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.
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,
- 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.
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.
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.
More than 3 million Americans have glaucoma, according to the Bright Focus Foundation. Could you be one of them? Understanding the signs and symptoms of the sight-stealing disease and visiting your Plant City, Sun City, and Brandon, FL, eye doctors at Brandon Eye Associates for regular eye exams can help you protect your eyesight.
How glaucoma damages your vision
An increase in the pressure inside your eye can damage your optic nerve. The nerve transmits impulses from your retina, the light-sensitive layer of cells at the back of the eye, to the brain. Once the impulses reach the brain, they're processed into recognizable images. If the nerve is damaged, blind spots in your field of vision can occur. Unfortunately, damage to the optic nerve is usually permanent.
Pressure can rise inside your eye due to drainage issues. If you have open-angle glaucoma, fluids may not drain from your eye quickly enough. A blockage in the drainage channels is responsible for increased pressure in acute angle-closure glaucoma. Sometimes, pressure can rise dangerously high even if there isn't a drainage problem.
Glaucoma signs and symptoms
Open-angle glaucoma doesn't cause any noticeable changes in your vision in the earliest stages. This type of glaucoma usually affects your peripheral, or side, vision, first. By the time you notice that your side vision has decreased, the damage may be permanent.
Fortunately, a simple test offered by your Plant City, Sun City, and Brandon eye doctors during your annual vision exam can determine if the ocular pressure is too high. Glaucoma testing only takes a few seconds but offers important benefits for your visual health. If you're diagnosed with open-angle glaucoma, prescription eye drops or laser or other types of surgery can improve drainage and prevent damage to your vision.
You will notice sudden symptoms if you have acute angle-closure glaucoma. These symptoms can include blurred vision, loss of vision, severe eye pain, nausea, vomiting, headache, halos around lights, and red eyes. Visit our office immediately if you experience any of these symptoms. Acute angle-closure glaucoma is usually treated with medication to reduce pressure and laser surgery to clear the blockage in your drainage channels.
Don't let glaucoma damage your vision. Schedule a checkup with the eye doctors at Brandon Eye Associates in Plant City, Sun City, and Brandon, FL, by calling (813) 684-2211 to make your appointment.
Do You Need Eyelid Surgery?
Eyelids provide valuable protection for our eyes, but as we age they can start to stretch and droop, impacting your vision, causing discomfort, and aging your appearance.
The loss of skin elasticity is natural, but if it is affecting your health or your confidence, the specialists at Brandon Eye Associates in Brandon, Sun City, and Plant City offer eyelid surgery that can improve your field of vision and take years off your face.
Oculoplastic surgery comes in several methods used to correct eyelids that have turned out, remove skin cancer on the eyelid, improve your appearance, or remove skin that is impairing your vision.
Why might I need eyelid surgery?
If your eyelids are turned in or out, it can cause damage to the surface of your eye. Correcting this issue requires eye surgery to adjust the position of the eyelid so there are no irritation, pain, or health effects.
If you have developed skin cancer on your eyelids, the specialists at our Brandon, Sun City, and Plant City offices can safely remove the cancerous spots to prevent cancer from spreading.
A condition called ptosis causes the levator muscle in the eyelid to lose strength and connection. The resulting drooping or involuntary closure of the eyelid can affect your vision and irritate the surface of your eye. With corrective surgery at our Brandon, Sun City, or Plant City offices, you can regain full function of the eyelid.
Age-related cosmetic issues
Sagging skin around the eyes, which occurs naturally as we age, can cause you to look tired, worn down, or older than your years. Using an eye surgery called Blepharoplasty, our specialists can remove any excess skin, or even bulges of fat around the eye, to give you both a more youthful appearance and allow your eyes to open wider so you can see more clearly.
If you are experiencing problems with your eyelid health, function, or appearance, ask the specialists at Brandon Eye Associates about our eye surgery options. Reach our Brandon, Sun City, and Plant City offices by calling 813-684-2211.
