and neighboring communities specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, retinal detachments, macular holes, macular pucker, and vascular occlusive diseases affecting the eye. We have highly skilled and well-trained physicians committed to providing you with the best care available using state-of-the-art facilities, diagnostic equipment, treatment plans, and surgery options. Retina Associates, PA is also committed to continuous improvement in our practice and is actively involved in research that will further the treatment of the retina, macula, and vitreous.
Why Choose Us
Dedicated Retina Specialists
We are the largest group of retina specialists in the area, so patients travel from Kansas City and other neighboring communities to receive care from our doctors.
Our objective is to provide world-class medical service in a comfortable, welcoming environment where patients can feel relaxed during their visits.
At Retina Associates, PA, we want to ensure that all patients can access our services. We have multiple locations to better serve Kansas City and surrounding areas.
Our physicians are also dedicated researchers who are consistently conducting studies to develop new instruments and techniques such as laser treatments.
Request an Appointment at Our Practice Today
Whether you are a new patient or a referring physician, our team is ready to meet you. Our team of physicians combines extensive training, advanced techniques, and continuing research to provide the most comfortable and effective eye care available. Together, our physicians are members of various organizations:
- American Board of Ophthalmology
- American Medical Association
- American Academy of Ophthalmology
- Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology
- American College of Surgeons
- American Society of Retina Specialists
To schedule an appointment at any of our offices serving Shawnee Mission, Overland Park, Kansas City and other neighboring communities, send us a message or call our office:
Our mission is the preservation and restoration of sight in our patients. We strive to provide exceptional professional care in the most comfortable surroundings. It is our goal to provide the highest level of care and treatment working with your referring doctor, who remains an important part of your eye care team. We will keep your doctor completely informed of the care you receive. Our Team
What Is a Retina Specialist?
A retina specialist is a medical doctor who has received advanced specialty training in the field of ophthalmology, as well as in the diagnosis and treatment of eye diseases affecting the retina, macula, and vitreous.
In order to become a retina specialist, a physician must complete:
- Four years of medical school
- One year as an intern
- Three years of ophthalmology training
- Two years in a surgical retina fellowship
This advanced level of education and training gives us the unique ability to diagnose and treat macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, retinal detachments, macular holes, macular pucker, and vascular occlusive diseases of the eye.
Dedicated Retina Specialists Treating a Wide Range of Retinal, Macular, and Vitreous Diseases
As dedicated retina specialists, our team has the advanced training and knowledge needed to care for serious diseases affecting the retina, macula, and vitreous. Our physicians can diagnose, manage, and treat conditions such as macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, and other serious conditions.
Our physicians and staff use advanced diagnostic tools and the latest treatment options to manage diseases such as:
Macular degeneration affects millions of Americans and is one of the leading causes of vision loss in older patients. The condition progressively destroys the macula, which can severely impair a patient's vision and make it impossible to read, drive, or see clearly. Because advanced macular degeneration can cause permanent vision loss, early diagnosis and treatment are essential.
The retina is a thin, light-sensitive tissue that lines the inside of the eye and is responsible for generating vision. When retinal tears occur, patients may see a sudden onset of floaters and flashes in their vision. Left untreated, retinal tears can lead to retinal detachment and vision loss. Fortunately, retinal tears are easily treatable with laser surgery when identified early on.
When the retina completely pulls away from the back wall of the eye, it is known as retinal detachment. Retinal detachment causes blurry vision and is a serious medical concern which should be treated immediately to avoid permanent vision loss. Our physicians can promptly diagnose retinal detachment and provide potentially vision-saving surgery.
Retinal Vein and Artery Occlusions
Retinal vein and artery occlusions are blockages that limit the amount of oxygen that is delivered to the retina, causing severe vision loss. Retinal vein and artery occlusions are often caused by small pieces of cholesterol or blood clots. During your diagnostic appointment, our physicians will conduct a variety of tests to determine what the best treatment is for your individual condition.
