A Deeper Look

The retina is the multi-layered tissue that lines the back of the eye. This part of the eye is important because it captures light rays and converts them into images. Retinal tissue is delicate and if damaged, it may lose its ability to perform this function, which can reduce vision from a mild degree or more significantly causing blindness.  


Avoiding Vision Loss

VisionAmerica’s team of retina specialists is experienced in early diagnosis and effective treatment of a wide range of retinal diseases. If possible, seek help as soon as you suspect any potential eye problem occurring. Earlier detection is key to see better results in treatment.

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Macular Degeneration (AMD)

As we grow older, we have more things to worry about- like our health. Your eyes are something you want to watch out for. Age-Related Macular Degeneration occurs when the central part of the retina, or the macula, is gradually deteriorating. Things to note:

  • Mostly affects older people
  • Leading cause of blindness for people over the age of 65
  • Early signs include blurred, distorted vision and shadowy areas in the center of the eye


Diabetic Retinopathy

Are you diabetic? Diabetic retinopathy is a result of elevated blood sugar levels that causes blood vessels in the eyes to weaken. Symptoms and side effects include:

  • Bleeding in the eyes
  • Retinal swelling
  • Severe retinal damage
  • Complete vision loss

It is crucial that diabetics receive an eye exam at least once a year. VisionAmerica’s leaders are dedicated to helping you detect diabetic retinopathy in the early stages and will continue to monitor the condition’s progression. Diabetic eye disease is the leading cause of preventable blindness in working-aged Americans. Medication, laser treatment or surgery may be required to help depending on the severity of your condition.


Retinal Tear/Detachment

The back of the eye is filled with a gel, called the vitreous, which is attached to the retina. If the vitreous pulls on the retina, it can cause it to tear. If this happens, you may see sudden flashes of light or see a sudden shower of floaters. If fluid leaks under the tear, the retina can detach from the back of the eye, which required immediate attention as this may cause permanent loss of vision.

Retinal Detachment Detection and Treatment:

VisionAmerica will examine you for retinal tears by placing drops in your eyes to dilate your pupil. We will use special methods to look for damage to the retina.

Retinal Tear Risks:

  • Serious eye injuries and traumas
  • Areas of thinning in the retina
  • Significant nearsightedness

Reattachment Methods:

  • Retinal laser surgery
  • Surgery

Retinal Laser Surgery:

A laser can be used to seal around the tear in the retina to stop fluid from getting behind the retina and keep it from detaching. The laser can also be used to sea around areas of thinning or weak spots in the retina to reduce chances of developing a retinal detachment before it happens.

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