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Retina & Vitreous Surgery

North Central Washington Eye Surgery

Confluence Health Ophthalmology department is now offering specialized ophthalmic care for patients who suffer from conditions involving the posterior segment of the eye. This is the back segment of the eye protected by the gel-like substance in the eye. In order to treat these problems, the vitreous humor gel that fills the eye cavity must be temporarily removed. These surgical techniques must be performed by a physician with specific training. Dr. Rudometkin and Dr. Skale are our Vitreoretinal Specialist and provides both medical and surgical treatments to patients with these conditions.Conditions we treat include:

  • Macular degeneration
  • Diabetic retinopathy
  • Macular holes
  • Macular puckers
  • Venous occlusions
  • Uveitis
  • Retinal tears and detachments

Dr. Rudometkin and Dr. Skale work closely with the members of the Ophthalmic and Optometric teams to provide the highest quality medical and surgical care to patients of Confluence Health.

What to Expect at a Retina Office Visit

Initial Consult

  • All consults should plan to be in the office for a minimum of 3 hours. Depending on what the patient is being referred for, the length may vary.
  • Both patient’s eyes will be dilated, a driver is suggested.
  • At least 3 different tests/imaging orders will be carried through.
Time Frame:
  1. Check in at appointment time: Patients more than 10 minutes early must wait to check in
  2. Initial imaging: 1 or 2 scans depending on reason for referral: 20 minutes
  3. Wait for room/work up by technician: 30-40 minutes, depending on difficulty of consult and possible diagnoses
  4. Dilating time: 15-20 minutes
  5. Exam: 30 minutes
  6. Additional imaging: 15-20 minutes
  7. Visit overview: 10 minutes
Follow Ups
  • All follow up patients should plan to be in the office for 2 hours, although some follow up visits take less time than this. Wait time depends on business of schedule and on call assessments.
Time Frame:
  • Check in at appointment time: Patients more than 10 minutes early must wait to check in
  • Initial imaging: either 1 or 2 scans depending on diagnosis/reason for visit: 20 minutes
  • Wait for room/work up by technician: 30 minutes or less
  • Dilating time: 15-20 minutes
  • Exam: 15-20 minutes
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