Dr. Stanley Chang Receives Castle Connolly “Physician of the Year” AwardRead more
Dr. Stephen Trokel elected to The American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery Hall of FameRead more
Nurses at Harkness Institute win highest awards from Press Ganey for third year in a row.Read more
The Department of Ophthalmology at Columbia University Medical Center is proud to announce the opening of The Gloria and Louis Flanzer Vision Care Center.Read more
Columbia Ophthalmology Consultants | Comprehensive and Geriatric Ophthalmology | Cornea, Cataract and Refractive Surgery | Retinal | Glaucoma | Pediatric Ophthalmology | Eye Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery | Neuro-ophthalmology
The retina is a light sensitive tissue lining the inner surface of the eye. The optics of the eye create an image of the visual world on the retina, which serves much the same function as the film in a camera. Light striking the retina initiates a cascade of chemical and electrical events that ultimately trigger nerve impulses. These are sent to various visual centers of the brain through the fibers of the optic nerve. Our brains translate these nerve impulses into the imagery that we call our vision.
The scientists and physicians at Columbia Ophthalmology Consultants work on a daily basis implementing some of the most advanced medical and surgical treatments for problems with the retina. One recent clinical trial explored implanting electronic chips directly into the eye to digitally transform light waves into electrical signals which are fed into the optic nerve and the brain providing rudimentary perceivable imagery for the blind.
Eye disorders that are treated by the Retinal Division include: