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A retina specialist is a medical doctor trained as an ophthalmologist, who has then completed fellowship training in diseases and surgery of the vitreous and retina.

Many eye diseases that cause vision loss involve the retina. Localized eye disorders, and systemic diseases like diabetes and hypertension can affect the retina. A retina specialist discovers where and how the retina is being affected (diagnosis), and creates an effective treatment plan (management).

About Your Retina Specialist: Rashmi Kapur MD

Dr.Kapur has been practicing as a full-time Retina Specialist in the Elgin area since 2011 and has tremendous experience with treating a variety of retinal pathologies.

Dr.Kapur received her medical degree from Santosh Medical College (Meerut University), completed her residency in Ophthalmology at the University of Illinois - Illinois Eye & Ear Infirmary in Chicago, IL, and her fellowship in vitreo-retinal medicine & surgery at Medical College of Wisconsin. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology,  and a member of several academic and professional societies.


Dr. Kapur's work and research can be found published in her credit in various works. Her areas of expertise include macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, retinal detachments, macular disease, uveitis, ocular oncology, etc. Dr.Kapur is board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology.

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About Your Retina Specialist: Rehan Hussain MD 

Dr. Rehan Hussain was born and raised in the Chicago suburbs. After graduating with the Valedictorian award from Homewood-Flossmoor High School, he entered an accelerated 7-year BA/MD program at The George Washington University in Washington, DC. While there, he was part of the University Honors Program and was selected into the Phi Beta Kappa Society. During medical school at GW, he was selected as a member of the prestigious Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society.


Dr. Hussain completed his ophthalmology residency at the Indiana University School of Medicine, where he was chosen by his peers to serve as Chief Resident and won the Merril Grayson Leadership Award. He completed a fellowship in vitreoretinal surgery at the University of Miami’s Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, which has been consistently recognized as the nation’s #1 ranked eye hospital over the past three decades.


Dr. Hussain is board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology. He is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, American Society of Retina Specialists, and the Vit-Buckle Society. He has presented retina-related research and surgical videos at numerous national meetings. He has authored over 70 publications in peer-reviewed journals and textbooks pertaining to ophthalmology and retinal disease.


In his spare time, he enjoys traveling with his wife, weight training, and cheering for the Chicago Bears and Bulls. He is fluent in English and Spanish.

What Your Retina Specialist Looks At: 

The Retina 

The retina is the delicate innermost layer of the eyeball which is sensitive to light. Structurally, the retina is a complex tissue consisting of several microscopic cell layers. It converts visual inputs into nerve signals and transmits them to the brain via the optic nerve. The retina is therefore vital to image perception.

The Macula

The macula is important for sharpness perception. We need our macula to read fine print and thread a needle. The leading cause of blindness in the U.S., age-related macular degeneration, causes damage to the macula. The peripheral retina is used for peripheral vision which is critical for many activities such as driving and playing sports. 

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