Protecting Your Retina Also Protects Your Vision
Retina damage can cause permanent vision loss, but our team is here to help protect your sight using the latest retina treatment technology.
Our doctors understand how important your retina is to your vision. By observing your retina during a comprehensive eye exam, we can detect a range of eye diseases and conditions, allowing us to create a treatment and prevention plan right for your needs.
Find out how we can help when you book an appointment with Lake Eye Associates today.
What Does the Retina Do?
The retina is a thin lining located at the back of your eye. It’s responsible for collecting the light that enters through your lens, turning it into signals your brain can interpret as sight. The retina also houses various other structures that are essential to how you see, including the macula and the optic disc (where the optic nerve connects to the back of the eye).
Depending on your age, health, and family medical history, you may have a risk of developing diseases or conditions that can affect your retina. If these issues develop for long enough, they can cause permanent vision loss.
Your retina is supported by fluid in your eye called the vitreous humor. As you get older, the vitreous humor can retract and pull away from the fibers in your retina, potentially increasing the risk of several retinal problems.
Retina Conditions & Diseases
Treating retinal diseases and conditions ultimately depends on the issue you’re developing and its severity. Some treatments include:
In many cases, prevention is the best way to preserve your sight from retinal problems. We can recommend several strategies when you come in for your comprehensive eye exam.
Diabetic retinopathy is a common eye disease associated with diabetes. This disease affects the blood vessels in your retina, causing them to leak fluids. These fluids can damage your retina and lead to permanent vision loss.
Please visit our Diabetic Eye Exams page to learn more about diabetic retinopathy.
Age-Related Macular Degeneration
Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is one of the most common eye diseases affecting adults over 55. AMD affects a part of your eye called the macula, which is responsible for providing the vision you use to see sharp central details.
2 types of AMD exist:
- Dry AMD, which thins the macula over time. Research suggests that a lipid called drusen is responsible for thinning the macula as you age.
- Wet AMD, which occurs when abnormal blood vessels form underneath the macula and leak fluids. Wet AMD can lead to emergency symptoms like sudden vision loss.
Retinal Tears & Detachments
Retinal tears and detachments are some of the most severe eye problems you can develop. The risk of experiencing these issues can increase with age, high nearsightedness, eye disease, or previous eye surgery.
Retinal tears and detachments occur when the retina pulls away from the layer of blood vessels that nourish it. When your retina detaches, you may see flashes and floaters and experience gradual or sudden vision loss.
As your vitreous humor pulls away from the retina with age, it can also affect the centermost part of your retina called the macula, creating a macular hole.
Fluids that replace your vitreous humor can also seep through your macular hole, leading to central vision problems like blurriness. Over time, it can lead to permanent vision loss.
Your risk of developing a macular hole can increase if you have high nearsightedness, eye injuries, or existing retinal detachment problems.
Keep Your Vision Clear, Comfortable, & Crisp
Your retina is the home of many systems that supply your vision. By keeping an eye on your retina’s health, you can help keep your vision clear and crisp for many years to come.
Learn how we can support your retina by booking an appointment with us.
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