Dr. Irene Voo, MD

Dr. Irene Voo, MD

Ophthalmology | Female | 42 years old

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My area of expertise as a Retina Specialist is any disorder that can cause blindness/vision loss. It is frightening to patients to lose eyesight and I make sure each patient's experience with me is both educational and hopeful. I believe that education about one's condition makes a patient feel more in charge of life and gives one power when losing vision makes one feel powerless. Hope is the other feeling I give each patient, to see the visit as a positive action partnering with me to fight vision loss/blindness. Even if the disease can't be stopped or cured, I view the patient and I as a team working together to slow or manage the loss. Since 2003, I have been an investigator for numerous nationwide clinical trials that have resulted in revolutionary treatments for the major blinding conditions in the United States: diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration, and retinal vein occlusions. This direct involvement in the development of medicines for blinding diseases means I am able to counsel patients about the latest available treatment options with expertise. My practice encompasses all aspects of retinal disorders, from the initial diagnostic process to treatment, as well as all age groups. Treatments can range from watchful waiting to major surgery. I take time to discuss the various options available so each patient can feel comfortable with the treatment eventually chosen. As each patient is always treated with compassion and respect, should the patient wish to change the treatment plan, we re-discuss the options and move forward with the alternative the patient feels is the most appropriate. Many tests performed in a retina specialist's office must be repeated at each visit. I always sit next to the patient so we can view the results together. This information then allows the patient to combine the test results with individual input and preference in selecting the treatment course. I encourage every patient to be involved in all aspects of care and am comfortable providing honest risk/benefit assessments to guide the patient's choice.Read more

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I have been providing medical and surgical care for patients with diseases of the retina and vitreous in Las Vegas...Read more

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Dr. Voo says...

I have been providing medical and surgical care for patients with diseases of the retina and vitreous in Las Vegas since 2005.  From 2005 until 2015, I was in a group practice then I opened my own private practice in October 2015.  

There are very few female Retina Specialists in the United States and I am very fortunate to have been chosen from hundreds of applicants to train at the nation's top eye centers: UCLA's Jules Stein Eye Institute for residency and the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute in Miami for Vitreoretinal Fellowship.

The additional 2 years of training as a Retina Specialist, beyond the 4 years after medical school for general ophthalmologists, means my area of expertise is diagnosis and treatment of any disorder that can cause blindness/vision loss.

It is frightening to patients to lose eyesight and I make sure each patient's experience with me is both educational and hopeful.  I believe that education about one's condition makes a patient feel more in charge of life and gives one power when losing vision makes one feel powerless.  Hope is the other feeling I give each patient, to see the visit as a positive action partnering with me to fight vision loss/blindness.  Even if the disease can't be stopped or cured, I view the patient and I as a team working together to slow or manage the loss.

Since 2003, I have been an investigator for numerous nationwide clinical trials that have resulted in revolutionary treatments for the major blinding conditions in the United States: diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration, and retinal vein occlusions. This direct involvement in the development of medicines for blinding diseases means I am able to counsel patients about the latest available treatment options with expertise.

My practice encompasses all aspects of retinal disorders, from the initial diagnostic process to treatment, as well as all age groups.  Treatments can range from watchful waiting to major surgery.  I take time to discuss the various options available so each patient can feel comfortable with the treatment eventually chosen.  As each patient is always treated with compassion and respect, should the patient wish to change the treatment plan, we re-discuss the options and move forward with the alternative the patient feels is the most appropriate.  

Many tests performed in a retina specialist's office must be repeated at each visit.  I always sit next to the patient so we can view the results together.  This information then allows the patient to combine the test results with individual input and preference in selecting the treatment course.  I encourage every patient to be involved in all aspects of care and am comfortable providing honest risk/benefit assessments to guide the patient's choice.

 

Dr. Voo's Care Philosophy

My area of expertise as a Retina Specialist is any disorder that can cause blindness/vision loss.  It is frightening to patients to lose eyesight and I make sure each patient's experience with me is both educational and hopeful.  I believe that education about one's condition makes a patient feel more in charge of life and gives one power when losing vision makes one feel powerless.  Hope is the other feeling I give each patient, to see the visit as a positive action partnering with me to fight vision loss/blindness.  Even if the disease can't be stopped or cured, I view the patient and I as a team working together to slow or manage the loss.

