Welcome to Illinois Retina & Eye Associates, a premiere ophthalmology practice in Central Illinois. While our practice has grown over the years to meet the evolving needs of our communities, our guiding principle is the same- to provide outstanding medical and surgical eye care with the highest ethical standards for patients of all ages. Formerly known as Illinois Retina Institute, our physicians and staff thank you for placing your trust in us to meet your eye care needs.
- Our website is currently under remodeling- we thank you for your patience as we update with all new information!
- Our Peoria office recently moved to a new location at 4505 N. Rockwood Dr. Ste 1, just north of Westlake Shopping Center on Rockwood. The new office is spacious, centrally located and ALWAYS has ample free parking!
- Our 5,237 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.
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, Dixon and Galesburg, we are conveniently located to serve patients in central and north central Illinois.
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 small 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, the retina is the "film" or sensor of the camera. The 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 the 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. It 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 subtle 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.
Illinois Retina and Eye Associates: serving patients from Peoria, Peru, Galesburg, Dixon, Springfield, Bloomington-Normal, Pekin, East Peoria, Morton, Washington, Macomb, Ottawa, Sterling, Princeton, Kewanee and more since 2003!