Retinal Disease: See the Best So You Can See Your Best
As we age, the chances increase of our eyes developing complicated retinal problems. It is important to stay aware of early symptoms as they relate to the retina. The thin inner lining at the back of the eye, the retina, contains millions of light-sensitive cells and nerve tissue that are largely responsible for your ability to see. Anything affecting this area can harm your vision.
Our Retina Specialty Group are leaders in clinical care, research and education. We have trained many of the ophthalmologists in this region – the next generation of eye doctors. Our group of retinal specialists diagnose and treat various different retinal diseases and conditions, many of which share common symptoms and require complex treatments. The goal is always to stop or slow the disease and preserve, improve or restore vision.
Our approach includes a multi-specialty and integrated subspecialty team model for complex cases, so patients get the best collective opinion of our on-staff specialists. Additionally, the research division of Sabates Eye Centers is actively enrolled in clinical trials involving retinal diseases that are available for qualified patients.
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Diabetic retinopathy is a complication of diabetes in which extended high blood sugar levels cause damage to vessels of the retina. It’s the most common cause of irreversible blindness in working-age Americans and occurs in more than half of all diabetics. Several treatments are available, including small medication injections into the eye, laser treatments, and vitreous and retina surgery. Regular exams are important for both prevention and treatment. Learn more about diabetic retinopathy symptoms, diagnosis and treatment/prognosis.
Age-Related Macular Degeneration
Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a problem with your central retina. It happens when a part of the retina called the macula is damaged. Symptoms that can appear as the disease progresses are distortion (bending) of straight lines, a decrease in the intensity or brightness of colors, blurred or distorted central vision or a gradual or sudden loss of center vision. Visual loss can be slowed down and sometimes reversed with early detection and treatment. Learn more about age-related macular degeneration symptoms, diagnosis and treatment.
The retina lines the back wall of the eye. It’s responsible for absorbing and converting light into an electrical signal sent to the brain via the optic nerve, allowing you to see. Several conditions may lead to a retinal detachment wherein the retina separates from the back wall of the eye. Signs that can indicate a retinal tear include seeing flashes and floaters. Prompt evaluation by an ophthalmologist may find the retinal tear before it causes a retinal detachment. Learn more about retinal-detachment symptoms, diagnosis, treatment and prognosis/recovery.
In the central portion of the retina is a small area called the macula that provides all of the sharp central vision for activities such as reading and driving. Macular holes may occur as the result of age-related traction on the macula, from trauma or inflammation, from diabetic eye disease or from other factors. Patients who develop macular holes most commonly notice a gradual decline in the central (straight ahead) vision of the affected eye. Learn more about macular hole symptoms, diagnosis, treatment and prognosis/recovery.