Bay Area Retina Associates
Bay Area Retina Associates
Bay Area Retina Associates
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About Bay Area Retina Associates

BARA is a group practice of seven Board Certified ophthalmologists who have gone beyond basic ophthalmology training and have received additional specialty training in the treatment of diseases of the retina and vitreous.

Our practice includes nationally renowned physicians representing over one hundred years of experience in retinal care. Our practice also includes administrative, technical and support personnel with over one hundred cumulative years experience and knowledge in the medical field.

We attempt to keep you with the same physician for all your care. However, you may be asked to see one or all of the associates to provide proper and timely care. As we are a referral practice with frequent unpredictable emergencies sent to us for our immediate attention, our appointment schedule may at times be delayed. Initial evaluations often take between one and three hours. Follow-up exams take at least one hour.

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What is a retina specialist?

A retina specialist is a physician who has completed a minimum of four years of undergraduate work, four years of medical school, one year of internship, three years of ophthalmology residency training, and two years of medical and surgical retina subspecialty training.

The retina is a thin layer of neuronal tissue lining the inside of the eye; it is the "film" of the human eye's camera. The retina contains over 1.2 million neurons as well as blood vessels, and the retina interacts with blood-filled tissue layers directly behind it as well as the clear gel in front of it (the vitreous gel, which fills the back part of the eye). A retinal physician and surgeon must understand the complex interactions between the retina and the rest of the body, in both normal and disease states. Many of the procedures performed by retina specialists involve microsurgery, which requires intense training to perform safely.

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