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By Brandon Eye Associates
May 04, 2021
Category: Ophthalmology
Tags: Retina  

It’s important to catch retinal conditions and problems early to prevent vision loss.

The retina is a layer of tissue in the back of the eye that processes light and sends these signals to the brain to be able to recognize what you’re seeing. If the retina is damaged or diseased in any way this can lead to blindness. This is why it’s important not to skip out on that annual eye exam with our Brandon, FL, eye doctors. By catching problems of the retina early we can prevent or slow vision loss.

Some of the most common retina problems include,

Tear in the Retina

A retinal tear can occur as a result of trauma, nearsightedness, or age, and warning signs include sudden floaters in your vision or a peppering of black spots. You may also notice flashes of light. Any changes to your vision must be examined by our Brandon, FL, eye doctors right away to look for damage or problems with the retina.

Treatment: It is important to catch a tear before it has the possibility of detachment. Laser therapy or cryotherapy is often used to repair the tear.

Retinal Detachment

When tears form in the retina, this can also increase your risk for retinal detachment and loss of vision. If a tear isn’t caught soon enough this can lead to a retinal detachment. Signs of a retinal detachment include,

  • Floaters
  • Flashes in vision
  • Blurry vision
  • Reduction in peripheral vision

Again, these are issues that you need to address right away. This is considered an emergency so call our eye doctors here in Brandon, Sun City Center, or Plant City, FL, right away.

Treatment: The treatment option we use will depend on the extent of the detachment. Again, laser surgery may be used to repair the tear and minor detachments; however, surgery is often necessary to reattach the retina. There are three types of surgical procedures used to reattach a retina: pneumatic retinopexy, scleral buckle, and vitrectomy.

Diabetic Retinopathy

If you’ve been diagnosed with diabetes, it’s important for the health of your eyes that you maintain healthy blood sugar levels through medications and a healthy lifestyle. Unfortunately, diabetes is prone to diabetic retinopathy, which causes damage to the blood vessels of the retina. If you’ve been diagnosed with diabetes and you develop loss of vision, blurry vision, trouble seeing colors, or the sudden presence of floaters, you must seek immediate medical attention.

Treatment: A lot will depend on the extent of your diabetic retinopathy. Those with milder cases will need a comprehensive eye exam with dilation every couple of months to monitor the condition. You will also need to talk with your doctor about medications and other ways to better control your blood sugar. More advanced stages of this eye condition will require surgery.

Macular Degeneration

The most common form of macular degeneration is age-related macular degeneration. This is the deterioration of vision in older patients that gets worse as time goes on. If left untreated, it can cause permanent vision loss. Symptoms of this condition include worsening vision, changes in color perception, and dark or blurry spots in your vision. 

Treatment: There is no cure for macular degeneration, instead there are treatments that will slow down its development. Some common treatments are being prescribed Anti-angiogenesis drugs, which stop the creation of blood vessels in the eyes while also keeping blood vessels from leaking. Other treatments consist of laser therapy, where the lasers destroy unusual blood vessels located in the eyes.

If you are living with chronic health problems such as diabetes, it’s even more important that you take time out of your schedule to visit your eye doctor, as retina problems can sneak up. Brandon Eye Associates provides eye exams and treatment to those living in and around Brandon, Plant City, and Sun City, FL. To schedule an appointment, simply call us at (813) 684-2211.

By Brandon Eye Associates
September 21, 2018
Category: Eyes
Tags: Retina  

The retina is the thin layer of nerves that lines the back of the eye. The lens in the eye allows images to pass through, and the Eyeballretina focuses them. It then sends impulses to the brain that communicate the message that the retina has received. Retinal disorders can affect your vision, and some can be serious enough to cause blindness. Brandon Eye Associates, which has offices in Brandon, Plant City and Sun City, FL, offers a range of eye care services to their patients. Here's everything you need to know about the retina.

Light, Lens, Action

Doctors use special microscopes to look at the inner parts of the eye, such as the lens. After light passes through the pupil, it hits the lens. The lens, which is behind the iris, is transparent and colorless. The lens focuses light rays on the back of the eye— the retina. The retina holds millions of cells that are sensitive to light. The retina takes the light the eye receives and changes it into signals so the brain can understand what the eye is seeing.

Rods and Cones Process Light

The retina uses specialized cells called rods and cones to process light. There are about 120 million rods and 7 million cones in each eye. Rods see in white, gray, and black and tell us the shape or form that something has. Rods cannot tell the difference between colors, but they are very sensitive, allowing us to see when it's dark. 

Cones are used to see color and require more light than rods to work well. The retina has three different types of receptor cones. Each cone type is sensitive to one of three different colors — blue, green, or red — to help you see different ranges of color. Together, these cones can sense combinations of light waves that enable your eyes to see millions of colors.

Symptoms of Retinal Diseases

Many retinal disorders share some common symptoms and signs. These may include seeing floating specks or cobwebs, distorted or blurred vision, defects in the side vision, seeing flashes of light and lost vision. Seek immediate medical attention if you're experiencing any of these symptoms. Retinal disorders are diagnosed and treated by ophthalmologists. Ophthalmologists are doctors who specialize in the evaluation and treatment of all types of eye disorders. 

Treatment of Retinal Diseases

Ophthalmologists specialize in the treatment (nonsurgical and surgical) of all types of eye disorders. The main goals of treatment are to slow or stop disease progression and restore or improve your vision. Treatment of retinal diseases may include laser surgery, pneumatic retinopexy, scatter laser photocoagulation, scleral buckling, vitrectomy, or injecting medicine into the eye. Your doctor will work with you to determine the best treatment. 

An eye disorder can affect your day-to-day activities and make life frustrating and miserable. Improve your vision and your life today. Call Brandon Eye Associates at 813-684-2211 today to schedule an appointment in Brandon, FL. Call 813-684-2211 to schedule an appointment in Plant City, FL. Call 813-213-0020 to schedule an appointment in Sun City, FL. We want you to live your best life!

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