7 Common Conditions Treated by Retina Specialists

You count on your eye doctor to keep you seeing clearly. In fact, eye doctors (ophthalmologists) perform a host of important functions — from eye exams, to prescribing medications, and doing eye surgery. But there are times when an eye problem requires even further specialized care. For these situations, a retina specialist is needed.

Retina specialists are experts in conditions of the retina (the layer of light-sensitive cells at the back of the eyeball that trigger nerve impulses that pass from the optic nerve to the brain) and the vitreous (the gel-like substance that helps the eye maintain its round shape). At the office of Retina Group of Washington – Maryland – Silver Spring, our skilled team of professionals will diagnose and treat a wide range of retinal and vitreous diseases using state-of-the-art equipment.

Conditions treated by retina specialists

  1. Retinal detachment: Tears occur when the vitreous pulls away from the retina. Liquid that passes through the tear and settles under the retina can separate the retina from the back wall of the eye, resulting in a retinal detachment.
  2. Diabetic retinopathy: A potentially blinding complication of diabetes that damages the retina. It occurs when tiny retinal blood vessels become damaged from diabetes and begin to leak fluid or blood, resulting in blurred vision.
  3. Age-related macular degeneration (AMD): One of the most common eye diseases treated by retina specialists. The condition is associated with aging, and it is the leading cause of blindness among people over the age of 50 in America. AMD gradually destroys sharp, central vision.
  4. Macular hole/pucker: Scar-like tissue can damage the tiny portion of the retina responsible for seeing fine details clearly.
  5. Retinal vein occlusion: A blockage of the small veins that carry blood away from the retina.
  6. Cancers of the eye: Although uncommon, cancers can affect the outer parts of the eye, such as the eyelid or the inside the eyeball.
  7. Severe eye trauma: Accidents that involve a puncture wound or foreign body being lodged in the eye run the risk of damaging the eye and/or vision.

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At the office of Retina Group of Washington – Maryland – Silver Spring, we’re dedicated to providing the highest quality of skilled and compassionate eye care. For more information on our office and the many services that we provide, give us a call today.

Retina Specialist in Silver Spring

Retina Specialist in Silver Spring

Diabetic Retinopathy in Silver Spring

Many ailments of other parts of the body can manifest themselves as a problem of the eyes. One such disease is diabetes, the inability of the body to control the amount of sugar in the blood. Diabetes causes a disorder in the eye called diabetic retinopathy, which is the leading cause of blindness among working-age adults. The retina of the eye is damaged when the blood vessels are affected, new vessels may form and start to leak or hemorrhage. The Retina Group of Washington is the retina specialist in Silver Spring. Our doctors have extensive experience evaluating and treating patients with diabetic eye disorders.

Until the condition gets to an advanced state there maybe no symptoms of retinopathy that the sufferer notices. When it gets to an advanced state vision becomes blurry and may fluctuate. In proliferative diabetic retinopathy the formation of new bleeding blood vessels causes specks or large floaters that can block vision. A comprehensive eye exam as part of diabetic eye care by our retina specialist in Silver Spring is the best way to diagnose diabetic retinopathy. Our doctor will dilate the eyes and may perform a fluorescein dye test and/or an optical coherence tomogram, which is a photo of the detailed cross-section of the macula to diagnose diabetic retinopathy. Certainly, anybody diagnosed with diabetes should have their eyes checked by our doctor for diabetic retinopathy but many times it works the other way when our eye exam discovers early signs of the retinopathy, which then leads to the patient going to his primary care doctor to diagnose possible diabetes.

Diabetic eye care by our retina specialist in Silver Spring recommends prevention as the best way to handle diabetic retinopathy. Frequent eye examinations and control of blood sugar and diabetes can prevent the disease from occurring. Once the disease has been detected and starts to advance laser surgery is often used to stop the blood vessels from leaking. The goal of laser surgery is to allow the excess fluid to be reabsorbed and to prevent further vision loss. Steroids and anti-VEGF medications are also used to control retinopathy. Unfortunately, there is no way to restore the vision that has already been lost to diabetic retinopathy. If you have been diagnosed with diabetes or see specks floating before your eyes make an appointment to be evaluated by our doctor as soon as possible.

The Retina Group of Washington
8630 Fenton Street, Suite 1104
Silver Spring, MD 20910
(301) 495-2357