About Us



Sight is Precious


It is the one sense we rely on most heavily. We at Retina Associates believe that good eyesight is important to a well-rounded life, and to that end we are devoting ourselves. We hope that, with the aid of our professional training and the latest medical technology, your visit to us will be a positive experience—comfortable, informative and pleasant.

Our Practice


The Retina Associates practice is limited to disorders of the retina and vitreous. Most commonly this includes retinal tears and detachment, diabetes-related eye disorders, macular degeneration, eye injuries, vitreous problems and tumors inside the eye. Each M.D., Medical Doctor has additional special training in the diagnosis, medical and surgical treatment of diseases of the retina and vitreous; all have had extensive experience.

It is important for patients and their families to be fully informed about their eyes and any problems they may be experiencing as well as the treatment for them. We are happy to provide brochures and to show video tapes that may apply to your specific eye condition.

In addition, Doctors Javid, Harris, Saavedra and Walsh make a special effort to explain each phase of diagnosis and treatment to patients. Our personnel and equipment are specially selected to benefit our patients. All doctors are Board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology.

What to Expect


Your first visit will last approximately two hours, so please allow that much time in order that we may assess your visual problems properly. Follow-up examinations generally take less time. On your first visit we will open your file with a medical history, insurance information and the names of your referring and personal doctors.

You will then undergo a full eye examination with the emphasis on the retina and vitreous problems for which you were referred to us. Please remember it is necessary to dilate your pupils to have a retinal evaluation, therefore we prefer you have someone who can transport you after the appointment. Also you will need to have dark glasses to protect your eyes against the bright Arizona sunlight. If necessary, we can provide disposable sun shields.

It is part of our routine to keep your referring doctors informed of your progress. A complete report will be sent after your examination and during any necessary therapeutic program. For your protection additional reports require your written authorization. All our doctors are under contract with many health care providers and are participating physicians with Medicare.

Please be reassured that we will cooperate with you in all financial matters.

 

Dr. Cameron Javid

Doctor of ophthalmology Dr. Cameron Javid

Dr. Javid was born in Washington State and raised in Montana. He received his medical degree from the University of Illinois, followed by Internship at Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Arizona, and completed an Ophthalmology residency at Tulane University Medical Center in New Orleans. Following residency training he performed his retina fellowship at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary/Harvard Medical School, Boston. He is certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and has been practicing in Tucson since 1999. Dr Javid also takes an active role in training Ophthalmology residents and medical students from the University of Arizona.


Current Academic Appointment:



Clinical Associate Professor of Ophthalmology, University of Arizona, College of Medicine

Professional Memberships:


American Society of Retina Specialists
American Academy of Ophthalmology
American College of Surgeons
American Medical Association
Arizona Ophthalmology Society
Arizona State Medical Society
Pima County Medical Society
American College of Physician Executives
International Society of Ocular Oncology



 

Dr. April Harris

Dr. April HarrisDr. Harris was born in Nebraska and raised in Kansas. She received her medical degree from the University of Texas at Dallas, followed by Internship at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida, and completed an Ophthalmology residency at Louisiana State University in New Orleans. Following residency training, she performed her retina fellowship at the University of Texas at Dallas. She is certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and has been practicing in Tucson since 2004. Prior to her arrival in Tucson, she was in private practice for two years in Vermont.

Professional Memberships:

American Society of Retina Specialists
American Academy of Ophthalmology
American Medical Association
Arizona Medical Association
Arizona Ophthalmology Society
Pima County Medical Society



 

Dr. Egbert Saavedra

Dr. Egbert SaavedraDr. Saavedra received his medical degree from the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond, VA. This was followed by internship at Riverside Regional Medical Center in Newport News, Virginia and Ophthalmology residency at Cole Eye Institute/Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Cleveland, OH. Following residency, Dr. Saavedra completed a fellowship in medical and surgical retina at the Wilmer Eye Institute/Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, MD. Dr. Saavedra is certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and has been practicing in Tucson since 2006.

Professional Memberships:


American Society of Retina Specialists
American Academy of Ophthalmology
American Medical Association
Arizona Medical Association
Arizona Ophthalmology Society
Pima County Medical Society



 

Dr. Mark Walsh

Dr. Mark WalshDr. Walsh was born and raised in Ohio and received his medical degree and PhD from Washington University. This was followed by an internship at St. Francis Hospital in Evanston, IL and Ophthalmology residency at the Wilmer Eye Institute/Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, MD. Following residency Dr. Walsh completed his retina fellowship at Associated Retinal Consultants in Royal Oak, MI. As a Clinical Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology he participates in resident education. He is certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology. He has been practicing in Tucson since 2009.

Professional Memberships:


American Society of Retina Specialists
American Academy of Ophthalmology
Johns Hopkins Medical & Surgical Association
American Medical Association
Arizona Medical Association
Arizona Ophthalmology Society
Pima County Medical Society


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