Berkeley Eye Center has been protecting and caring for the vision of patients in Houston and surrounding South Texas communities for over 60 years. We’re a recognized leader when it comes to the diagnosis and treatment of vitreoretinal conditions. Our team of highly skilled, board-certified Houston retina specialists utilizes the latest testing equipment to accurately diagnose their patients’ retina problems and provide a wide range of treatment options, including medication, surgery, and laser eye treatment.
The retina is a thin layer of tissue located on the inside back wall of your eye. It contains millions of light-sensitive cells shaped like rods or cones and nerve cells that collect and transmit visual information through the optic nerve to your brain, enabling us to see. When the retina becomes damaged due to trauma, age, habits such as smoking or drug use, obesity, overexposure to UV radiation, or disease, it can have a big impact on the quality of our vision.
Common retinal disorders we encounter in our patients include:
- Diabetic retinopathy
- Retinoblastoma and other cancers of the retina
- Vision problems related to the epiretinal membrane
Retina disorders can develop slowly over time. Left untreated, retinal damage can result in severe vision loss or even blindness. If you’ve been noticing changes in your vision, call Berkeley Eye Center to schedule a comprehensive eye exam to protect your vision.
What is a Retina Specialist?
If there is damage to the retina, your eye doctor will probably refer you to a retina specialist. A retina specialist is an ophthalmologist who is certified as a specialist in vitreoretinal medicine — the diagnosis and treatment of diseases in the vitreous body of the eye and the retina.
Retina specialists differ from regular ophthalmologists in that they have several years of specialized vitreoretinal training. This higher level of expertise and skill is required to successfully diagnose and treat diseases and conditions related to the vitreous and retina.
Berkeley Eye Center’s Houston Retina Specialist Team
Meet the Berkeley Eye Center’s Houston Retina Specialist Team
Doctor Robert E. Coffee, M.D.
Robert E. Coffee, MD is a retina specialist concentrating on the treatment of diseases such as macular degeneration, diabetic eye disease, retinal detachments, and macular holes at several different Berkeley Eye Center locations.
Dr. Coffee attended medical school at the Medical University of South Carolina in his hometown of Charleston, South Carolina. He completed his internship and residency in ophthalmology at Baylor College of Medicine. His fellowship in retina surgery was performed at the Stein Eye Institute of UCLA.
Dr. Coffee was on the faculty of Baylor College of Medicine for several years before joining Berkeley Eye Center.
Dr. Frank J. Ruda, M.D.
Born and raised in Midland, Texas, Frank J. Ruda, M.D. endeavored to follow in his father’s footsteps and pursue a career in ophthalmology from a young age. He graduated from the Texas Tech University School of Medicine and then finished his internship and ophthalmology residency at the LSU-Oschner Clinic in New Orleans. Dr. Ruda’s vitreoretinal surgery fellowship was completed at the West Virginia University Eye Institute in Morgantown, WV.
His clinical interests include the medical and surgical management of vitreoretinal diseases such as diabetic retinopathy, age-related macular degeneration, complex retinal detachments, macular holes/puckers, retinal vein occlusion, as well as ocular trauma.
A member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American Society of Retinal Specialists, Dr. Ruda has written several peer-reviewed journal publications and has presented research on various retinal diseases and treatments at national ophthalmology meetings.
Dr. Ruda is proficient in Spanish and performs treatments at several Berkeley Eye Centers around the Houston area.
Berkeley Eye Center’s Houston Retina Specialists Serve Patients Across Southeast Texas
If it’s been a while since you’ve had a comprehensive eye exam, now’s the time to call the Berkeley Eye Center. Many types of vision problems develop slowly over time; a comprehensive eye exam is the best way to catch and treat eye and vision problems — including retina disorders — in their earliest and most treatable stages.
Call us today at 713-526-1600 to schedule your appointment. With locations all over the Houston area, including Bay City, Champions, Clear Lake, Cleveland, Corpus Christi, El Campo, Greenway Plaza, Huntsville, Katy, Memorial City, the Shops Downtown, Sugar Land, and Wharton — there’s sure to be a Berkeley Eye Center near you.