Retinal Care

A healthy retina brings color and detail to your vision, so it’s important to seek specialized care. Retina specialists most commonly address macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, and retinal tears or detachments. Because there are many other retinal conditions, seeing our expert team in Sioux Falls is critical to protecting your vision.

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Retinal Conditions

Due to being a very delicate part of the eye that serves such an important function to your vision, the best care of the retina requires the expertise of an ophthalmologist who specializes in it. There are a wide range of conditions that can affect the retina.

The symptoms, causes, and treatments for each condition vary, but rest assured, your ophthalmologist will tailor a treatment plan to your specific case. Like many conditions, early intervention is crucial for successful treatment.

Diabetic Retinopathy

Patients who have diabetes can also experience progressive damage to the blood vessels in the retina. If your diabetes is uncontrolled, it can lead to serious vision complications. This is why an annual eye exam with your local optometrist is so important.

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Flashes & Floaters

Floaters are common for those age 65 and older. They are the result of the vitreous (a gel-like substance inside the eye) liquifying. Other disturbances in vision, like shapes or sharp bursts of light, are caused by shrinking vitreous, which can be a sign of another more serious condition.

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Retinal Tear & Detachment

The gel inside your eye may pull away from the retina, causing a tear. Tears can lead to detachments, which are caused by other factors such as abnormal blood vessel growth. Retinal tears and detachments are emergencies that require immediate attention.

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Macular Degeneration

The macula is the center of the retina. As you age, it can become damaged and affect your central vision. If you have a family history of macular degeneration, it is especially important to be screened by your local eye doctor, who may refer you to a retina specialist.

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Retinal Artery Occlusion

An occlusion happens when either the central or branch arteries that nourish the retina are blocked, preventing oxygen and nutrients from being delivered. The severity of the blockage determines how much vision is lost.

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Retinal Vein Occlusion

Retinal vein occlusion is a full or partial blockage of the veins in the retina. This condition can affect the central vein or one of the smaller veins that branches off from it and causes retinal swelling and declining vision.

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Epiretinal Membrane

Epiretinal membrane is a condition that is the result of scar tissue that can form in the back of the eye over the retina and cause your vision to be distorted or wavy.

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Macular Holes

A macular hole is a microscopic hole in the macula, the center part of your retina. This condition has a noticeable and progressive effect on your central vision.

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Retina Surgery and Care at Vance Thompson Vision

Bringing its resources and expertise as a world leader in advanced ophthalmic care, the Vance Thompson Vision team has taken the next step caring for our patients’ vision by adding Vance Thompson Vision Retina. We use the most advanced technology in our commitment to provide the best possible care to our patients.

Advanced Technology

Vance Thompson Vision’s dedication to advanced technology means we have the expertise, tools, and facility required to correct an array of vision problems. These are especially important features for patients who need retina surgery and care as the retina often benefits from timely intervention and, with everything you need right here, crucial time can be saved.

A Fellowship-Trained Expert

Perhaps the only thing we invest more in than our advanced technology, is our doctors who provide your care. All of Vance Thompson Vision’s ophthalmologists are highly-trained leaders in their field, accomplished researchers, and caregivers who build excellent rapport with their patients. Dr. Jed Assam, who leads our retina care team, is a fellowship-trained expert.


Following surgery, retina patients will be seen for a series of follow-up appointments to ensure healing is on track. This is a key part of your treatment not only from your recent procedure, but also going forward as retina care can be ongoing, depending on your diagnosis. Our team will schedule your aftercare appointments on your behalf so you can focus on healing.

Retina Surgery Locations

Currently, retina surgery and care at Vance Thompson Vision is available at our Sioux Falls location. If you’d like, our other locations can arrange for a consultation at our Sioux Falls clinic. You will receive the same quality care you’re used to at your local clinic.

Sioux Falls, SD

3101 W. 57th St.
Sioux Falls, SD 57108
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Our Retina Doctor

We’re honored you’ve chosen Vance Thompson Vision and our experienced team for your retina care. From your initial consultation forward, we will do our utmost to provide care that is compassionate, world-class, and tailored to you.

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Retina-related questions? Call us! Our team can answer many common questions, and when they can’t, they’ll put you in touch with a team member who can. If you’re ready, they can also schedule your retina consultation.

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