A cataract is a condition in which cloudiness develops in the lens of the eye. The function of the lens is to focus light and produce clear images so you can see clearly. Cataracts can develop with age when cells in the lens die and become trapped, creating a cloudy barrier. Vision can become blurred or fuzzy as a result. At Brandon Eye Associates in Brandon, FL, several cataract tests and treatment options are available.
Causes and Symptoms
One of the most common causes of cataracts is aging. As the cells in the lens of the eye get older and die, they can get trapped in the protective capsule that encloses the lens. As the old cells accumulate, they form a cloudy layer over the lens. In addition to aging, cataracts can also be caused by an eye injury or they can develop in conjunction with certain medical conditions, such as diabetes. Additionally, It is possible to be born with cataracts.
The symptoms of cataracts include:
- A vision that is cloudy, blurred, or dim
- Sensitivity to the glare of bright light
- Difficulty seeing things in dim lighting or at night
- Diminished ability to read without bright light
- Different colors appear to have a yellow tint
- Observing a halo around lights
It is best to seek treatment as soon as possible if you are experiencing any of the symptoms associated with cataracts. Obtaining treatment can improve your vision and help you see clearly again.
Tests and Treatments
The first step in treating cataracts is undergoing an eye exam. The skilled doctors at our office in Brandon check for cataracts by examining your eyes and performing several vision tests. During the eye exam, the doctor will be looking for problems with the lens of the eye. If you do have cataracts and they are interfering with your ability to carry out regular activities, then the next treatment step is surgery.
Cataract surgery is an outpatient procedure that involves the removal of the cloudy lens and replacing it with an intraocular lens implant. The new lens will allow you to focus light properly and see clearly once again. In many cases, patients might still need glasses or contacts following surgery, but a new prescription is often required. There are advanced technology intraocular implants that may reduce the dependence on glasses following cataract surgery.
If you are experiencing diminished vision due to cataracts, treatment is available. To learn more or to schedule an appointment with Brandon Eye Associates today, call (813) 684-2211 for either the office in Plant City or Brandon, FL, and (813) 213-0020 for the Sun City office.
Your retina is the sensory membrane that lines the inner surface in the back of the eyeball. Think of its function as you would a camera's, except that it initiates the sensation of vision. The retina receives light that the lens focuses on, converts it into signals, and sends these beacons to the brain, where we process visual recognition. Accordingly, when the retina is pulled away from its normal position because of injury, surgery, or genetics, it's necessary to seek treatment from an eye doctor before symptoms worsen.
Fortunately, here at Brandon Eye Associates in Brandon, Sun City, and Plant City, FL, our doctors can help treat this issue.
Retina Conditions and Complications
The retina can suffer damage for many reasons, but the two most common complications are diabetic retinopathy and retinal detachment. Both of which can arise from uncontrolled diabetes. Poorly controlled blood sugar is a high-risk factor for all types of retinal damage. Treatment can help, but there is no cure for retinopathy. If the retina detaches due to trauma or weakness, vision loss and blindness can occur if not addressed promptly. You should visit an eye doctor immediately if you notice fluctuations in your vision, color impairments, dark or empty spots in your eyesight, or a complete loss of vision.
Retinal Eye Treatments
To treat a retinal eye condition or detachment, our eye doctor must perform an examination to confirm a diagnosis. If a tear or hole in the retina is present, he or she may recommend surgery to repair it. We offer minimally-invasive options at each of our locations, such as cryosurgery, focal laser treatment, removal of damaged tissue, and a procedure to stop the production of new blood vessels. The type of treatment best suitable for your needs will depend on your specific situation. Our doctors at Brandon Eye Associates can discuss each method in detail after assessing your condition.
Concerned? Give Us a Call
If you've experienced an eye injury, have concerns about retinal detachment, or a health condition like diabetes is putting you at a higher risk for retinal damage, consult with your eye doctor immediately. Our doctors at Brandon Eye Associates can help improve your vision and enhance your overall eye health.
For more information about the retina, the conditions we treat, and other services provided, visit our website. Additionally, please call (813) 684-2211 for appointment scheduling, in our Brandon, and Plant City, FL, locations, and (813) 213-0020 for our Sun City office.
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