We specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of retinal and vitreo-retinal conditions, such as age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, retinal tears and detachments, macular holes, macular puckers, inflammation, eye injuries and complications from previous eye surgery. With our office locations in Peoria, Peru and Galesburg, we are conveniently located to serve patients in central and north central Illinois.
Our Peoria office is conveniently located at 5016 N. University Street, just north of Glen, almost across the street from the Fish House restaurant.
Our 5237 square foot new facility located at 3602 Marquette Road in Peru, IL is about three times the size of our previous Peru office with plenty of parking and convenient access to I-39 and I-80. It is located directly behind the Social Security Administration building.
Our practice is equipped with advanced technologies such as high-definition spectral domain OCT, photodynamic therapy, digital angiography. ultrasonography and retinal laser. Our high-definition OCT, the first in the area, provides superior imaging of the macula and provides information that helps us determine the most-effective treatment option for several retinal conditions, particularly macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy.
All diagnostic and laser procedures are performed in our office. Retinal surgery is performed in Peoria and Peru. Most of our vitreo-retinal procedures are done with 25-g instruments. Incisions are smaller and self-sealing eliminating the need for sutures in most cases. Surgery is faster and patient discomfort is minimized with this new technique.
What is the Specialty of Retina?
If you imagine an eye like a camera, retina is the "film" or sensor of the camera. Retina is a delicate nerve tissue developed from the brain that lines inside of our eyes and provides sensation of sight. Vitreous gel is a jell-o-like material that fills most of the cavity of the eye. Vitreous gel is tightly attached to the retinal tissue at several places. Many conditions, including aging, can cause shrinkage and collapse of the vitreous body. As the vitreous body loses its volume, abnormal pulling results on the retinal tissue where vitreous gel is tightly attached to the retina. Such pulling can cause tearing of retinal blood vessels resulting in bleeding inside the eye, retinal tears, detachments and macular holes.
Retinal tissue can also be affected by diabetes, hypertension and many other conditions affecting the body. Age-related macular degeneration affects the center of the retina, called macula that provides us fine or reading vision.
The specialty of retina and vitreous is dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of diseases affecting the retina and vitreous.
Who is a Retina Specialist?
A retina specialist is an ophthalmologist (eye MD) with two years of additional training in the specialty of retina. At takes about 14 years of education after High School to become a retina specialist. Although all retina specialists start out as ophthalmologists during training and are trained in the management of cataracts, glaucoma, dry eyes and disorders of the eyelids, most retina specialists, including us, limit their practice to the diagnosis and treatment of retinal disorders. We work with all eyecare providers in the area to manage diseases involving other part of the eyes.
We believe in a patient-centered approach to retinal care. We are aware that most patients and their loved ones have no, or a very limited knowledge of retinal diseases. Most retinal conditions are painless and cause suble symptoms that may not seem important to the patient, but can result in permanent loss of vision if not diagnosed and treated promptly. Therefore, we spend a great deal of time and effort in educating the patients and their family about their retinal condition. An informed patient is our best friend in our fight against blinding conditions such as retinal detachment, diabetic retinopathy and macular degeneration.
Dr. Kishore received training in retinal specialty from one of the pioneers in the field of retina. We have never hesitated to accept and treat complex retinal cases, such as giant retinal tears, large macular holes, complex recurrent retinal detachments, eye injuries, complications of diabetic retinopathy and intraocular foreign bodies. A patient can be assured of state-of-the-art retinal care in our practice. We strive to be as good as any academic center in the specialty of retina and have consistently worked with local hospitals to upgrade equiment to bring new technologies to our area for the benefit our patients. Dr. Kishore also holds an academic appointment as clinical assistant professor at the UIC-Peoria Campus medical school, and is involved in training of medical students.
A referring physician can expect prompt communication from us regarding the diagnosis and plan of treatment for their patients. If a disease is short-term, we refer the patient back to the referring physician after the retinal disease has been treated. For chronic diseases such as macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy, we periodically communicate with the referring physician to keep them informed of the progress of their patients. We believe that all of our resources should be dedicated to the care of retinal conditions.
