Coronavirus (COVID-19) Statement

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.

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Retinal Tear

Are you experiencing partial vision loss, blurry vision, random flashes of light, and other types of vision distortions?

You may have a retinal tear that requires immediate medical treatment. 

Retinal Associates, LLC physicians in the Kansas City and Shawnee Mission, KS, area can treat retinal tears and prevent vision loss.

Retinal Tears Require Immediate Medical Attention

If you're experiencing vision problems and think you may have a retinal tear, contact our office as soon as possible to request a consultation. If left untreated, retinal tears can lead to retinal detachment and permanent vision loss. Request a consultation at one of our greater Kansas City area offices for treatment.

5-Star Patient Reviews From Shawnee Mission, Overland Park, and the Kansas City, KS, Area

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Katie Gray

2021

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I was referred to Retina Associates because of some vision problems. I went to the Overland Park location to see Dr. Savage. It was probably the best care I've had! They were quick and efficient and explained every step to me. I now have to go regularly for shots in my eye and everyone makes the experience so much more comfortable considering I have a weird fear of anything being near my eyes. Dr. Savage is amazing! So is the whole team!

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Kyle Harper

2020

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The negative reviews here seem quite contrary to my experience. 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.

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What Is a Retinal Tear?

A retinal tear is a small break in the inner lining of your eye. Your retina can tear before it detaches completely. Retinal detachment and tears are a severe medical emergency and should be treated immediately to prevent further damage to the retinal area. 

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Prompt surgery at our Lenexa office or satellite locations in Overland Park, Shawnee Mission, and greater Kansas City, KS, can help restore the torn retina to its proper position.

What Causes Retinal Tears?

Tears in the retina are most often caused by a clear gel-like fluid called vitreous tugging on the retina. Vitreous fills the back of the eye, lined by the retina. At birth, the vitreous is attached to the retina but separates with age, a natural condition known as posterior vitreous detachment (PVD).

This separation doesn't cause a problem for most people, but for some, retinal detachment or a tear can occur from the process of PVD. When the vitreous gel clings to the retina, the separation may cause a tear. 

Retinal Tear vs. Retinal Detachment

For some patients, their retina will tear before it detaches completely. Retinal holes can also occur. A retinal tear isn't as severe as retinal detachment, but the tear should be treated immediately to prevent progression into retinal detachment. Both retinal tears and retinal detachment have similar symptoms and can result in permanent vision loss.

Do You Have a Retinal Tear? Request an Appointment Right Away

If you have signs that indicate a retinal tear, you should seek medical help right away. The physicians at Retina Associates, LLC actively participate in ocular research and stay up to date on the most current medical findings. Our team is affiliated with numerous prestigious organizations, including:

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

Our physicians are highly trained and specialized in addressing your unique medical concerns to preserve your eye health. Contact our practice to request a consultation at one of our Kansas offices. We have locations in Lenexa, Overland Park, Shawnee Mission, and the greater Kansas City, KS, area:

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(913) 831-7400

More 5-Star Patient Reviews From Shawnee Mission, Overland Park,
and our Surrounding Kansas City, KS Offices

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Paul French

2019

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Absolutely wonderful, Dr. Batlle was simply the nicest

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Steve McMahon

2018

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I have received excellent care there by Dr Singh.

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The Danger of Ignoring a Retinal Tear

Retinal Detachment

If a retinal tear is not treated immediately, it can progress to retinal detachment, which has a higher chance of blindness. 

Complete Vision Loss

If ignored for too long, even surgery won't be able to correct the problem. Blindness can result from a lack of treatment. 

Retinal Tear Risk Factors

While anyone can develop a retinal tear, certain people are more likely to develop the condition than others. Risk factors include:

Advanced age

Degree of myopia (nearsightedness)

Associated lattice degeneration

Trauma

Family history of retinal detachment or tears 

Prior eye surgery

How to Prevent
Retinal Tears

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Retinal tears are often caused by natural aging, leaving no way to prevent it. However, some people experience retinal detachment and tears due to accidents and physical trauma. When engaging in physical, high-risk activities, you can prevent trauma-induced retinal tears by protecting your eyes with safety goggles or protective eye gear. 

Diagnosing a Retinal Tear

The first step in diagnosing a retinal tear is scheduling an eye exam with our doctors. During your exam, the doctor may use the following techniques to view and diagnose your retinal condition:

Retinal Exam

Often doctors can detect a retinal tear from a simple retinal exam. The doctor will use a device that allows them to see the back of the eye to diagnose any tears, holes, or detachment the retina has. 

Ultrasound Imaging

If bleeding is present in the eye, the retina may be more challenging to view in-depth and clearly. In this case, ultrasound imaging can be used to see the retina without the obstruction of blood. 

Follow-Up Diagnosis

If the vitreous has begun to separate but no tear is present, the doctor may recommend you join us for another appointment in a few weeks to check up on the state of your eye.

Check Both Eyes

Even if you arrive with symptoms only in one eye, our doctors will check both of your eyes to see if a retinal tear is present or if there's a chance of a delayed retinal tear.

Picking the Right Treatment

The doctors at Retina Associates will act quickly to attach the torn retinal tissue to the back of the eye. The exact treatment our doctors will use will depend on the extent and nature of the tear and how the issue can best be resolved to prevent further loss of vision.

Since a torn retina increases the risk of retinal detachment, our doctors may suggest additional treatment, which may include replacing the vitreous gel through a vitrectomy.

All of our offices in the greater Kansas City, KS, area can address your immediate eye care concerns while looking ahead to protect your eyesight in the future.

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We Can Help Request an Appointment

Vision problems can make you uncertain about what's causing the problem and unsure how to solve it. Our doctors are highly trained and board-certified to diagnose and treat your retinal condition. Don't let the problem progress. Fix it with a visit to our office. Call to request a consultation at one of our greater Kansas City offices:

(913) 831-7400

The Cost of Treatment

Retinal tears are medically necessary procedures that need to be treated with immediate intervention. Without treatment, retinal tears can result in permanent vision loss, so don't let money be the reason you go untreated. Our office accepts insurance and financing to make getting treatment not a choice but a necessity. 

Insurance

Retinal tear surgery is never an elective procedure, which means it is covered by insurance. Our office wants you to receive treatment immediately, which is why we accept most insurance providers.

Financing

If you don't have medical insurance, our office accepts CareCredit® financing to split the cost of treatment into monthly installments with no interest or a low interest fee.

"I have my vision." 5-Star Reviews From Greater Kansas City Patients

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Dan Garrison

2022

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I had never even heard of a retinal detachment until it happened to me. The staff is amazing. The Dr. isn’t overly conversational, but he’s polite and answers your questions. And more importantly, he’s skilled. My eye was repaired and recovery has proceeded as well as could be anticipated. I have my vision. I have complete confidence in the team at Retina Associates.

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Charles Pearce

2022

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It has been about 20 years, but after three retina detachments over a period of about 90 days, Dr. Dyer took over on the third one and, essentially, redid everything the previous surgeon had done, but better. After that, I had a series of follow-up appointments with him and some additional surgeries to "clean up" after the "big one" as I call it, and Dr. Dyer was always easy to talk to, never appeared to be in a rush, and spent time going over everything both before and after. 

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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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