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Retina & Macular Disease Specialists

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The medical team at Retina & Macular Disease Specialists follow a philosophy dedicated to individualized care, sincere attention to every patient, and accessibility to patients and referring providers. They are recognized retina experts in the field and highly accomplished academic physicians. They pride themselves on treating each patient as an individual and working with the patient on a customized treatment plan.

Intraocular Injections

Intraocular Injections

When treating retinal diseases, an intraocular injection, or injection directly into the eye, is the best way to place medication exactly where it’s needed and to deliver the optimal dose of medication.

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Macular Degeneration

Macular Degeneration

Macular degeneration, or age-related macular degeneration (AMD), affects a small area in the center of your retina called the macula. AMD can occur in one or both eyes, where it may progress slowly or quickly.

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Diabetic Eye Exam

Diabetic Eye Exam

Dr. Smithen can identify changes inside your eye caused by diabetes long before you notice your first symptom, then initiate treatment to prevent damage to your retina.

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Diabetic Retinopathy

Diabetic Retinopathy

Diabetic eye disease refers to several eye conditions that develop in people with diabetes. Uncontrolled diabetes causes two primary eye diseases, diabetic retinopathy, and diabetic macular edema.

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Retinal Diseases

Retinal Diseases

Dr. Smithen can detect physical changes in your eyes before you have symptoms. For this reason, routine eye examinations are essential to protect your eye health.

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The team at Retina & Macular Disease Specialists are pioneers with the retinal MicroPulse laser and experts in intravitreal injection technique.

They have years of experience in the management of retinal and macular diseases such as diabetic retinopathy, diabetic macular edema, age-related macular degeneration, and retinal vein occlusions. They are also expert in the treatment of retinal tears and other retinal breaks.


Your Retina & Macular Disease Specialists in Arlington, VA

While their qualifications are among the very best you can find, you’ll want to know that this is an ophthalmology practice with a heart, that cares deeply for its patients.

Whether you suffer from common conditions like floaters or you face concerns due to a sudden blurry vision or sudden loss of vision, you can count on Dr. Smithen to provide you with the highest level of care in a compassionate setting.

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Premila M.

Dr. Smithen inspired confidence with her professionalism and I look forward to completing my treatment under her care.

Ken M.

From the time I walked into the office I was greeted with smiles and knowledgeable staff. The tech that examined my eyes was knowledgeable and when it came time for the doctor to talk to me about my eyes he talked to me and not at me. I learned more about my eyes on my visit and what I need to take care of them. Thank you everyone in the office

Bernice K.

My appointments at retinamaculadocs has been as good as can be expected. Everyone is friendly and show great care in making me feel at ease.

IRIDEX’s Patented MicroPulse® Laser Therapy

MicroPulse allows the tissue to cool between laser pulses, minimizing or preventing tissue damage. Treatment risks are reduced or eliminated, with increased patient comfort than with conventional, continuous-wave laser treatment.


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