Our Retina Center is led by Steven Virata, MD, FACS. His team specializes in medical and surgical management of diseases and disorders of the vitreous and retina. The Retina Center helps make The Williamson Eye Institute one of the premiere places to receive exceptional eye care in Indiana.
In addition to providing expert care for more common disorders such as diabetic retinopathy, retinal detachments, macular holes and age-related macular degeneration, we provide state-of-the-art diagnosis and therapy for many complex diseases. Our practice is continually evolving to provide you with the latest treatments available.
The retina is the nervous tissue that lines the back surface of the eye and sends visual images to the brain. It can be compared to the film in a camera. If you think of the eye as a camera receiving images, then the retina is the film on which those images are recorded The central portion of the retina–the macula–is responsible for reading vision. The cavity of the eye is filled with a clear gel called the vitreous.
There are two types of photoreceptor cells in the retina: cone cells and rod cells. Cone cells are concentrated in the center of the retina (called the macula), and are responsible for central and color vision. Rod cells are outside the macula and are required for peripheral vision and for night vision. Both cone and rod cells convert light into electrical impulses which travel through several types of nerve cells to the optic nerve, which then carries the signal to the brain, where “seeing” actually occurs.
Dr. Virata provides consultation and/or treatment for the following conditions:
- Central Serous Retinopathy
- Diabetic Retinopathy
- Ischemic Optic Neuropathy
- Macular Degeneration
- Macular Holes
- Ocular Histplasmosis
- Ocular Toxoplasmosis
- Optic Neuritis
- Retinal Artery Occlusions
- Retinal Tears and Detachment
- Retinal Vein Occlusions
- Retinitis Pigmentosa
- Vitreous Detachment and Floaters
- Vitreomacular Traction
We utilize various diagnostic tests using the latest in technology to appropriately examine and diagnose a patient’s retinal condition.
- Fluorescein Angiography: This test uses a special camera to take pictures of the back of your eye. Photos are taken after a water-soluble, fluorescent dye is injected into your arm.
- Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT): This test in a non-invasive procedure used for imaging the retina. This instrument allows doctors to see cross-sectional images of the retina using optical backscattering of light to take a rapid series of images.
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If You Are Not A Patient of Dr. Virata
- Due time and medico-legal constraints, Dr. Virata may not be able to reply to all email or phone inquiries.
- Any replies from Dr. Virata will be limited to general medical advice because a comprehensive dilated eye examination is critical to ophthalmologic diagnosis.