New Treatment for Macular holes

Recent approval of Jetrea (Ocriplasmin) to treat symptomatic VMA (Vitreo Macular Adhesion) has opened up a new era in non surgical management of macular holes. Previously only a hospital based surgery was able to reverse the process of macular hole development but now a new drug can be injected into the eye painlessly in the office and within a few weeks the process reverses back to more normal vision levels....  more

FDA Approves ASRS Leader's ArgusŪ II Artificial Retina

On February 14, the FDA approved the Argus II artificial retina developed by ASRS Executive Committee and Board Member Mark S. Humayun, MD, PhD.

This breakthrough technology is the first ever to offer limited vision to patients with late-stage retinitis pigmentosa (RP).

 Second Sight Medical Products (Sylmar, CA) manufactures the Argus II implant, which has 60 electrodes and a tiny camera mounted on eyeglasses to capture images.

 The FDA approved Argus II for adults age 25 years or older with severe to profound RP. About 10,000 to 15,000 of the 100,000 Americans with RP will qualify for Argus II. Up to 4,000 patients a year can be treated with the device.

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Macular degeneration and Aspirin?

Aspirin and Macular degeneration... is there an increase in the wet form of macular degeneration in those patients taking aspirin? The wet form develops quicker than the dry form. It may only be related to the fact that you are more likely to take aspirin if you have medical problems like stroke or heart attacks in the past and these conditions are more commonly associated with wet age related macular degeneration. ...  more

In An Emergency


Helping you care for and manage vitreo-retinal diseases and protect your eyesight is at the heart of our commitment to you as our patient.  If you are having an eye emergency, please do not hesitate to call our office at (252) 758-2402 and notify our staff immediately so that your physician can be alerted.  After hours the above phone number should be answered by the answering service who should call the physician on call. In the event that you cannot reach us or your emergency is of a more medical nature, please call 911 or have someone trustworthy drive you to the nearest emergency room.

Vidant Hospital Emergency room Main #: 252-847-1985
Vidant Hospital Emergency room Triage Nurse #: 252-847-5319
Med Direct (minor ER): 252-847-0100