Vitreoretinal Surgery

An evidence-based approach to new retina surgery techniques.

We utilize state-of-the art surgical techniques and diagnostics, many of which we developed in our laboratory at the Univerversity of Iowa. We have a special interest in retina surgeries for hard to fix conditions like retinal detachment, epiretinal membranes, macular holes, optic pits, diabetic retinopathy, uveitis, proliferative vitreoretinopathy, and macular degeneration.

We routinely publish our advanced surgical methods and findings in peer-reviewed journals. Using a unique surgical database, we are able to rapidly identify the cause of surgical complications and modify techniques to fix and avoid them. This rigorous, evidence-based approach to surgery has enormous benefits to our patients.

In the laboratory, we have developed and tested novel wound construction for vitreoretinal surgery in infants and adults. We have also identified key molecules and gene variations that contribute to vitreoretinal disease.

Please contact us for a consultation or learn how to support our research programs.


  • Surgical Implants treat ADNIV Uveitis

    ADNIV is an inherited autoimmune disease of the eye. We performed a study to determine the benefit of Retisert, an

  • Surgery for AMD

    Whether vitrectomy surgery for age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is harmful or helpful is not known. A study we co-authored suggests

  • Proteomics of PVR

    Proliferative vitreoretinopathy is the most common post-operative complication indicating failure of intravitreal surgical repair of rhegmatogenous retinal detachment (RRD).

  • Grant to Study Genetics of Retinal Detachment

    We received grant support from the Fight for Sight organization to study a new form of inherited retinal detachment.

  • Knobloch Syndrome

    In collaboration with Alexander Bassuk, M.D., Ph.D., we identified in new gene variation that causes Knobloch Syndrome.

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