Retina & Vitreous Diseases
This is one of the most common eye diseases treated by retina specialists. Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is associated with aging, and it is the leading cause of blindness among people over the age of 50 in America. AMD gradually destroys sharp, central vision.
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Diabetic retinopathy is a potentially blinding complication of diabetes that damages the retina. The disease affects half of all Americans diagnosed with diabetes. It occurs when tiny retinal blood vessels become damaged from diabetes and begin to leak fluid or blood, resulting in blurred vision.
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Retinal Vein Occlusion
This disorder occurs when a vein in the retina becomes blocked, preventing adequate blood flow. The walls of the vein leak excess fluid, swelling the retina.
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Tears occur when the vitreous pulls away from the retina. The liquid that passes through the tear and settles under the retina can separate the retina from the back wall of the eye, resulting in a retinal detachment.
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Posterior Vitreous Detachment
Diseases of the Retina / Vitreous: Posterior Vitreous Detachment (PVD) What is a Posterior Vitreous Detachment (PVD)? The back of the eye is made up of the retina and vitreous. The retina is the light-sensitive layer of tissue that lines the back of the eye.
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Epiretinal Membrane & Macular Holes
Scar-like tissue can damage the tiny portion of the retina responsible for seeing fine details clearly.
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Cystoid Macular Edema
Fluid collects in the macular area of the retina, causing it to thicken and swell. The swelling may distort a person’s central vision.
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When the vitreous (the gel that fills the inside of the eye) begins to shrink and liquefy, it can become stuck to the retina and begin to pull leading to VMA. This condition can affect vision significantly.
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