Retina Specialist

Retinal Ambulatory Surgery Center of New York

Eye Surgery Center located in Upper East Side, New York, NY

The retina is an important structure that’s essential for eyesight, but it’s also vulnerable to diseases and disorders. Ophthalmologist and retina specialist Ben Z. Cohen, MD, and the team at the Retinal Ambulatory Surgery Center of New York diagnose and treat the full range of retina disorders at their state-of-the-art facility in Manhattan’s Upper East Side. For the most advanced retina treatments available, call the office today.

Retina Q & A

What is a retina?

The retina is a layer of tissue that lines the back of the inner wall of your eye. The retina contains millions of nerve cells that sense light and send signals to your brain through the optic nerve. This process allows you to see.  

What are common retinal disorders?

The team at the Retinal Ambulatory Surgery Center of New York treats the full spectrum of retinal disorders, including:

Retinal detachment

Retinal detachment occurs when the clear, gel-like substance in your eye (vitreous) pulls away from the retina and creates a tear or small holes. Fluid may build up beneath these tears and cause the retina to move out of place. The team at Retinal Ambulatory Surgery Center of New York offers a variety of treatment options for retinal detachment.

Macular holes, cysts, and pucker

Increasing age is the most common cause of a macular hole, but eye injuries may also lead to this condition. Your eye is filled with a gel-like substance called vitreous. As you age, the vitreous begins to shrink and pull away from the retina. This may cause it to tear and create a hole. Arduous head down positioning is now mostly avoidable or shortened with modern microsurgery.

A macular pucker occurs when scar tissue forms where the retina meets the vitreous gel in the macula, which is the greater center area of the retina.

Complications of cataract surgery

Inadvertently a dropped nucleus may occur during cataract surgery. This is a common complication that’s unavoidable but can be mitigated with vitreous microsurgery to avoid loss of vision.

Vitreous disorders resulting in inflammation may occur from cataract surgery. They can be remedied with vitreous microsurgery.

A dislocated intraocular lens may also result during or long after cataract surgery. The problem is commonly repaired at Retinal Ambulatory Surgery Center using a suture technique.

How are retinal disorders treated?

Treatment for retinal disorders depends on the specific type of problem you have and the severity of your condition. The highly trained surgeons at Retinal Ambulatory Surgery Center of New York utilize the most innovative technologies and advanced procedures.

Depending on your needs, treatment of retinal detachment may include:

  • Pneumoretinopexy to avoid actual retinal surgery in selected cases
  • Vitrectomy to treat retinal detachment with endolaser and possibly gas or silicone oil.
  • Scleral buckle

The team at the Retinal Ambulatory Surgery Center of New York strives to accommodate your particular needs to ensure the best possible experience. To learn more, call the office today at 212-772-6830.


Retinal Ambulatory Surgery Center of New York
138 E 80th St
Upper East Side

New York, NY 10075
Phone: 212-772-6830
Fax: 212-772-6883

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