The importance of adult retinal care
Preserving eyesight can present many challenges as one goes through life. Thankfully, young children probably have few such problems, but adults must be vigilant for any signs of problems with the eyes, and these problems might be simple or challenging.
The retina is one of the most important structures of the eye, the thin tissue that lines the inside back wall of the eye, collecting all the light that enters it and turns it into electrical signals that are returned to the brain, creating visual images. The vitreous is a clear gel that fills the back cavity of the eye and is attached to the retina. At the offices of Retina Group of Washington, our skilled professionals are highly trained in treating a full scope of retinal conditions, offering customized care for each patient.
There are a host of problems that can affect the retina and threaten healthy vision in adults. Some of the most common include:
- Retinal tear: When the clear, gel-like substance in the center of your eye (vitreous) shrinks and tugs on the thin layer of tissue lining the back of your eye (retina) with enough traction to cause a break in the tissue.
- Retinal detachment: This usually occurs when fluid passes through a retinal tear, causing the retina to lift away from the underlying tissue layers.
- Diabetic retinopathy: If you have diabetes, the tiny blood vessels (capillaries) in the back of your eye can deteriorate and leak fluid into and under the retina. This causes the retina to swell, which may blur or distort your vision.
- Age-related macular degeneration (AMD): When the macula is damaged and begins to break down. The macula is located in the center of the retina, is damaged and begins to break down, causing problems with central vision.
Committed to maintaining good eye health
The retinal specialists at Retina Group of Washington ensure the health of the retina for people of all ages and provide excellent care for the disorders that can affect it. We offer a complete retinal evaluation using the latest imaging equipment and are able to treat many conditions in the office. When surgery is needed, we use the most advanced retinal surgical technology.