The Dilated Eye Exam: a Key to Good Eye Health

Eye exams should be treated just like your physical exam — both of which should be done on a yearly basis and sometimes more often, depending on your particular condition.

At the office of Retina Group of Washington – Maryland – Rockville, our skilled professionals provide the highest quality eye care in a relaxed, comfortable setting. Regular eye exams play a key role in determining such things as common eye diseases, whether you need glasses or contacts, and the general health of your eyes.

In general, two procedures are used to check the eyes — undilated and the dilated eye exam. This first part (undilated) is a test of your vision, and perhaps a measurement to determine whether you need glasses or if your prescription needs to be changed. But in order to for us to see the eye’s optic nerve and retina located at the back of the eye, the pupils must be dilated. This is achieved through the use of eye drops, which takes about 15-30 minutes for the pupils to fully dilate.

Dilation helps us to detect a host of potentially serious eye diseases including age-related macular degeneration (when the eye’s macula begins to break down causing blind spots in your central vision), diabetic retinopathy (when uncontrolled blood sugar levels damage the blood vessels of the retina); and retinal vein occlusion (a blockage of blood flow in one of the retinal veins) to name a few. Regular dilated eye exams play a key role in early detection of disease, making treatment more effective.

Committed to healthy vision

At the office of Retina Group of Washington – Maryland – Rockville, we’re dedicated to providing the highest quality of skilled retinal eye care. For more information on our office and the many services we provide, give us a call today.

Gaithersburg Eye Care

Macular holes in Gaithersburg

Gaithersburg eye care

Gaithersburg eye care

Sick of coping with macular holes? At The Retina Group of Washington, we’re proud to offer some of the highest-quality Gaithersburg eye care in the county. Book an appointment with one of our skilled professionals to make sure that your dry eyes are correctly diagnosed and treated as quickly as possible; after all, when it comes to protecting the quality of your vision, there’s no time to spare!

At The Retina Group of Washington, we pride ourselves in upholding a state-of-the-art eye care practice meant to protect and enhance the vision of each of our patients. That’s why we’ve brought together a staff of such caring, friendly, and highly-skilled professionals, all of whom are dedicated to offering personalized and compassionate eye care to the entire family. Our optical services include including Avastin, Lucentis, and Macugin therapy, laser photocoagulation and photodynamic therapy, cryotherapy, steroid injections and ozurdex implants. We can provide surgical treatments in a variety of locations across the country including Georgetown University Hospital, Sibley Memorial Hospital, Washington Hospital Center, Inova Fair Oaks Hospital, Inova Fairfax Hospital, Virginia Hospital Center, Anne Arundel Medical Center, Friendship Ambulatory Surgery Center, Silver Spring Ophthalmology Surgery Center, and Suburban Hospital. In other words, if you’re suffering from macular holes, we’re the people to turn to for quality Gaithersburg eye care. A macular hole refers to a break in the macula, an optical structure located in the center of the retina. The macula is responsible for sharp central vision and plays a major role in helping people to read, drive, and see in fine detail. If you are suffering from the blurred and distorted vision caused by a macular hole, call our office today to learn what treatments are available to you.

If you are seeking high-quality Gaithersburg eye care, don’t hesitate to call us at The Retina Group of Washington. Your eyes will thank you!

600 Jefferson Plaza, Suite 320
Rockville, MD 20852
(301) 315-2198

Rockville MD Eye Testing

20852 Eye Testing

Welcome to The Retina Group of Washington, your center for Rockville MD eye testing. We are privileged to have access to many different locations in the Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia area for our surgical needs, allowing our physicians to treat patients and perform retinal procedures on a regular basis. We offer the latest in diagnostic services so that we can evaluate and diagnose in the most accurate manner possible.

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Rockville MD Eye Testing

Our scope of Rockville MD eye testing encompasses a wide range. We perform digital fundus photography, fluorescein angiographies, and digital high-speed indocyanine green angiographies. We also perform b-scan ultrasonography testing as well as optical coherence tomography (OCT) testing. Our therapies are designed to treat a wide range of retinal conditions, including cryotherapy, laser photocoagulation and photodynamic therapy. We also perform steroid injections and Ozurdex implants along with Avastin, Lucentis and Macugen therapies. We also treat many eye diseases, such as age-related macular degeneration, macular puckers and holes, and retinal detachment. Age-related macular degeneration, or AMD, is the leading cause of vision loss for adults over the age of 60. This disease is common and over time can destroy the central vision needed to see objects clearly. It prevents those with this disease from performing common daily tasks and impacts the ability to drive, read or recognize faces.

During your Rockville MD eye testing, we will check for this common eye condition as well as other eye conditions that can impact the eyes and vision, such as diabetic retinopathy. Diabetic retinopathy is another common eye disease that causes blindness in adults. It damages the blood vessels of the retina, leading to bleeding, retinal detachment, leaking fluid and swelling blood vessels. The condition comes on slowly and can often strike quietly before patients even realize there is a problem. Vision loss may come on so slowly that those who suffer from it do not notice it. Over time, eventually the vision loss becomes more noticeable and the patient may even suffer from blindness. There are cases that range from mild to severe. Diabetic retinopathy is a highly treatable disease if it is caught in the early stages or during a patient’s annual eye exam.

 

The Retina Group of Washington
600 Jefferson Plaza, Suite 320
Rockville, MD 20852
(301) 315-2198