Retinal Diseases

People seek out the Vanderbilt Eye Institute for high-quality care for retinal disease. Our ophthalmologists are all highly trained specialists who use the most-advanced technologies and approaches for a customized treatment that’s just right for you.

Retinal Diseases: Why Choose Vanderbilt

  • Highly experienced physicians. Our team of ophthalmologists have extensive, specialized training in diagnosing and treating retinal diseases. Their experience means they’re well prepared to help you.
  • Wide array of treatment options. We offer a full range of treatments for retinal diseases, from basic procedures to the most-advanced surgeries and treatments for the retina and surrounding tissue. That means we can offer a personalized treatment plan that meets your specific needs.
  • Advanced technology. We use the most-advanced technology available to provide top-notch care from diagnosis to surgery. We can measure blood flow to the eye using optical coherence tomography angiography, which is both extremely accurate and less invasive. We treat tumors of the eye with intra-arterial treatment, which reduces the need for radiation and chemotherapy. And we are one of the first centers in Tennessee to offer the Iluvien implant to patients with diabetic retinopathy.
  • Collaborative care. We believe that a team approach is paramount to your well-being. Our retinal specialists work closely with each other and with other specialists, including radiologists and microbiologists, to provide you with compassionate, personalized care.
  • High volumes of complex cases. We log more than 15,000 patient visits and perform more than 1,500 vitreoretinal surgeries per year. You can be confident we have the experience necessary to provide the best care for you.  
  • Innovative research and clinical trials. Vanderbilt is renowned for its commitment to cutting-edge research, and our patient-oriented research program is a prime example. Contact the Retina service clinical trials coordinator for more information about enrollment.

Conditions We Treat

  • Branch retinal vein occlusions
  • Central serous retinopathy
  • Central retinal vein occlusions
  • Diabetic retinopathy
  • Epiretinal membrane
  • Macular degeneration
  • Macular holes
  • Ocular tumors
  • Retinoblastoma
  • Retinal detachment
  • Retinal tear
  • Retinopathy of prematurity
  • Vitreous floaters

Tests, Treatments and Services

  • B-scan ultrasound
  • Electroretinography (ERG)
  • Epiretinal membrane surgery
  • Fluorescein angiography
  • Fundus photography
  • Intra-arterial chemotherapy
  • Intravitreal injections
  • Macular hole surgery
  • Multipulse laser treatments
  • Optical coherence tomography (OCT)
  • OCT-angiography
  • Photodynamic therapy
  • Plaque brachytherapy
  • Retinal detachment surgery
  • Scleral buckle repair
  • Vitrectomy


Vanderbilt Eye Institute
2311 Pierce Ave. 
Nashville, TN 37232
(615) 936-2020

Bowling Green, Kentucky
Vanderbilt Eye Institute Downing McPeak
1403 Andrea St. 
Bowling Green, KY 42104
(615) 936-2020

Vanderbilt Eye Institute Cookeville
600 Veterans Drive, Suite A
Cookeville, TN 38501
(931) 372-1994

Vanderbilt Eye Institute Franklin 
4601 Carothers Parkway, Suite 450
Franklin, TN 37067
Adult care: (615) 791-0060
Pediatric care: (615) 936-1034

Vanderbilt Eye Institute Lawrenceburg
726 N. Locust Ave.
Lawrenceburg, TN 38464

Vanderbilt Eye Institute Lebanon
1670 W. Main St., Suite 100
Lebanon, TN 37087
(615) 453-5155

Vanderbilt Eye Institute Murfreesboro
1821 Heritage Park Plaza, Unit 1 & 2
Murfreesboro, TN 37129
(615) 936-2020

Vanderbilt Eye Institute Tullahoma
1801 North Washington, Suite 500
Tullahoma, TN 37388
(615) 936-2020

For Referring Physicians

To refer a patient to the Retinal service, (615) 936-2020.