Since 2003, I have been an investigator for numerous nationwide clinical trials that have resulted in revolutionary treatments for the major blinding conditions in the United States: diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration, and retinal vein occlusions.  This direct involvement in the development of medicines for blinding diseases means I am able to counsel patients about the latest available treatment options with expertise.

My practice encompasses all aspects of retinal disorders, from the initial diagnostic process to treatment, as well as all age groups.  Treatments can range from watchful waiting to major surgery.  I take time to discuss the various options available so each patient can feel comfortable with the treatment eventually chosen.  As each patient is always treated with compassion and respect, should the patient wish to change the treatment plan, we re-discuss the options and move forward with the alternative the patient feels is the most appropriate.  

Many tests performed in a retina specialist's office must be repeated at each visit.  I always sit next to the patient so we can view the results together.  This information then allows the patient to combine the test results with individual input and preference in selecting the treatment course.  I encourage every patient to be involved in all aspects of care and am comfortable providing honest risk/benefit assessments to guide the patient's choice.

Dr. Voo says...

There are very few female Retina Specialists in the United States and I am very fortunate to have been chosen from hundreds of applicants to train at the nation's top eye centers: UCLA's Jules Stein Eye Institute for residency and the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute in Miami for Vitreoretinal Fellowship.

The additional 2 years of training as a Retina Specialist beyond the 4 years after medical school for general ophthalmologists means my area of expertise is diagnosis and treatment of any disorder that can cause blindness/vision loss.

Since 2003, I have been an investigator for numerous nationwide clinical trials that have resulted in revolutionary treatments for the major blinding conditions in the United States: diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration, and retinal vein occlusions.  This direct involvement in the development of medicines for blinding diseases means I am able to counsel patients about the latest available treatment options with expertise.

I have been in group private practice from 2005 to 2015 and am beginning an individual private practice in Las Vegas.

Dr. Voo says...

When a patient has such a severe retinal problem that it requires surgery, I am able to reassure each patient that in the past 10 years of private practice in Las Vegas, I have performed approximately 1,700 retinal surgeries at three hospitals: Summerlin Hospital, Sunrise Hospital, and St. Rose Hospital-Siena.  The total number of retinal laser procedures performed is also nearly 2,000.  My goals are always to ensure the maximum chance of success with only one surgery or laser treatment and in as painless a way as possible.

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  •  Specializes in Ophthalmology
  •  Board certified in Ophthalmology
  •  No malpractice claims found
  •  No sanctions found
  •  No board actions found

