Bryan James Schwent, M.D.

Dr. Schwent specializes in ophthalmology, specifically in the diagnosis and treatment of retina and vitreous diseases.


Dr. Schwent received a Bachelor of Science in biology from Truman State University with honors. He earned his Medical Degree with honors from Saint Louis University School of Medicine. He then completed his internship and residency in ophthalmology at Emory University School of Medicine. During his last year of residency, he was selected to serve as chief resident. He remained at the Emory Eye Center to complete a two-year fellowship in vitreoretinal surgery and diseases. Upon completing his training, Dr. Schwent joined the faculty at Emory as an assistant professor of ophthalmology. He is board-certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology


Dr. Schwent is a fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. His areas of expertise include retinal detachments, retinal vascular diseases, macular degeneration, macular surgery, diabetic retinopathy, retinopathy of prematurity, and uveitis.


Dr. Schwent's goal is to provide state of the art care of retinal diseases in a personalized way. Dr. Schwent's expertise is in diagnosis and treatment of retina and vitreous diseases, such as diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration, retina tears and detachment, retinal vascular diseases, uveitis and trauma. Dr. Schwent has two primary offices and three satellite offices conveniently located throughout central Virginia.

Personal Profile

Dr. Schwent is originally from St. Louis, MO. Dr. Schwent likes to snow ski, hike, kayak, hunt, and do all of the above with his wife, two kids, and dog.


2019 MEDARVA Patient Choice Award

2019 Patient Choice Award


The following procedures are performed by this doctor.

Age related macular degeneration

Age-related macular degeneration rarely causes blindness, but can cause permanent loss of your central vision making it difficult to see near and far. Age-related macular degeneration is a breakdown of the eye's macula, which is located in the retina.

Diabetic retinopathy

Diabetic retinopathy can lead to severe vision loss and in extreme cases, blindness. Diabetic retinopathy damages the blood vessels in the retina. It typically affects both eyes and occurs in people with Type I and Type II diabetes.

Dry eye/tear solutions

Tears lubricate and protect your eyes and help maintain clear vision. When too few or poor quality tears are produced, dry eye occurs, causing a gritty, uncomfortable feeling, with blurriness and a feeling of something lodged in the eye.

Flashes of light and floaters

Floaters are small specks that move in and out of your field of vision. They are typically more noticeable when looking at a plain background, such as a white wall. Floaters are tiny clumps of cells or materials that are inside the clear, gel-like fluid that fills the inside of your eye. When this gel pulls on the retina, a person may see flashing lights or lightning streaks - these are flashes.

Retinal detachment

Retinal detachment occurs when the retina becomes separated from the underlying supporting tissues. This is a very serious condition, and can cause severe or even permanent vision loss. When the retina becomes detached, it is unable to properly function.