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

Our Practice


Our Mission

East Carolina Retina Consultants, as the premier retina and vitreous surgical and medical practice in Eastern North Carolina and the Southeastern United States, strives daily to provide unparalleled patient care through the research and execution of modern and effective procedures by a highly-skilled staff committed to establishing a mutual trust and rapport with each patient. Read More

Our Physician


Dr. Peter A. Van Houten, M.D.

As the owner and founding physician of East Carolina Retina Consultants, Dr. Van Houten possesses a strong desire to provide comfort and relief to patients as well as a keen commitment to continuing his education in the field of retina and vitreous care. Read More


Nurses & Staff

Standing steadfastly behind the physicians of East Carolina Retina Consultants are the dedicated nurses and staff members that keep day-to-day operations running smoothly and act as a liaison between the physicians and each patient. Read More


Practice Location

East Carolina Retina Consultants is located in Greenville, NC, just a short drive (or walk) from the Vidant Health Systems Hospital that serves the region. Read More