Retina Specialists Now at Brandon Eye Clinic

Florida Eye Specialists and Cataract Institute has one office specifically to treat your retina problems. The physicians at our Retina Specialists office specialize in the disease and surgery of the vitreous and retina. So whether you are having trouble with a retinal detachment or a retinal tear, we can treat you.

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When it comes to utilizing our physicians in problems of the retina, Florida Eye Specialists and Cataract Institute has Retina Specialists in our office in Brandon. This office specifically treats retina problems and is able to do the testing as well as treatment. Specializing in disease and surgery of the vitreous and retina, the Brandon office can help you, whether you have a retinal detachment or a retinal tear. Our trusted expert staff is here for you. 

Florida Eye Specialists and Cataract Institute is renown in the treatment of all diseases of the retina. Using the latest technologies, we can examine, diagnose and treat all types of retinal problems. Our highly trained physicians are some of the best in the field. 

The Brandon Eye Clinic office, which specializes in the retina, is located at 403 Vonderburg Drive. Vonderburg Drive is off of South Parsons Avenue and is north of All Persons Rotary Park. The office is open Monday through Friday, 8 am to 5 pm. Call the clinic at (813) 685-0001 or fax at (813) 685-0008. 

Physicians at this location
Retina specialists at the Brandon office include:

  • Marguerite Kohlhepp, M.D. 
  • Dan P. Montzka, M.D. 
  • Nandesh Patel M.D., F.A.C.S. 

Marguerite KohlheppM.D. – With a specialty of the retina, Dr. Kohlhepp is Board certified in Ophthalmology and has been in private practice since 1997. She is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, American Medical Association and Pasco County Medical Society. 

Her education includes completion of a Residency in the Department of Ophthalmology at Catholic Medical Center in Flushing, New York, and a Fellowship in Vitreo-Retinal Surgery at the University of Nebraska in Omaha. 

Dan P. MontzkaM.D. – A specialist in the retina and Board certified in Ophthalmology, Dr. Montzka is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology at the University of South Florida in addition to his duties at Florida Eye Specialists and Cataract Institute. He is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, American Medical Association, Pennsylvania Medical Society and Pasco County Medical Society. Dr. Montzka has also authored numerous book chapters, original papers, abstracts and presentations. 

Regarding education, Dr. Montzka did his Internship in Medicine at Bryn Mawr Hospital in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, and a Residency in Ophthalmology at the Scheie Eye Institute of the University of Pennsylvania. He then completed a Fellowship in Retina and Intraocular Tumors at Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia. 

Nandesh Patel M.D., F.A.C.S. – Dr. Patel’s specialized fellowship training in the surgical and medical diseases of the retina and vitreous was completed at the University of South Florida College of Medicine; it entailed care and surgery of patients at the University, James A. Haley Veterans Hospital, Bay Pines Veterans Hospital, and Tampa General Hospital. In addition to clinical duties, Dr Patel participated in various multi-center investigational trials evaluating the role of the latest groundbreaking treatments for Diabetic retinopathy, Uveitis and Macular degeneration. 

His earlier education included undergraduate studies at Boston University, where he achieved the highest honors in the study of economics and biochemistry/molecular biology. Dr. Patel completed his medical studies with the distinction of cum laude and Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) Honors Society membership at BU. This was followed by a comprehensive year training in Internal Medicine at the Yale University School of Medicine. General Ophthalmology training was completed at the world-renowned Manhattan Eye, Ear, Throat Hospital/New York University School of Medicine. 

Please note that our retina specialists practice at multiple locations at various times of the week. If you need to discuss the timing of an appointment, call the Brandon location, and we’ll be glad to assist you. 

The Retina
The light-sensitive layer at the back of the eye, the retina acts like film in a camera; it has a layer of light-sensitive photoreceptor cells. These cells also detect qualities such as color and light intensity. The retina converts images that come through the eye’s lens into electrical signals and then, for visual recognition, sends these impulses to the brain via the optic nerve. 

Because the retina plays such a vital role in your vision, if it is permanently damaged it can cause blindness. Because of this fact, it is important to get a comprehensive eye exam on an annual basis. 

What is Retinal Detachment?
According to the American Society of Retina Specialists, a retinal detachment happens when the retina detaches from the back wall of the eye. It no longer works properly, as it is cut off from its blood supply. Typical symptoms include flashing lights, floaters and a shadow or curtain in the peripheral (non-central) vision that can be stationary (non-moving) or progress toward, and involve, the center of vision. 

Often, patients are not aware of the changes in vision. The extent of the detachment determines the severity of the symptoms. 

Risk factors for retinal detachment include:

  • High myopia or nearsightedness that is extreme 
  • Advanced age 
  • Family history 
  • Previous retinal detachment 
  • Previous eye surgery 
  • Trauma 

Call our Brandon office to schedule an appointment if you suspect this condition. We treat retinal detachment in several ways that include the latest advances in photo coagulation, cryotherapy, and pneumatic retinopexy, as well as other procedures. 

Retinal Tears
Before a detachment occurs, an acute tear in the retina can cause sudden onset of floaters or black spots in the eye that is affected. 

An examination that is thorough and timely, by an ophthalmologist using scleral depression (applying slight pressure to the eye) and/or a 3-mirror lens is the most important step in diagnosing a retinal tear. 

Causes of these tears are similar to those of retinal detachment. Timely diagnosis is important with this condition, as early detection and prompt treatment of the retinal tear often prevents the retina from detaching. Using lasers to seal the retina to the tissue underneath, retinal tears are successfully treated. At Florida Eye Specialists and Cataract Institute, our treatments for a retinal tear are very effective in both the relief of symptoms and the prevention of retinal detachment. 

Give Florida Eye Specialists and Cataract Institute a call to arrange an appointment with one of our expertly trained retina specialists. 

About us
As a leader in eye care and surgery in the Tampa Bay area since 1981, Florida Eye Specialists and Cataract Institute has eye care centers in several locations to accommodate our patients with offices close to home. 

Complete eye care is our goal, using the latest technology and the finest in patient care. We consider our patients as part of our family and make sure they are treated like valued members. 

Primary care includes pediatric services, routine exams, common eye problems, dry eye syndrome, low vision care and uveitis. Our specialty care includes cataracts, glaucomamacular degenerationneuro ophthalmologycornea and diabetic eye disease as well as the retina. We treat all ages of patients, from the new born to the elderly. Whatever your age is, we can help give you the best possible vision through all the stages of your life. 

Whether you need an appointment with one of our retina specialists or need to schedule a routine exam, give us a call. 

Florida Eye Specialists and Cataract Institute
Retina Specialists at Brandon Eye Clinic
Tel:(813) 685-0001
Fax: (813) 685-0008
Monday-Friday: 8am – 5pm

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Note that many of our doctors practice at multiple locations at various times of the week. If you are unsure about what type of vision care you need or the timing of an appointment, call any of our locations and we’ll be glad to assist you.