About Dr. Kishore
Dr. Kishore has practiced the specialty of retina for 14 years. He has published numerous articles, authored chapters in textbooks on retinal surgery and has given several lectures and presentations related to retinal diseases.
Our Recent Publications
Dr. Kishore presented a research poster at the 29th annual meeting of the American Society of Retina Specialists (ASRS) in August 2011 in Boston. The poster described management of age-related macular degeneration in patients who previously underwent a vitrectomy procedure. Dr. Kishore's team found that most such eyes can be managed with periodic injections of avastin or lucentis. Click here to view the poster.
Dr. Kishore presented two research posters at the 28th annual meeting of the American society of Retina Specialists (ASRS) in August 2010. The first research project was regarding treatment of patients with wet macular degeneration who present with bleeding under the macula. Dr. Kishore and his team noted that most of these patients can be treated with monthly injections of avastin in the vitreous cavity, and if diagnosed and treated within one week from the onset of bleeding, a good outcome can be expected in most patients. Click here to view the poster.
The second research project was regarding a new treatment for a rare but serious viral infection of the retina, called acute retinal necrosis. It is caused by one of the Herpes viruses and carries a poor prognosis despite treatment. Dr. Kishore has proposed a treatment that might improve outcome in such eyes. Click here to view the poster.
Diabetic retinopathy is the most common cause of blindness and decrease in vision in young adults all over the world. Annual dilated eye examination and timely treatment can prevent most cases of damage to vision from diabetic retinopathy. For your convenience, we offer dilated eye examination for diabetic patients on Saturday. Dr. Kishore's article on diabetes and eye health appeared in the January, 2012 issue of Senior News and Views magazine. Click here to see the article.
Click here to see Dr. Ekong's article on diagnostic testing for retinal diseases published in December, 2011 issue of Senior News and Views magazine.
Click here to see Dr. Kishore's article, "What is New in Macular Degeneration" published in November, 2011 issue of Senior News and Views Magazine.
Floaters in the eye are common, but sudden change in number or nature of floaters can be a symptom of serious retinal conditions such as retinal tear, detachment or inflammation. Dr. Kishore's article "Floaters in the Eye" explains common causes of floaters in the eye and their treatment. Click here to see the article.
Age-related macular degeneration is the most common cause of blindness and visual impairment in the United States. Dry type of macular degeneration is more common, representing about 90% cases of macular degeneration. Dr. Kishore wrote an article on dry macular degeneration in the July, 2011 issue of Senior News and Views, Peoria IL. Click here to view the aricle.
Macular or retinal wrinkle is a common cause of distortion and decreased vision. Dr. Kishore's article in the September, 2011 issue of Senior News and Views magazine explains symptoms and treatment of this condition. Click here to view the article.
Dr. Kishore's article "Current Treatments of Wet Macular Degeneration" appeared in the June, 2011 issue of Senior News and Views, Peoria. Click here to view the article.
Central retinal vein occlusion (CRVO) is an important cause of blurring or loss of central vision. It is caused by a blood clot in the main vein that drain the blood out of retina. Dr. Kishore published an article "Central Retinal Vein Occlusion: Stroke in the Eye" in May 2011 issue of Healthy Cells Magazine that explains risk factors, symptoms, clinical findings and treatment of this condition. Click here to view the article.
Dr. Kishore's article on vitrectomy surgery published in the March 2011 issue of Healthy cells magazine explains common reasons for performing vitrectomy surgery, and describes modern 25-g vitrectomy in detail. Click here to view the article.
Many retinal conditions, such as diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration and retinal vein occlusions are currently treated by injecting appropriate medications directly into the eye. We have modified and evolved our technique to make the process of injections fast and painless. Dr. Kishore recently published an article, "injections in the eye" in Healthy Cells magazine that explains common reasons for giving injections into the eye. Click here to see the article.
Click here for an article in Peoria Journal Star, August 2010.
Click here for Dr. Kishore's article in Healthy Cells Magazine, July 2010, titled "An Overview of Retinal Diseases."
Click here for feature story in Healthy Cells Magazine in June, 2010 issue.
Click here for an article in Peoria Journal Star, August, 2009.
Click here for an article in Peoria Journal Star, April, 2009.
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