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We continue to closely monitor the situation surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic and are following the published recommendations of the CDC and the American Academy of Ophthalmology. We will continue to see our patients and treat any urgent/emergent needs.

With all of our offices open, the following protocols are in place:

1) We have greatly expanded measures to disinfect our office including cleaning between each patient appointment.

2) To limit any potential exposure, we ask you NOT to bring any non-essential person(s) with you to the appointment.

3) If someone must accompany you to your appointment, we ask that they do not enter the office, if at all possible.

4) If you have an upcoming appointment and identify with the following statements, please do not come directly to the office, but instead call us:

• Fever greater than 100.4

• Respiratory symptoms or difficulty breathing

• Exposed to someone with COVID-19 in the past 14 days

• Placed in self/hospital quarantine by medical doctor

 Your health and that of our staff is our guiding priority and we continue to update our protocol to ensure safety for everyone. If you have questions regarding these evolving protocols, please contact our office.

Preserve Your Eye Health Throughout Your Senior Years By Retina Associates, P.A. on June 14, 2016

Senior male at an eye examOne of the greatest frustrations of aging is that the body often seems to age much faster than the mind. Many seniors find themselves facing physical ailments despite the fact that they continue to feel young at heart. At Retina Associates, PA our eye doctors are dedicated to providing quality eye care for seniors that allow our Shawnee Mission, KS patients to continue to enjoy healthy eyes and clear eyesight as they age. Retinal conditions threaten the health and function of the eyes and are, unfortunately, a common problem for senior patients. However, our doctors provide testing, diagnosis, and treatment for retinal conditions so that eye health does not have to be a source of concern.

Retinal Concerns for Seniors

Retinal conditions can affect patients of all ages, but seniors are at an increased risk of developing conditions that compromise eye health. Additionally, there are retinal conditions that are specific to seniors. Our eye doctors are able to diagnose these conditions so that patients can receive the care that is necessary to restore the health and function of the eyes. Below are some of the retinal conditions that can be addressed at our eye care clinic:

  • Age-related macular degeneration: Age-related macular degeneration (or AMD) is one of the leading causes of blindness in patients aged 60 or older. The risk of this progressive condition increases as a patient ages. With early treatment, AMD can be treated so that a patient’s vision can be preserved.
  • Retinal tears or detachment: The inside of the eyes is lined with light-sensitive tissues known as the retina. These tissues send messages through the optic nerve that allow images to be processed. If the retina becomes torn or detached, a patient’s vision will suffer. Patients over the age of 50 are at an increased risk of retinal tears and retinal detachment.
  • Retinal vein occlusion: Retinal vein occlusion, or RVO, describes a blockage of the nerves that are responsible for carrying blood out of the eye and moving it toward the heart. This condition causes swelling of the macula and can lead to blurry vision, or even blindness. RVO usually occurs because the arteries have hardened or become blocked, making it a common concern for patients over the age of 60.

The Importance of Early Diagnosis

Most retinal conditions can be treated so that vision is not permanently compromised. However, early diagnosis and treatment is key to the preservation of vision. There are two important steps a patient can take to ensure that retinal conditions and other eye diseases are treated right away. The first is to maintain a regular schedule of comprehensive eye exams. These eye exams allow our doctors to get a comprehensive look at all the layers of eyes. The second step a patient can take is to report any changes in vision or any other unusual side effects (such as flashes or floaters) to our eye doctors right away so that an exam can be scheduled.

Schedule an Appointment

If you are a senior who is concerned about eye health or vision, professional eye care is of vital importance. To learn more about our comprehensive range of eye care services for seniors at Retina Associates, PA schedule an appointment with one of our experienced eye doctors at your earliest convenience.

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Retina Associates, LLC

Retina Associates, LLC is an advanced medical practice devoted to the diagnosis and treatment of retinal, macular, and vitreous diseases. Together, our eye care physicians belong to various prestigious organizations: 

  • American Board of Ophthalmology
  • American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology
  • American College of Surgeons
  • American Society of Retina Specialists

Our mission is to help every patient preserve or restore their sight through our advanced treatment options. To discuss your needs with one of our doctors, request an appointment online or call us at (913) 831-7400.

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