Winchester, Virginia
(540) 722-3500
190 Campus Blvd, Suite 320
115 W Spring Street
Woodstock, VA

Retina Associates to offer telemedicine during the COVID-19 Crisis

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Retina Associates has continued to provide diagnostic and therapeutic services to prevent vision loss in our community. Initially providing  emergent care and therapeutic services only, our practice has returned to  our regular schedule, seeing routine as well as emergent patients. This has been done with careful consideration to the needs of the community and our patients while following guidelines from local and national societies and bodies, in an effort to try to prevent vision problems and maintain a safe environment for our patients and staff.

In order to limit exposure to our staff and patients, Retina Associates is proud to offer telemedicine services for our established patients. Appropriate patients will be given the option to have a telemedicine visit with our office. Given the difficulty with evaluating the retina remotely, this type of visit will still require a trip to our office, however the visit will be streamlined to allow for a rapid progression through the clinical evaluation, while limiting exposure to only one of our staff members.  In order to be able to offer hands off retinal evaluations during this crisis, we have acquired a wide field retinal camera which can image the majority of the retina through an undilated pupil.

Patients who elect for a telemedicine visit can expect to have their temperatures checked and be asked COVID exposure screening questions prior to entering the office as they would for a regular visit. They will then enter through a separate door and proceed directly to an imaging area for undilated pictures, have their history taken and vision checked, and then be taken to a separate room where they will have a virtual meeting with their doctor.  A physician will be on site in the event that the need for a face to face examination is demonstrated. These visit are typically completed within 30 minutes, and throughout which the patient will only work with one technician and not be seated in common waiting areas. This will again be performed in an undilated fashion for ease and convenience.

We will continue to employ best practices to mitigate risk of exposure for our patients using the same methods we have been  since this crisis began. We will continue to ask that patients only bring one companion into the office with them, and insist that anyone entering the office come with and wear a mask. If you do not have a mask we will provide one. We are checking every patient and their companions for COVID symptoms and taking temperatures at the entrance of the office . We are practicing distancing precautions in our waiting room by limiting the number of patients  in the office and distancing waiting room chairs. We will continue to have a reduced  patient volume to ensure that there is minimal waiting time in the office and to ensure there are as few patients as possible in the waiting areas. Our staff will continue to wear masks full time in the office.

If you have any questions regarding our policies or procedures during this time please feel free to call to discuss this with one of our staff members, or inquire at the time of your visit. 

About us

Retina Associates is a group of Retinal Specialists who have been in practicing in Winchester, Virginia for close to 30 years. Drs. Carter, Steuer, Ruggiero, and McFarland have over 60 years of experience treating medical and surgical disease of the retina and vitreous. We are a prominent member of the regional eye care and medical community, and service the greater Winchester area, eastern West Virginia, and central and western Maryland. Our practice is located in Medical Office Building 2 of the Winchester Medical Center. Here we provide our in office evaluations and treatment, perform consultations with the emergency department, inpatient services,  and neonatal unit, and perform outpatient surgery. Our doctors are experts in the treatment of retinal disease, including macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, vein occlusions, macular surgery, and surgery for retinal detachment. All of our doctors are board certified and members of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, as well as the American Society of Retina Specialists. We are available 5 days a week to see both existing and new patients. 

Retina Associates Now Open in Woodstock, Virginia 

To better serve the people of Shenandoah, Page, Warren, and Madison Counties as well as those in Harrisonburg and Rockingham County, Retina Associates is proud to announce that we are currently seeing new and existing patients for examinations and treatments in our new office at 115 West Spring Street, Woodstock VA. Please call our regular number (540) 722-3500 to schedule.

What is a Retina Specialist?

A Retina Specialist is a type of ophthalmologist (eye doctor) who specializes in the treatment of disorders of the vitreous and the retina. All of our doctors have completed four years of undergraduate education, four years of medical school, one year of internship, three years of training in ophthalmology, and an additional two years of training in the treatment of vitreoretinal disease. You may be referred to a Retinal Specialist if your eye care provider or medical doctor has determined that you have a condition that requires our expertise, or you may also call our office for evaluation for retinal conditions. 

What does a Retina Specialist treat?

Retina specialists diagnose and treat disorders of the vitreous, retina, and macula. We care for patients with diabetes, including performing diabetic eye examinations and treating diabetic retinopathy and macular edema (swelling of the retina), wet and dry macular degeneration, retinal vein and artery occlusions, complications following cataract surgery, and a wide variety of surgical problems including epiretinal membrane/macular pucker removal, treatment of macular holes, treatment of retinal tears and detachments, and surgery for vitreous hemorrhage (bleeding within the eye).