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Your Retina Is Essential for Vision

The retina is crucial for helping you see, converting light into neural signals for visual recognition. However, certain conditions can damage your retina and macula, affecting your vision. Without proper intervention, these conditions can worsen your eyesight and lower your quality of life. 

At Center For Sight, we can help care for your retina and vision. Our vitreoretinal specialists can diagnose any problems and provide treatment options to help preserve your vision. 

Macular Degeneration Can Permanently Damage Your Vision

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a common condition that affects your central vision. It occurs when the macula begins to thin with age. While AMD does not cause blindness, it can affect your vision and impact your ability to drive, read, and recognize faces. 

There are 2 types of AMD: 

  • Dry AMD: The most common form of this condition, dry AMD causes the tissue in the macula to thin and lose the cells needed for vision.
  • Wet AMD: Wet AMD is less common but more severe, occurring when abnormal blood vessels leak fluid and blood into the macula. Wet AMD is a medical emergency requiring care as soon as possible. 

Common Retinal Issues

Besides AMD, other conditions can affect the retina. Many can significantly affect your vision if they’re left untreated. Our experienced doctors can offer recommendations for treatment after conducting a comprehensive eye exam. 

Diabetic Retinopathy

Diabetic retinopathy occurs when diabetes damages the blood vessels, leading to blurry, distorted vision and potential blindness. This disease has 2 stages: nonproliferative and proliferative.

As blood vessels in the retina become damaged, they can close off. New, abnormal blood vessels grow, known as neovascularization. These weak blood vessels can bleed into the retina and may develop scar tissue.

Diabetic retinopathy can cause blurry, darkened, or cloudy vision. Laser photocoagulation, vitrectomy, and cryotherapy are potential treatments for this condition.

A macula pucker is an eye condition where your vision becomes wavy or distorted. It occurs when wrinkles, creases, or bulges form in the macula. As the vitreous pulls away from the macula, scar tissue may develop.

The warping and contracting of this scar tissue can cause the retina to wrinkle and bulge. Vitrectomy surgery can help remove scar tissue if you experience significant vision loss.

A macula hole is a small break in the macula, causing blurred and distorted vision. This condition occurs when the shrinking vitreous adheres to the macula. The macula tissue then stretches and tears after several weeks or months.

Macula holes progressively worsen your vision at distant and close range. Vitrectomy surgery is the most effective treatment to repair a macular hole.

Posterior vitreous detachment (PVD) is a condition that occurs with age. The vitreous can change with time, becoming more liquid-like. It shrinks and pulls away from the back of the eye.

PVDs typically do not cause significant problems, but there is the chance for a retinal tear or detachment if this condition is left untreated. Symptoms of this condition include:

  • Flashes of light
  • New floaters
  • A shadow in your peripheral vision
  • A gray curtain moving across your visual field

Retinal Care

The retina is the delicate, light-sensitive tissue that covers the interior wall of the eye. It is essential for helping you see images, and damage to the retina can significantly impact your vision. 

If you’re experiencing vitreoretinal problems, one of our specialists can help. Our state-of-the-art technology helps the Center For Sight team diagnose vitreoretinal problems and offer treatment recommendations, such as scleral buckling.

Protect Your Vision at Center For Sight

Problems affecting the retina and macula can permanently damage your vision, but early diagnosis and treatment can help protect your sight. Our Center For Sight specialists can help diagnose and treat these conditions. Contact us and find out how we can help preserve your vision. 

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