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 Vein and Artery Occlusion

Are you suffering from blurred vision or blind spots? Are you having unexplained pain or pressure in one of your eyes?

Retinal vein occlusion and retinal artery occlusion block the flow of blood to and from your retina, and can lead to permanent vision loss.

Our experienced ophthalmologists serving Shawnee Mission, KS, can diagnose and treat your occlusion to protect your vision.

We Provide Emergency Care

If you are experiencing changes in vision such as blind spots or eye pain, get in touch with us now. We will do everything we can to arrange for you to meet with an ophthalmologist who can provide the prompt diagnosis and treatment you need.

Call Now: 913-831-7400

The Symptoms Of Retinal Artery and Retinal Vein Occlusion

The symptoms of a retinal vein and retinal artery occlusion are similar. However, the symptoms of central retinal artery occlusion occur suddenly and require immediate treatment.

Contact our Lenexa, KS office serving Shawnee Mission right away if you have any of the following symptoms:

Blurred Vision or Blind Spots

An occlusion could cause blurry, distorted, or lost vision in a single part of your visual field, or your entire visual field.

Dark Spots

Seeing dark spots or floating lines is also a common symptom of artery and vein occlusions.

Eye Pain

Eye pain or pressure is a common symptom in retinal vein occlusion, but not retinal artery occlusion.

Retinal Complications Are Urgent Get In Touch With Us Today

Retinal diseases need to be treated as quickly as possible because they can lead to permanent vision loss. All our doctors at our Shawnee Mission-area office are board-certified and specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of retinal conditions. They use the very latest diagnostic and treatment innovations, and continue their education by staying involved in research to advance the treatment of the retina, macula, and vitreous.

Do not wait to seek treatment if you are having symptoms of retinal disease. Scheduling an appointment could prevent you from permanently losing your vision.

Contact our Lenexa, KS, practice serving Shawnee Mission today to request your appointment.

913-831-7400

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Shawnee Mission Chooses Us For Their Retinal Treatment

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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...

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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...

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The Diagnostic Process

You should contact our medical professionals serving the Shawnee Mission area immediately if you have experienced sudden vision loss or other changes in vision. Central retinal artery and central retinal vein occlusion can lead to sudden and permanent vision loss if not treated as soon as symptoms appear. When you meet with our ophthalmologists, you can expect:

Medical History Review

Your doctor will review your full medical history so they will know if you are at a higher risk for developing one of these retinal conditions. 

Dilation

Your doctor will apply eye drops to dilate your pupils and check your retina for signs of any blockage.

Tests

Your doctor may require additional tests such as fluorescein angiography (use of special dye and a camera to examine the retinal veins and arteries) or optical coherence tomography (taking digital cross-section images of the retina) to further examine the condition of your retina.

Retinal Vein Occlusion Treatment

Unfortunately, there is no cure for retinal vein occlusion. However, there are treatments that can help protect your vision and reduce any side effects or complications from the disease.
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Injections

Your doctor could choose to use an anti-vascular endothelial growth factor injection. This injection helps ease the swelling by stopping or slowing the blood vessels from leaking or new blood vessels from forming. Steroid injections can also be used to help alleviate the swelling. A local anesthetic is applied before the injections so there is minimal discomfort.

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Focal Laser Therapy

If the vein occlusion is causing fluid to build up in the macula (center of the retina), this laser therapy can cauterize the blood vessels in the back of your eye to keep them from leaking. This will reduce swelling and any pain associated with retinal vein occlusion. Since there are no pain receptors in the retina, you should feel no discomfort during this treatment.

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Laser Surgery

If you have started to form new blood vessels, this surgery can help prevent new ones from forming by making tiny burns along the retina. 

Retinal Artery Occlusion Treatments Timing Is Everything

Treatment for retinal artery occlusion must be given within a few hours of the onset of symptoms. When given in a timely manner, these treatments can help to restore your vision:

Inhalation

Inhaling a mixture of carbon dioxide and oxygen causes the arteries to dilate and helps to release the occlusion.

Fluid Removal

Your doctor may be able to remove some of the fluid to help the clot move past your retina.

Medication

A clot-busting drug can be used to help remove the block and alleviate your symptoms.

Insurance Will Cover Retinal Procedures Don't Delay Treatment 

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Your medical insurance will contribute to the cost of treatment we provide at our practice serving Shawnee Mission, KS. Our staff will gladly work with your provider to secure the maximum coverage.

More 5-Star Reviews For Our Lenexa, KS, Practice

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Thomas Schnackenberg

2018

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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

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Dorothy Horn

2021

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... I have recommended Dr. Singh and Retina Associates to everyone who asked for an ophthalmologist recommendation, including two of my brothers.  Dr. Singh is attentive and empathetic; he explains both treatment and condition in a way I am able to comprehend. I get a shot in my eye almost every visit and Dr. Singh is gentle, so gentle, I rarely feel when he administers the shot.  His team is also amazing - friendly, fun, and efficient...

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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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