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  • Ophthalmology

Conditions Treated

  • Acute Endophthalmitis
  • Age-Related Macular Degeneration
  • Anterior Ischemic Optic Neuropathy
  • Areolar Atrophy of the Macula
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Autoimmune Eye Diseases
  • Benign Neoplasm of Choroid
  • Benign Neoplasm of Eye
  • Benign Tumor
  • Best's Disease
  • Bietti's Crystalline Dystrophy
  • Birdshot Chorioretinitis
  • Birthmark
  • Blind Hypotensive Eye
  • Blindness
  • Blurred Vision
  • Brain Disorders
  • Central Serous Chorioretinopathy
  • Chorioretinal Scars
  • Choroidal Neovascular Membranes (CNVM)
  • Cone Dystrophy
  • Cone Dystrophy, X-Linked, With Tapetal-Like Sheen
  • Cone Rod Dystrophy
  • Cytomegaloviral Retinitis
  • Degenerative Disorders of Globe
  • Diabetes-Like Retinal Edema
  • Diabetic Eye Disease
  • Diabetic Macular Edema (DME)
  • Diabetic Retinopathy
  • Difficulty Seeing at Night
  • Disseminated Chorioretinitis and Disseminated Retinochoroiditis
  • Dry Age-Related Macular Degeneration
  • Eales Disease
  • Endophthalmitis
  • Exudative Retinal Detachment
  • Exudative Retinopathy, Familial
  • Exudative Retinopathy, Familial, Autosomal Dominant
  • Exudative Retinopathy, Familial, Autosomal Recessive
  • Exudative Retinopathy, Familial, X - Linked, Recessive
  • Exudative Vitreoretinopathy
  • Eye Cancer
  • Eye Disease
  • Eye Infections
  • Floaters
  • Focal Chorioretinitis and Focal Retinochoroiditis
  • Foreign Body in Eye
  • Hypopyon
  • Intraocular Hemorrhage
  • Iridocyclitis
  • Iritis
  • Lattice Dystrophy
  • Leber Miliary Aneurysm
  • Lupus
  • Macular Degeneration
  • Macular Degeneration, Polymorphic
  • Macular Dystrophy, Atypical Vitelliform
  • Macular Dystrophy, Concentric Annular
  • Macular Dystrophy, Retinal, 2
  • Macular Dystrophy, Retinal, 3
  • Macular Dystrophy, Vitelliform, Adult-Onset
  • Macular Dystrophy, Vitelliform, Early-Onset
  • Macular Edema
  • Macular Hole
  • Macular Pucker
  • Multifocal Choroiditis
  • Nearsightedness
  • North Carolina Macular Dystrophy
  • Ocular Histoplasmosis Syndrome
  • Pars Planitis
  • Progressive High Myopia
  • Punctate Inner Choroidopathy
  • Purulent Endophthalmitis
  • Retained Intraocular Foreign Body, Non-Magnetic
  • Retina Diseases
  • Retina-Vitreous Disorders
  • Retinal Artery Occlusion
  • Retinal Degeneration
  • Retinal Degeneration - Nanophthalmos - Glaucoma
  • Retinal Detachment
  • Retinal Detachment With Break
  • Retinal Detachment and Retinal Tear
  • Retinal Disinsertion Syndrome
  • Retinal Dysplasia, X - Linked
  • Retinal Dystrophy
  • Retinal Edema
  • Retinal Hemorrhage
  • Retinal Migraine
  • Retinal Neovascularization
  • Retinal Scarring
  • Retinal Tear
  • Retinal Telangiectasia
  • Retinal Telangiectasia and Hypogammaglobulinemia
  • Retinal Vein Occlusion
  • Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP)
  • Retinitis Pigmentosa - Deafness - Mental Retardation - Hypogonadism
  • Retinitis Pigmentosa - Mental Retardation - Deafness
  • Retinitis Pigmentosa 1
  • Retinitis Pigmentosa 27
  • Retinitis Pigmentosa 29
  • Retinitis Pigmentosa Deafness Hypogenitalism
  • Retinitis Punctata Albescens
  • Retinopathy
  • Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP)
  • Retinoschisis
  • Retinoschisis of Fovea
  • Retinoschisis, Autosomal Dominant
  • Serpiginous Choroiditis
  • Stargardt Disease, Type 1
  • Stargardt Disease, Type 3
  • Stargardt Disease, Type 4
  • Stargardt's Disease
  • Sympathetic Ophthalmia
  • Thyroid Disease
  • Traction Detachment of Retina
  • Uveal Diseases
  • Uveitis
  • Uveitis and Iridocyclitis
  • Vascular Disease
  • Vascular Retinopathy
  • Vision Disorders
  • Vision Impairment
  • Visual Field Defects
  • Visual Migraine
  • Vitreous Detachment
  • Vitreous Hemorrhage
  • Wet Age-Related Macular Degeneration

Education

  • Medical School
    David Geffen School Of Medicine At UCLA, University Of California, Los Angeles

    Graduated in 1999

  • Internship Hospital
    UCLA/Olive View

    Completed in 2000

  • Residency Hospital
    UCLA Jules Stein Eye Institute

    Completed in 2003

  • Fellowship Hospital
    Bascom Palmer Eye Institute

    Completed in 2005

  • Undergraduate School
    University Of California, San Diego (Ucsd)

    Graduated in 1995

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Mandarin
  • Spanish

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Specialties

  • Ophthalmology

Procedures Performed

  • Argon Laser Treatment
  • Avastin® Injection
  • B-Scan Ultrasound
  • Cortisone Injection
  • Destruction of Lesion of Retina and Choroid
  • Eye Examination
  • Eye Injection
  • Eye Procedure
  • Eye Surgery
  • Lucentis® Injection
  • Macugen® Injection
  • Paracentesis of Anterior Eye
  • Repair of Retinal Detachment
  • Repair of Retinal Detachment or Retinal Tear
  • Retina and Vitreous Surgery
  • Retinal Laser Photocoagulation
  • Scleral Buckling
  • Vitrectomy
  • Vitrectomy (incl. Macular Hole Repair)
  • Vitreoretinal Surgery

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