What are Retinal Diseases and Conditions?
The retina is the light-sensitive tissue lining the inside of the eye. It is made up of millions of individual cells and captures light after it enters the eye. This visual information is then transferred to the brain via the optic nerve. Retinal diseases and conditions are those which localize to the retina and/or surrounding tissues.
What Retinal Diseases and Conditions does VitreoRetinal Surgery, PA treat?
Our Physicians of VitreoRetinal Surgery, PA offer treatments for a variety of diseases and conditions, including (but not limited to):
What Symptoms Should I Look For?
Anyone who experiences symptoms of retinal disease should schedule a comprehensive eye exam with an experienced retinal specialist. Common symptoms of retinal diseases include:
- Blurry vision
- Loss of vision
- Distorted vision (straight lines appear wavy)
- Loss of peripheral (side) vision
- Flashing lights
- Eye pain
- Eye redness
Retinal diseases may affect either one eye or both eyes. A prompt evaluation by a retinal specialist should be scheduled if any of these symptoms occur.
When is Surgery Necessary?
Retinal specialists are trained to offer a broad spectrum of treatment options to patients, depending on their specific situation. Some retinal conditions, such as age-related macular degeneration, retinal vein occlusion, and diabetic retinopathy, are primarily managed in the office with eye injections or laser. Other conditions, such as inflammatory disease, may be treated with eye drops, injections, or oral medications. Surgical treatment is generally required for diseases such as retinal detachment, epiretinal membrane, macular hole, severe infections, vitreous hemorrhage, and trauma.
Retinal Surgery Risks
The surgeons at VitreoRetinal Surgery, PA strive to keep the risks of surgery as low as possible. That being said, there are inherent risks to all medical procedures and these risks are influenced by several factors. Your surgeon will discuss the risks and benefits of your specific procedure with you. Some examples of surgical risks include:
- Blurred vision
- Double vision
- Anesthesia complication
- Droopy eyelid or other eyelid complication
- Retinal detachment
Consultation and close collaboration with a retinal specialist is vital in order to achieve optimal patient outcomes. Patients can expect to receive thorough and compassionate care from us. We also strive to ensure that patients have realistic expectations regarding their individual prognosis. We are happy to answer any questions that may arise during consultation and throughout the treatment period.