Proliferative vitreoretinopathy

Also known as massive periretinal proliferation or massive vitreous retraction, Proliferative Vitreoretinopathy is the most common complication of a retinal detachment, and occurs in approximately 8-10% of patients who develop a retinal detachment. Proliferative vitreoretinopathy, despite the long name, is simply scar tissue formation within the eye: “proliferative,” because cells proliferate and “vitreoretinopathy,” because the problems involve the vitreous and retina.

At the time of a retinal detachment and the formation of a retinal tear, retinal cells that are normally under the retina come through the retinal tear and enter the vitreous cavity. After the retinal detachment is repaired or not repaired (if the patient does not seek help), these cells proliferate on the surface of the retina (and sometimes under the retina) in sheets, which contract and pull the retina back off. These sheets can occur in the posterior portion of the retina, or in any other location of the retina, causing re-detachment and requiring surgery and injection treatments to repair.

Wagner Macula & Retina Center

Ophthalmologists & Eye Surgeons located in the Hampton Roads region of Virginia & North Carolina

Welcome to Wagner Macula & Retina Center, specializing in diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration, eye tumors, and the diagnosis and management of complex medical and surgical eye disease. We are the preferred referral for National Retina Centers of Excellence and the preeminent provider of adult and pediatric macula and retina treatments located in the Hampton Roads region of Virginia & North Carolina. Our state-of-the-art facilities offer the latest technology and treatments to save your eyesight.

  • Diabetic Retinopathy 
  • Age-Related Macular Degeneration
  • Retinal Occlusions
  • Retinal Vascular Disease
  • Ocular trauma & retinal detachment
  • Proliferative Vitreoretinopathy
  • Retinal Tears and Holes
  • Macular Pucker
  • Retinopathy of prematurity and other pediatric diseases of the eye
  • Cancers of the eye
  • Second Opinions

Dedicated to saving sight and enhancing lives, we offer our patients nine convenient locations, reduced wait times, and the comfort of the highest level of personal care and expertise. At Wagner Macula & Retina Center, we value our patients’ trust and confidence and understand the challenge posed by diminishing eyesight. Our team provides patients and family members with the caring touch and reassurance they need and deserve.

Dr. Alan Wagner is a board certified, fellowship trained ophthalmologist specializing in vitreoretinal surgery. He is Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at EVMS and the Medical College of Virginia and serves as a research consultant at the Strelitz Diabetes Institute. A highly trained macular and retinal surgeon, Dr. Wagner is on the medical staff at most area hospitals, including pediatric units and children’s hospitals.

Diabetes Eye Care - Dr. Kapoor

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  • Yelp

    "Did a great job with my mother-in-law and her macular degeneration. Great caring staff, on time, efficient, pretty office, and he's really nice."

    Jody W.
  • Healthgrades

    "Dr Wagner helped me when I was having an eye emergency and was in tremendous pain. I highly recommend him and his staff!"

    Nida
  • Healthgrades

    "I had excellent results from my eye surgery, and would recommend Doctors Wagner and Kapoor. "

    Sue
  • "The staff and Doctor Wagner are phenomenal. I can't explain enough how great the team is! Wonderful experience."

    Daniel M.
  • "From the fist visit I was treated with respect y all the workers. Dr. Wagner is the best and makes you feel very at ease. They are the best."

    Grace G.
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