Several retinal eye treatments are available for treating various retinal conditions, such as diabetic retinopathy or retinal detachment. The type and severity of the retinal condition will dictate which treatment method is used to correct the problem. Common retinal eye treatments include laser therapy and eye surgery. The ophthalmologists at Brandon Eye Associates treat a variety of problems of the retina in Brandon and Plant City, FL.
Retinal Detachment Treatment
Retinal detachment is a condition in which retinal tissue in the back of the eye separates from the wall of the eye. Retinal detachment can occur following an injury or trauma to the eye. Additionally, if retinal tissue becomes weak or develops holes, detachment can occur then, as well. When retinal detachment occurs, the result is partial or complete loss of vision in that eye. While retinal detachment and the accompanying loss of vision can sound daunting, there are treatment methods for reattaching the retina.
In Brandon and Plant City, retina reattachment is performed by an ophthalmologist. There are different treatment methods for reattaching the retina. The treatment used will depend on the location where the retina detached from the eyewall. Retinal detachment treatments include:
- Pneumatic Retinopexy — A gas bubble is injected into the eye to hold the retina in place while the eye produces new tissue to reconnect the retina to the eyewall.
- Cryosurgery — Scar tissue is created, which helps the retina reattach to the eyewall.
- Sclera Buckle — A small device for reducing tension on the retina is permanently inserted in the eye.
Diabetic Retinopathy Treatments
Diabetic retinopathy is a condition in which the blood vessels in the retina become damaged due to high blood sugar levels. When the blood vessels become damaged, they often swell, begin leaking, or even close, all of which can lead to loss of vision. Among individuals with diabetes, diabetic retinopathy is the most common cause of vision loss. There are treatments for this condition. However, treatment only stabilizes the patient’s vision. It cannot reverse the damage and completely store lost vision.
Treatments for diabetic retinopathy include several laser treatments, as well as surgery. Specific treatments for this condition include:
- Grid Laser Treatment — A laser treatment used to seal off areas with extensive leaky blood vessels.
- Focal Laser Treatment — A laser treatment for reducing swelling in the anterior portion of the eye.
- Pan Retinal Photocoagulation — A laser treatment used to stop the retina from leaking by creating several small burns that seal the retina.
- Vitrectomy — A surgical treatment in which a laser is used to remove damaged retinal tissue and blood vessels from the middle portion of the eye. A saline solution is then injected into the area to maintain the round globe shape of the eye.
Several retinal eye treatments exist for the treatment of such conditions as retinal detachment and diabetic retinopathy. For treatment of retina problems in Brandon or Plant City, FL, contact Brandon Eye Associates at (813) 684-2211.