Another 5-Star Review from One of Our Patients
"Both me and my spouse have troubled eyes and we've had positive experiences at both the Shawnee Mission and Overland Park offices. My spouse had symptoms of an eye emergency and was seen within an hour of calling and no referral needed. Thankfully it was nothing serious but the quick short-notice appointment shows they truly care."
Schedule Your First Visit Today
Most diseases of the retina, macula, and vitreous need to be treated early to avoid serious side effects such as vision loss. If you or a loved one is experiencing any signs or symptoms that could signify eye disease, visit Retina Associates, PA, today. To request an appointment, send us a message or call our office:
Signs and Symptoms of Retinal, Macular, and Vitreous Diseases
When left untreated, many of the eye diseases treated at our practice can cause permanent vision loss. We recommend that you schedule an appointment as soon as you notice any of these symptoms:
- Blurry vision
- Distorted visual field
- Difficulty focusing on objects
- Difficulty adjusting when changing from light to dark environments
- Sensitivity to light
- Need for brighter lighting when performing day-to-day activities
- Poor depth perception
- Sudden onset of flashes and floaters
- Reduced peripheral vision
- Shadows in your visual field
- Pain or pressure within the eye
- Tunnel vision
- Partial or full loss of vision
Many symptoms can occur suddenly and without pain. When in doubt, schedule a consultation at any of our offices in the Greater Kansas City area and the neighboring communities.
For Referring Doctors
As a referring doctor, you are an important part of our practice. When you refer your patient to Retina Associates, PA, you remain an active participant in the eye care of your patient from start to finish. If you are a referring doctor, our retina specialists will work closely with your practice and keep you informed at every step.
To meet the needs of your patient in a timely manner, we offer same-day appointments for urgent and emergency referrals.
If you need to make a referral, contact any of our Retina Associates, PA locations:
- Shawnee Mission Office 913-831-7400
- Overland Park Office 913-831-7400
- Kansas City Briarcliff Office 816-505-3400
- Topeka Office 785-271-2200
- Sedalia Office 660-851-0492
- Lee's Summit Office 816-246-7400
- Toll-Free Number: 1-877-273-8462
Before You Visit Us
All new patients at our practice serving the Greater Kansas City area and neighboring communities, are required to fill out medical history forms, demographic forms, and privacy notices prior to their first appointment. By filling out your forms prior to your appointment, you can ensure the most efficient and productive visit possible.
We also encourage you to bring a family member or loved one with you to your appointment. Since our retina specialists will share a lot of information about your condition and treatment options with you, many patients find it helpful to bring a friend or loved one who can help them absorb the broad amount of information. If we are dilating your eyes as part of your examination, you will also need a trusted person to drive you home from your appointment.
What to Expect during Your First Visit
One of our retina specialists will complete a full examination and conduct a series of tests. During your evaluation, we may dilate your pupils and use special tools to check your eye for issues.
If necessary, we will conduct treatment on the same day of your appointment.
If your condition requires long-term management, our retina specialists will provide the care you need to ensure your lifelong eye health.
"The Miracles Performed at Retina Associates Are Amazing"
Absolutely the best care especially for diabetics who may unfortunately suffer from diabetic retinopathy. Dr. Cohen made it possible for me to see again and you cannot put a price on that. They will work with you on payment. Everyone is genuinely concerned for your health and wellbeing. The miracles performed at Retina Associates are amazing. Thank you
Dr Suiter restored the vision in my eye after a bleed. I cannot speak highly enough of his and the staff's care and consideration. The waiting room is comfortable, and all staff members including Dr Suiter were always willing to take the time to explain steps in the process and give me time to ask questions. That willingness probably adds to the wait time, but I'd rather that than a Dr's office that runs on time but gives you exactly the scheduled time and no more. My mother also went to Retina Associates for cataracts and also has nothing but praise for the consideration for her multiple health issues in all appointments and the surgery itself.