Benefits of a Small Practice

Back of the Eye MD has always boasted the benefit our small, privately run practice.  The personal, one-on-one attention we strive to offer is unmatched compared to the significantly less personal care demonstrated in larger corporate settings. In 2016, we surveyed our patients to measure their satisfaction with Back of the Eye MD. We were […]

Did you know pumpkins can be GOOD for your retina?

Pumpkins, along with many other fruits and vegetables, are high in vitamin C and zinc! Our bodies are unable to make vitamin C ourselves so we need to get it from other sources. Vitamin C is known to support the blood vessels in the retina, or the back of the eye. Both zinc and vitamin […]

Diabetic Eye Disease

Diabetic eye disease (or diabetic retinopathy) tends to occur in those with diabetes mellitus who have had their condition for many years. Diabetes affects blood vessels throughout the body, and the vessels in the back of the eye are no exception. Generally speaking, blood vessels become leaky when continually affected by diabetes. Leaky blood vessels can […]

Greater Buffalo Youth Orchestra Retreat!

Over the weekend of September 8 and 9, Dr. Notaro was fortunate to chaperone the Greater Buffalo Youth Orchestra (GBYO) retreat in Dunkirk, NY! The GBYO provides the opportunity for talented high school musicians to play beautiful pieces of music from the classical and romantic eras. The orchestra plays multiple concerts in the Buffalo area […]

Macular Degeneration

Macular degeneration is a disease that affects millions of people. It is the largest cause of vision loss in folks older than 50 years of age in the western world. Simply put, macular degeneration means that the center part (macula) of the back of the eye is getting old. This degenerative process can comprise a […]

The Aging Eye: Posterior Vitreous Detachment

A posterior vitreous detachment is a common occurrence as one ages. In fact, it can be found in the majority of people older than 70 years of age. The vitreous is the “jelly” that fills our eyeballs. When we are born, it is attached to the back wall of the eye, or retina. As we age, […]

Read about us in Diabetes Forecast!

Saralyn Notaro Rietz, MD…..YOUR Back of the Eye MD Hey! Look where we were published! Access the Summer issue of Diabetes FORECAST magazine — the national publication of the American Diabetes Association. http://www.diabetesforecast.org/2018/03-may-jun/i-have-retinopathy-will-i.html Find the feature “Ask the Ophthalmologist” on page 11. The question is asked:  I have retinopathy.  Will I lose my vision? Here, […]

Which Eye Doctor is Right for You?

Are you confused about which eye doctor is right for you? Different eye care providers address a range of patient needs – from fitting eyeglasses to performing invasive surgery. Each also has a different level of education and training. Because one type of provider may be more appropriate for your specific needs than another, it […]

Age-Related Macular Degeneration

Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) is a condition that causes central vision loss due to damage/aging of the macula, or the center part of the “back of the eye.” AMD is the leading cause of visual acuity (sharpness of vision) loss in people over the age of 50.  Visual loss from the condition can range from […]

No Referral Needed

In the past, nearly all insurance companies required a referral from your primary care physician or general practitioner for almost all specialty physicians.  This practice, however, is becoming a thing of the past.  Nowadays, most insurance companies do NOT require referrals at all. As a retina specialist, many people and doctors often think that special […]