Conditions We Treat

Conditions We Treat 2018-01-22T16:13:57+00:00
Age-releated macular degeneration is an acquired degeneration of the retina that causes significant central visual impairment through a combination of nonneovascular and neovascular derangement. For more info, click here.
Diabetic retinopathy refers to retinal changes that occur in patients with diabetes mellitus. These changes affect the small blood vessels of the retina and can lead to vision loss through several different pathways. For more info, click here.
CRVO: thrombus of central retinal vein near lamina cribosa. BRVO: thrombus at arterioveinous crossing point from atherosclerosis. For more info, click here.
Flashes occur when you see flashing lights or lightning streaks as a result of the vitreous gel pulling away from the retina. Floaters are tiny cell or material deposits inside the vitreous. It is more common to experience floaters and flashes as we age. For more info, click here.
Retinal detachment is a sight threatening condition with an incidence of approximately 1 in 10000. For more info, click here.
A macular hole (MH) is a retinal break commonly involving the fovea. For more info, click here.
Epiretinal membrane is a disease of the eye in response to changes in the vitreous humor or more rarely, diabetes. Sometimes, as a result of immune system response to protect the retina, cells converge in the macular area as the vitreous ages and pulls away in posterior vitreous detachment (PVD). PVD can create minor damage to the retina, stimulating exudate, inflammation, and leucocyte response. For more info, click here.
Causes visual impairment, often temporary, usually in one eye. When the disorder is active it is characterized by leakage of fluid under the retina that has a propensity to accumulate under the central macula resulting in blurred or distorted vision. For more info, click here.
Uveitis is not a single disease. Similar to arthritis, uveitis can be a part of many different disease processes. Different types of uveitis often follow characteristic patterns that are distinguished by factors such as what part of the eye is affected. For more info, click here.

Important Terms

What is a Retinal Specialist?

A retina specialist is a highly trained medical doctor (MD) and surgeon that has completed extensive training following medical school to diagnose and manage the full spectrum of diseases affecting the retina, macula, and vitreous. All of our physicians have completed 4 years of medical school, 1 year internship, 3 years of Ophthalmology Residency, 1 to 2 years of Vitreo-Retinal Surgical Fellowship and are Board Certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology. Additionally, some of our physicians have pursued additional fellowships in ocular oncology and uveitis.

What is the Retina and Macula?

The structure of the eye is similar to that of a camera. The front of the eye consists of the Cornea and Lens which focus light into the eye, which are similar to the lens of a camera. The light is then absorbed by the Retina, which is similar to the film of a camera. It is a thin membrane-like structure that lines the inside of the eye. The Retina processes the light, and then sends a signal through the Optic Nerve, which is similar to a wire that connects the eye to your brain.

The Macula is a special area in the center of the Retina that is responsible for the best central vision. It allows us to read, drive, and recognize faces. The most common conditions that affect the macula include Age-Related Macular Degeneration, Diabetic Macular Edema, Epiretinal Membrane, amongst others.

What is the Vitreous?

The Vitreous is a jelly-like substance that fills the middle part of the eye. As one gets older, the vitreous turns to liquid and separates from the back wall of the eye, called posterior vitreous detachment. This can result in symptoms of floaters and flashing lights. Occasionally, the separation may cause a retinal tear, or retinal detachment.