Retinal Conditions and Diseases
The retina is the thin layer of tissue located in the back of the eye. It is responsible for converting light into signals that are carried to the brain so they can then be converted into an image. When the retina becomes damaged or diseased, clear vision can be compromised up to the point of blindness.
As a comprehensive eye care practice, Visual Health is the trusted choice for patients seeking diagnosis and treatment for an array of diseases and disorders involving the retina. Our board certified ophthalmologists are equipped with the training and knowledge necessary to stop or slow down the progression of retinal conditions in order to preserve healthy vision. To learn more about the retinal conditions we treat, please schedule an appointment with our team and continue reading.
Floaters and Flashes
Floaters are visual disturbances that can appear in the form of tiny lines, spots or cobwebs. They are a result of gel particles that break off and float around in the vitreous (the clear liquid found in the retina). Flashes are flickers of light that appear in the vision. Both floaters and flashes are usually benign and do not require any treatment. However, the onset of floaters and sudden flashes can be a sign of a retinal tear or detachment. If you experience sudden, ongoing floaters and flashes in your vision, you are advised to seek medical treatment immediately.
Retinal Detachment, Tears or Holes
Retinal tears and holes in the retina can occur as a result of the vitreous thinning and separating from the retina. In more serious cases, the vitreous fluid can seep through the retina and pull it from its position in the back of the eye, causing detachment. If left untreated, retinal detachment can cause blindness.
Macular degeneration (also known as age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a disease characterized by the gradual breakdown of the macula (the portion of the retina responsible for central vision), leading to vision loss. Although AMD cannot be cured, it can be managed in order to slow down its progression and preserve vision.
Diabetic retinopathy is a complication of diabetes. It occurs when unstable levels of blood sugar damage the blood vessels located in the retina as well as the optic nerve. If left untreated, diabetic retinopathy can cause severe vision loss and even blindness.
Diagnosing and Treating Retinal Conditions
Retinal conditions are detected and diagnosed by a board certified ophthalmologist via a comprehensive dilated eye exam. The eye doctor will dilate the eye in order to check the eye’s internal structures, including the retina. Upon diagnosing a retinal condition, the doctor will discuss with you your treatment options.
At Visual Health, we offer several leading-edge solutions to treat and manage retinal conditions. Depending on your condition and the severity of your symptoms, we may recommend prescription medicine, injections or surgery (traditional or laser-assisted surgery).
To learn more about the retinal disorders and conditions we diagnose and treat, please schedule an appointment with Visual Health. Contact our Palm Springs or Jupiter office by calling 1-800-771-3937.