Pediatric Retinal Diseases and Systemic Cancer and the Eye

Dr William Deegan recently spoke to the National Capital Region Federal Optometric Society (NCRFOS) on Friday April 8 at the Navy Yards.  The NCRFOS represents active duty optometrists in the National Capital Region. He spoke on  Pediatric Retinal Diseases and Systemic Cancer and the Eye.

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Retinal Eye Exams in Chevy Chase

Chevy Chase retina care

Retinal eye exams in Chevy Chase

Retinal eye exams in Chevy Chase

It is very easy to take our great eyesight for granted — that is until something goes wrong. When you are faced with a serious eye problem it can be an upsetting and nerve-racking experience. One of the best ways to avoid eye problems is to have periodic eye exams. When you need the very best eye care, including retinal eye exams in Chevy Chase, you will want to see one of our fine ophthalmologists at our eye practice, The Retina Group of Washington.

When you come in for retinal eye exams in Chevy Chase you will be seen by one of our outstanding Chevy Chase eye doctors. Our ophthalmologists at this location are: Dr. Daniel M. Berinstein; Dr. William F. Deegan III; Dr. T. Mark Johnson; Dr. Michael M. Lai; Dr. Richard A. Garfinkel; Dr. Robert P. Murphy; Dr. Gayatri S. Reilly; and Dr. Reginald J. Sanders. Whether you need a comprehensive eye exam or the most advanced retinal eye care or surgery, you can do no better than to visit us at The Retina Group of Washington. Our eye care practice has 26 eye doctors on staff located in various offices throughout the greater Washington DC area. When you are seen by one of our eye doctors you are in effect benefiting from all of our eye doctors’ expertise. Many of our doctors have their own diverse specialties, and doctors often consult with one another when they want to discuss a specific case with a colleague, or specific retinal test results.

At our eye care practice we are able to perform many different eye tests. We are able to perform the latest diagnostic tests so that our patients can be completely and accurately diagnosed. When you come to our eye care practice for diagnosis of your retinal condition you can be 100% confident that your condition is being thoroughly and accurately diagnosed and that the subsequent care you receive is based on state-of-the-art knowledge and procedures. Among the retinal eye exams in Chevy Chase that are performed at our practice are: B-scan ultrasonography; optical coherence tomography (OCT); digital high-speed indocyanine Green angiography; fluorescein angiography; and digital fungus photography. We also offer state-of-the-art treatments at our locations. Should you need retinal surgery it is good to know that our ophthalmologic surgeons have privileges in all major area hospitals. If you are in need of a retinal eye exam, simply contact our practice for an appointment.

5454 Wisconsin Ave, Suite 650
Chevy Chase, MD 20815
(301) 656-8100

SPECTRI Trial in Chevy Chase

“ Dr. Richard Garfinkle presented the protocol of the ongoing SPECTRI trial to eye specialists in Northern Virginia.  SPECTRI is an ongoing clinical trial examining the role of lampalizumab for the treatment of geographic atrophy in macular degeneration.  This represents the first major, interventional trial in dry macular degeneration.  The Retina Group of Washington is the only practice in the DC metropolitan area participating in this pivotal, cutting-edge trial. “



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New York Times – Ask Well: Floaters in the Eye

What causes floaters in the eye?

Floaters, those small dots or cobweb-shaped patches that move or “float” through the field of vision, can be alarming. Though many are harmless, if you develop a new floater, “you need to be seen pretty quickly” by an eye doctor in order to rule out a retinal tear or detachment, said Dr. Rebecca Taylor, a spokeswoman for the American Academy of Ophthalmology.

Floaters are caused by clumping of the vitreous humor, the gel-like fluid that fills the inside of the eye. Normally, the vitreous gel is anchored to the back of the eye. But as you age, it tends to thin out and may shrink and pull away from the inside surface of the eye, causing clumps or strands of connective tissue to become lodged in the jelly, much as “strands of thread fray when a button comes off on your coat,” Dr. Taylor said. The strands or clumps cast shadows on the retina, appearing as specks, dots, clouds or spider webs in your field of vision.

Such changes may occur at younger ages, too, particularly if you are nearsighted or have had a head injury or eye surgery. There is no treatment for floaters, though they usually fade with time.

But it’s still important to see a doctor if new floaters arise because the detaching vitreous gel can pull on the retina, causing it to tear, which can lead to retinal detachment, a serious condition. The pulling or tugging on the retina may be perceived as lightning-like flashes, “like a strobe light off to the side of your vision,” Dr. Taylor said.

See an eye doctor within 24 to 48 hours if you have a new floater, experience a sudden “storm” of floaters, see a gray curtain or shadow move across your field of vision, or have a sudden decrease in vision.

To learn more please call one of our ophthalmologists in Chevy Chase at (301) 656-8100.

Rabin, Roni Caryn. “Ask Well: Floaters in the Eye.” Well Ask Well Floaters in the Eye Comments. New York TImes, 5 Feb. 2016. Web. 11 Feb. 2016.


RGW Selects Modernizing Medicine, Inc., for EMA

Modernizing Medicine, Inc., the creator of the Electronic Medical Assistant® (EMA™), a cloud-based, iPad native, specialty-specific electronic medical record (EMR) system, announced today that The Retina Group of Washington has selected EMA Ophthalmology to replace its legacy EMR solution. Use of the highly specialized EMR system will help streamline physician workflows and improve patient care across the entire practice.
With 26 physicians working across 14 offices, The Retina Group of Washington is one of the largest and most highly respected retinal and macular practices in the country. The Retina Group of Washington is well known for its extensive experience and sub-specialty expertise of its leading physicians and surgeons. Deeply committed to the advancement of care, the group is constantly conducting cutting-edge research and administers a Fellowship program to train future ophthalmologists.
“As one of the leading retinal practices in the country, we constantly look for ways to make our physicians’ lives easier and improve care,” said Dr. Michael Rivers, current Board member at The Retina Group of Washington and head of their EMR system selection committee.
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Macular Degeneration in Chevy Chase

Dr. Richard Garfinkle presented a talk titled “Age-Related Macular Degeneration:  New strategies for minimizing and managing vision loss.”  at the Chevy Chase Village Center as part of the “Chevy Chase at Home” community group.

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Rare Presentation of Endophthalmitis

Dr. Reilly and Dr. Garfinkle published a paper in the journal Ophthalmic Surgery and Lasers reporting an atypical presentation of endophthalmitis in a patient having undergone previous vitrectomy surgery.  Endophthalmitis is a rare but potentially devastating infection that can occur after ocular surgery.  Reporting findings in an atypical case helps other practitioners recognize this condition at an earlier stage allowing for earlier diagnosis and treatment.


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