What Are Retinal Disorders?
Retinal disorders are eye conditions that impact the retina, or the vital light-sensing nerve tissue located in the back of the eye. The retina is responsible for transmitting visual data to the brain via the optic nerve while the macula (center area of the retina) helps refine and sharpen our vision. Together, these structures support our central, peripheral, and night vision. While the effects of retinal problems can vary, vision loss is a common concern for patients with these eye issues. Without professional intervention, retinal disorders can lead to other visual disturbances, including blindness. At Rothchild Eye Institute in Delray Beach, FL, our retina specialist offers expert care in the diagnosis, treatment, and management of retinal diseases and conditions. If you have symptoms of retinal problems, we encourage you to schedule a visit to our ophthalmology practice.
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How Are Retinal Problems Treated?
Some of the most common symptoms of retinal problems include distorted or blurry vision, double vision, tunnel vision, flashes of light, black spots, and changes in visual acuity. During a comprehensive eye exam at Rothchild Eye Institute, our retina specialist may dilate your pupils to evaluate the internal structures of your eye. A series of tests, such as optical coherence tomography (OCT) or angiography, may also be conducted to further evaluate retinal damage. If a retinal concern is present, our team will recommend treatment options to help treat or manage the condition. We utilize state-of-the-art technologies and techniques to treat a wide range of retinal problems, including:
- Retinal detachment: When this occurs, the retina has separated from the blood vessels that help keep it vital. Emergency treatment is needed in the case of retinal detachment and may include vitrectomy, scleral buckle, or pneumatic retinopexy.
- Retinal tears: A tear or hole in the retina can progress to retinal detachment if left untreated. Retinal tears may be repaired with laser surgery or cryotherapy to adhere the retina to the back wall of the eye.
- Retinal pucker: A retinal pucker is scar tissue that has developed on the macula. While some cases of retinal pucker may resolve on their own, advanced conditions often require surgical treatment, which could include vitrectomy with membrane peel to remove the scar tissue.
- Retinitis pigmentosa: As a group of eye diseases, retinitis pigmentosa is a hereditary condition that affects how the retina processes light and can impair vision in a variety of ways. Treatment modalities generally center on managing other eye conditions caused by retinitis pigmentosa, such as macular edema and cataracts.
- Eye floaters: Small dots, strings, or circles that float through your field of vision are often an age-related condition caused by the shrinking of vitreous fluid in your eye. In some cases, however, floaters can be a symptom of retinal detachment or tears. Treatment options may include vitrectomy procedures or center on repairing retinal damage.
Retinal Disorders FAQ
What are the signs of retina problems?
Patients can experience several signs that indicate they have retinal damage, such as dim central vision, floaters, light flashes, double vision, or distorted vision. If you experience any of these issues, we highly recommend scheduling an appointment to review the problem and provide treatment options to prevent further damage.
Is retinal damage permanent?
Once a retinal problem becomes more advanced, we cannot reverse the effects. As soon as you notice any changes in your vision, our team encourages you to schedule an appointment. Additionally, we recommend always attending your yearly eye exam so we can perform a comprehensive evaluation of your eye health, which may include dilation.
How can I strengthen my retina?
When it comes to strengthening your retina, we highly recommend several things, such as taking vitamins and minerals, staying healthy, treating underlying conditions, and wearing protective sunglasses. Our team can provide additional details at your appointment.
Visit Our Retina Specialist
When it comes to diagnosing and treating retinal disorders, it is important to partner with a specialist to help preserve your vision and eye health. Our retina specialist at Rothchild Eye Institute proudly offers comprehensive care for retinal diseases for children and adults throughout Palm Beach County. Find out more about your treatment options by scheduling an eye exam at our Delray Beach, FL facility.