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The retina is a vital layer of tissue located at the back of the eye. It consists of light-sensitive cells that capture visual images and transmit them to the brain through the optic nerve, enabling vision. The retina converts light into electrical signals, which are then processed by the brain to create the images we see.

Retina surgery, also known as vitreoretinal surgery, involves procedures that target conditions affecting the retina, macula, and vitreous gel within the eye. These surgeries are often delicate and intricate.

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What is retina surgery?
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What is retina surgery?

Retina surgery, also known as vitreoretinal surgery, is a specialized branch of ophthalmology that focuses on the diagnosis and surgical treatment of conditions affecting the retina, macula, and vitreous humor (the gel-like substance within the eye).

What are common reasons for undergoing retina surgery?

Common reasons for retina surgery include:

  • Retinal detachment
  • Macular holes
  • Epiretinal membranes
  • Diabetic retinopathy
  • Age-related macular degeneration (in some cases)
  • Retinal vein occlusions

Who performs retina surgery?

Retina surgery is performed by ophthalmologists who have received specialized training in vitreoretinal surgery. These specialists have expertise in diagnosing and surgically treating complex retinal conditions.

What is a RETINA Surgery?

Retina surgery, also known as vitreoretinal surgery, is a specialized branch of ophthalmology focused on treating disorders of the retina, macula, and vitreous humor (the gel-like substance inside the eye).

The retina is a crucial part of the eye responsible for converting light into neural signals that are transmitted to the brain, allowing us to perceive visual information.

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A Modern Approach
Retina Surgery

Surgical Techniques:

  • Vitrectomy: This is the most common type of retina surgery. It involves removing the vitreous humor (the gel-like substance in the eye) and replacing it with a clear solution. This allows the surgeon to access and repair retinal issues.

  • Scleral Buckle: This technique involves the placement of a silicone band around the eye to gently push the wall of the eye against the detached retina, helping to reattach it.

  • Pneumatic Retinopexy: A small gas bubble is injected into the eye to push the detached retina back into place. This is often combined with laser or freezing therapy.

  • Laser Photocoagulation: This involves using a laser to seal or destroy abnormal blood vessels or repair retinal tears.

  • Cryopexy: Freezing therapy is used to seal retinal tears.

  • Subretinal Surgery: In some cases, surgery may be performed beneath the retina to address specific conditions.

What is “Advanced”
Retina Surgery?

Innovative Treatments:

  • Intravitreal Injections: These are injections of medications directly into the vitreous humor of the eye. They are commonly used to treat conditions like age-related macular degeneration (AMD), diabetic retinopathy, and retinal vein occlusions.

  • Vitrectomy: This surgical procedure involves the removal of the vitreous gel from the eye. It’s used in cases of severe retinal detachment, macular holes, and other complex retinal conditions.

  • Retinal Laser Therapy: Advanced laser systems can precisely target and treat specific areas of the retina, often used in cases of diabetic retinopathy and retinal tears.

  • Retinal Implants and Prosthetics: Emerging technologies aim to restore vision in individuals with severe retinal degenerative conditions like retinitis pigmentosa.

  • Gene Therapy: Experimental therapies that aim to correct genetic mutations causing certain retinal diseases.

  • Anti-VEGF Therapies: These medications target vascular endothelial growth factor, a protein that contributes to abnormal blood vessel growth in conditions like wet age-related macular degeneration.

  • Intraocular Steroid Implants: Sustained-release implants can provide long-term control of inflammation in conditions like uveitis.


Dr. Peter Lombard is a board-certified ophthalmologist


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Dr. Lombard has the knowledge and technical skills to make sure the delicate area around your eyes are protected while being operated on.


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Surgery is not the only option offered at Dr. Lombard's practice. Injectables, such as Botox.


Intraocular Lens

The ability to preselect patients for the procedures ensures an excellent and predictable surgical outcome.


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Affordable Care

We are happy to offer ophthalmology services to men and women in Guam.


Financing Options

Most Cosmetic Plastic Surgery is not covered by insurance. For your convenience, we accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover cards.


Personalized Attention

our intention is to help you achieve a realistic goal and improve your overall appearance.

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