Prevent blindness with retinal treatment in Harrisburg

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Detect retinal disease earlier with retinal imaging and flourescein angiography

Using the latest technology, we can detect early signs of retinal disease more effectively and efficiently than with traditional eye exams

We have invested in the new Optos® UWF™ retinal imaging device, California. This unique technology will allow our doctors to perform a more thorough exam of your retina than previously possible.

In less than one second, the Optos® California captures more than 80% of your retina in one panoramic image while traditional imaging methods typically only show 15% of your retina at one time. This allows your doctor to detect early signs of retinal disease more effectively and efficiently than with traditional eye exams.

Early detection means that we can administer retinal treatment sooner, thus reducing possible risk to your vision and overall health.

Your doctor may recommend retinal imaging if you have any signs or symptoms of the following diseases or conditions:

  • Diabetes
  • Age-related macular degeneration
  • Glaucoma
  • Retina abnormalities

How it works

Retinal imaging takes a digital, high-resolution picture of the back of your eye, enabling us to see the entire retina.

The doctor may dilate your eyes with special drops. This widens your pupils. It will take about 20 minutes for your eyes to be ready for the examination.

Next, you’ll place your chin and forehead on a support to keep your head steady. You’ll open your eyes as wide as possible and stare straight ahead at an object while a laser scans your eyes. The images are uploaded to a computer so your doctor can look at them.

If the doctor thinks you might have wet macular degeneration, you’ll probably have a fluorescein angiogram.

Risks

Retinal imaging is a non-invasive and completely safe method of obtaining pictures of the back of the eye.

The results

The test results should be ready immediately, and normally your doctor will talk to you about them before you leave.

FAQs

Why should I have a retinal scan?

Stroke, diabetes and some cancers can be detected by examination of the retina and in some cases before you experience other symptoms.

How often should I have a retinal scan?

Your doctor is the best person to decide how frequently you should have an eye exam. We typically recommend taking a retinal image of your eyes at each exam.

Do you recommend retinal scans for children?

Yes. Many eye conditions develop in early childhood; therefore, we recommend routine eye exams for children that include taking a retinal image.

Does having a retinal scan require dilation?

In most cases, dilation is not needed; however, there are some cases where your doctor may feel dilation is needed.

Fluorescein angiography is a clinical test to look at blood circulation in the retina at the back of the eye.

The test can also help us to follow the course of a disease and monitor retinal treatment. We can repeat it on multiple occasions and cause no harm to the eye or body.

Your doctor may recommend flourescein angiography if you have any signs or symptoms of the following diseases or conditions:

  • Diabetes
  • Age-related macular degeneration
  • Glaucoma
  • Retina abnormalities

How it works

We inject a harmless orange-red dye called Fluorescein into a vein in your arm. The dye will travel through your body to the blood vessels in your retina. Your doctor will use a special camera with a green filter to flash a blue light into your eye and take multiple photographs. They will analyze the pictures and identify any damage to the lining of the retina or to spot the growth of new blood vessels.

Risks

Fluorescein angiography involves little risk. Some people may have mild allergic reactions to the dye that can cause itching, excessive sneezing, flushing of skin and nausea. Severe allergic reactions have been reported, but very rarely.

Results

The test results should be ready immediately, and normally your doctor will talk to you about them before you leave.

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My wait time was minimal and I was pleased to note the furniture arrangement for social distancing and the sanitation practices in progress. All in all it was a much more relaxing experience than I anticipated and I was impressed by the procedures taken to assure safe practices for the safety of the patients and staff while reducing stress on the patients.

C.J.S.

The doctor and his staff made my cataract surgeries a ‘piece of cake’. I have been coming here since I moved to Harrisburg 37 years ago. Dr. Chotiner performed cataract six years ago and my sight is as good as it was when I was young. As long as the light is reasonable, I do not even need over the counter reading glasses.

Claire B.

I was well taken care of. They took good care of my things. Dr. Erik Chotiner did an excellent job. I am so happy to see quite clearly with my eye that has macular degeneration.

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Excellent care and personal attention are provided at Memorial Eye. Hats off to Dr. E. Chotiner, nurses and staff for making my experience there so great!

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I had cataract surgery and correction of an astigmatism. In one word……excellent!

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As a rookie having my first visit at Memorial Eye in May 2020, I asked for a doctor that was patient and that is exactly what I got in Dr. Kowalski. He took his time and explained my options to me. My testing was extensive and thorough. The staff was very kind and made me feel relaxed during the surgery. A 5 star rating from beginning to end. Well done!

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I am a first time patient at your practice. Everyone was so nice and knowledgeable. Overall it was a great experience. I did not realize how bad my vision was. I am amazed! The get well flowers were a nice touch!

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The staff and doctor were very accommodating. Always on time, if not earlier with appointments. The surgical staff was very attentive to any needs such as extra blankets if needed, and making sure you were comfortable while you waited for your surgery.

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First time in 78 years I can see well without prescription lenses! I was apprehensive to have any elective surgery during the pandemic with my age and health history. The staff sensed it and made an effort to deal with it very professionally.

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Wonderful practice with kind and supportive employees. The doctors are top notch and excellent!

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I had my surgery done for a cataract and to correct my astigmatism. I can see better out of the eye that Dr Chotiner performed surgery on without the need for a corrective lens than I can see out of the other eye with my glasses on. The surgery was delayed because of the whole Covid virus closings, but when it was performed it went incredibly well and I could not be happier with the results.

Robin

I was somewhat jittery about returning to the office after the COVID restrictions were lifted. My concerns were put to rest from the moment I stepped through the door and was greeted by an associate who took my temperature, asked pertinent questions, and offered hand sanitizer, as well as being very friendly. The check in and co-pay payment went equally as smoothly.

C.J.S.

My care for cataract removal was superb. The team in the surgical suite was very organized, efficient, and caring. Their expertise was so excellent. Everyone who works there was very skillful in their work and courteous. Dr. Chotiner is kind and extremely skilled. He was outstanding!

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I am so glad the doctor suggested LRI with my cataract surgery. I had never heard of it but it is amazing how my astigmatism is dissipating slowly and it is the reason I started wearing glasses 30 years ago! Even working around pandemic guidelines everyone is polite and cooperates as a team.

A.A.N.

I would recommend Memorial Eye Institute and Dr. Erik Chotiner for their expertise. They are all very professional and caring for their patients. It was an excellent experience.

Joyce K.

I cannot thank Dr. Chotiner and his staff enough for what they have done for me. I had LASIK here 16 years ago and that was a life changing event for me. Prior to that, my vision was always poor and then (after surgery) it was great. Now I have cataracts and once again, getting the first eye done was a life changing experience.

Richard B.

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I am so happy at how good I can see now. Everyone was very professional and efficient. I feel my Dr is one of the best. I wouldn’t go to anyone else. Every one there was just great. Thank you so much.

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