The retina is the innermost nerve layer that lines the back of the eye. Many ophthalmologists compare this to the film of a camera. The retina is responsible for processing the images projected onto it and then the optic nerve transmits this to the brain. The retina is susceptible to many types of diseases that we will detail in the web pages of this section.
What is a retina specialist?
A retina specialist is a medical doctor trained as an ophthalmologist, who has received additional fellowship training in diseases and surgery of the vitreous and retina. As mentioned previously, the retina is a very sensitive part of the eye that requires special attention when in danger. Damage to your retina can cause blindness. Much of the treatment work done by retina specialists involves: macular degeneration, diabetic eye disease, retinal detachments, uveitis, and flashes or floaters.
What are the common problems associated with the retina?
1. Retinal Detachment
2. Macular Degeneration
3. Diabetic Eye Disease
4. Flashes & Floaters
5. Macular Edema
6. Retinitis Pigmentosa
What do I do if I have been told I have issues with the retina?
The retina is one of the most sensitive parts of the eye. If you have been told that you have retina eye problems or have been told that you have macular degeneration, macular edema, diabetic eye disease, or a retinal detachment you will have to seek the immediate retina specialist.
A retinal detachment is a very serious problem that almost always causes blindness unless it is treated. As a person’s normal eye ages the vitreous gel contracts and then becomes more liquid. As the vitreous gel becomes more liquid it may pull on the retina and create a retinal tear (and then tear.) When fluid passes through a tear, it will lift the retina from the back of the eye creating (making) a retinal detachment.
Your eye doctor has ways to assess your risk for developing glaucoma and can prescribe treatments to help prevent or delay vision loss if you have glaucoma.