Experience Visionary Retina Care


At Retina Specialty Institute, we want you to see the difference our caring retina specialty team can make in your life. From personalized attention in the office to world-class expertise in the operating room—and even a friendly wave on the street—we’re more than just your retina doctor. We’re your trusted partner in saving your sight. And, here’s why.

Experience—Southeast’s Most Experienced Retina Physicians

Retina Specialty Institute physicians hold ourselves to a higher standard. We hire only the most-skilled, board-certified and fellowship-trained physicians to be part of your care team, including Drs. Sunil Gupta, Maggie Shuler, John Myers, Ryan Tarantola, Anne Barañano, and Muge Kesen. We’ve trained at some of the most prestigious ophthalmology programs in the country, have more than 85 combined years of expertise and a proven track record of success. 

Innovation—Leading the Way in Advanced Retina Treatments

We are proud to be among the top national sites for the most coveted clinical trials. This gives our patients access to the newest, most advanced treatments both in the pharmaceutical and device space for a variety of eye diseases such as Age-Related Wet Macular Degeneration (Wet AMD), Diabetic Retinopathy (DME), Retinal Vein Occlusion (BRVO/CRVO) and Vitromacular Traction Syndrome (VMT), the leading causes of blindness. We are extremely excited for the next generation of clinical trials which are utilizing stem sell and gene therapies.

Compassion—Caring for Patients Like Family

More than just medicine, we are committed to treating all patients like family. Each patient receives personal attention and a customized treatment plan that’s thoughtfully explained. Patients also enjoy using our Patient Portal for convenient access to medical records, prescription information, appointment scheduling and more. Should an emergent vision-threatening event occur, you can rest assured that Retina Specialty Institute provides around-the-clock emergency coverage. We will be here for you when you need us the most.

Trust—Preserving Vision for More than 20 Years

Retina Specialty Institute was founded by national recognized retinal surgeon Sunil Gupta, M.D, in 1998 in Pensacola, Florida. The mission? Offering patients the best possible opportunity for saving their sight through quality, personal and innovative retinal care. More than 20 years and tens of thousands of happy patients later, the mission continues with the same unwavering passion.

Quality—Paving the Way for Improved Health Care Delivery

As a data-driven team, we research, collect and quantify real data to evaluate and help ensure quality outcomes for our current and future patients. Further, our physicians serve on numerous retinal advisory boards for pharmaceutical companies and are front and center on crafting and implementing programs that in the next phase of health care will serve the triple-aim of quality, access to care and delivering value-based medicine.


Diagnosing Preventable Diabetic Blindness


In 2011, after treating patient after patient with preventable diabetic blindness, nationally-recognized retinal surgeon, Dr. Sunil Gupta, created IRIS with the mission of diagnosing eye disease early enough to treat it and stop the progression of vision loss. He believed that through innovative and forward-thinking preventative care systems it would be possible to save the sight of millions of patients. 

Today, IRIS exists for that simple reason: To improve people’s lives. For every member of our team, it’s about more than making a product. It’s about improving outcomes and changing futures.

Find out how IRIS is leading the way and building a Diabetic Retinopathy Prediction Application using Azure Machine Learning. This recent blog post from Microsoft (a partner organisation) gives an in depth review of our latest findings from this breakthrough research.