The retina is “the film in the camera” a paper-thin tissue that lines the back of the eye and sends visual signals to the brain. The highly specialized area in the middle of the retina we refer to as the macula. The macula is made up of millions of light-sensing cells that collectively produce central vision.
Common retinal eye conditions that may develop as a result of age are Diabetic Retinopathy and Macular Degeneration. Early detection and proper management of these conditions are key to preventing vision loss. On-site retina sub-specialists in ocular complications of diabetes, age-related macular degeneration, retinal detachments, and ocular inflammatory diseases are available to offer modern medical and surgical solutions to protect and treat your vision.
Diabetic Retinopathy is a condition caused by diabetes where high blood sugar levels can damage the blood vessels throughout the body. This also includes the fine vessels of the retina. Patients may suffer from one of two types of diabetic retinopathy. Either Nonproliferative Diabetic Retinopathy (NPDR) and Proliferative Diabetic Retinopathy (PDR).
Macular degeneration is a condition that results as part of the natural aging process. It occurs when a patients macula deteriorates causing their central vision to become blurry, dark, or distorted. Damage, however, to the central vision can affect the patient’s ability to see near and far and can make some activities difficult or impossible to enjoy.
Flashes and Floaters
Flashers are the appearance of bright lights at the edge of your vision that is a result of tension between the vitreous gel and the retina. Additionally, floaters are small clumps of cells, pigments, or gel matrix that float inside the vitreous of a patients eye that casts shadows on the retina.
In addition, we offer the latest, most advanced diagnostic and laser treatment technology. This also includes optical coherence tomography for diagnosing macular edema and digital fluorescein angiography. This imaging system allows us to carefully analyze and treat diabetic retinopathy.