Response to the Covid-19 Pandemic

As you all know, the Covid-19 virus is affecting our lives in many ways. As a specialty healthcare provider, the personal safety of our patients and staff are our top priority.

We are following the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) protocol. Here are the steps CRI is taking to protect the health and safety of our patients and employees:

  • CRI physicians wear masks at all times during patient contact.
  • If anyone has a temperature, has been out of the country in the last 14 days, or has been in contact with anyone that has a confirmed diagnosis of coronavirus, they are asked to reschedule their appointment.
  • We are asking patient’s family/guest to wait in the car until it is time their exam.
  • We are seeing patients that require monthly injections or risk losing their vision. We are scheduling surgery for patients with retinal detachments or other emergent diagnoses.
  • If you experience any new visual disturbance, light flashes, peripheral vision loss or eye pain, we will see you immediately.

Our physicians are on call 24 hours a day. If you have a need or concern, please call our office at 901-767-4499.

Charles Retina Institute Physicians and Staff


Located in Germantown, Tennessee, and founded by Dr. Steve Charles in 1984. Charles Retina Institute is one of the world’s foremost retinal clinics, specializing in vitreoretinal diseases and surgery.


  • Retinal Detachments
  • Diabetic Retinopathy
  • Macular Holes
  • Proliferative Vitreoretinopathy
  • Age-Related Macular Degeneration
  • Epimacular Membranes
  • Retinopathy of Prematurity
  • World leaders and authors in retinal surgery
  • Worldwide access
  • Commitment to top medical technology
  • Ethical and compassionate care
  • Integrated care with your eye and medical doctors


(901) 767-4499

(800) 423-0404

Appointments | (901) 767-4499 or (800) 423-0404

Charles Retina Institute Around the World

We are known internationally for our quality of care, surgical expertise, technology development, research, and teaching. Our physicians have treated patients from all 50 states and over 40 foreign countries. Doctors from around the world refer their patients to the Charles Retina Institute, and many of them visit us for advanced surgical training.

“I just think you have a moral imperative to get out there in the world and work hard, especially if you have a particular skill set.”

-Dr. Steve Charles