Retinal disease is one of the leading causes of vision loss. The retina can be affected with various kinds of problems and the treatment varies, depending upon the nature of the problem. A retina specialist is an ophthalmologist who has received special training in conditions which involve the vitreous body and retina of the eye. A retina specialist treats a wide range of eye conditions, dealing with both adults and children. The services of a vitreo-retinal specialist may be recommended to a patient with an eye condition which cannot be cared for by a general ophthalmologist.
The retina is a light-sensitive area in the back of the eye, and it includes the macula, a structure which appears as a small dot inside the retina. Damage to the retina can lead to blindness or vision interruption, such as black spots or floaters. The vitreous body is a clear gel which fills the space between the retina and the lens, and it changes its consistency throughout life. Both structures can be subject to a number of conditions, including problems caused by trauma to the eye, inherited or congenital conditions, and diseases of the eye which appear later in life.
Macular degeneration and Diabetic Retinopathy are common retina-related problems. These diseases can lead to blindness if not treated. Degenerative diseases are not the only ones that affect the retina and thereby vision. Although rare, the retina can also be affected due to malnutrition and a lack of Vitamin A in the diet. Retinal surgery, laser treatments, and intraocular injections are common solutions to many who are bordering on losing vision due to retinal issues.
Making The Most of the Vision You Have
For those with poor vision, and to help get the most out of the vision you do have, our doctors can provide consultation and recommendation for staying active and independent. We frequently refer patients to low vision specialists who can prescribe special lenses, special equipment, and training to help with everyday tasks.