Retinal Exam and Treatment
A healthy retina is necessary for good vision. The eye is composed of light-sensitive cells connected with nerve fibers that allow light entering the eye to be converted to nerve impulses that reach the brain. The amount of light entering is controlled by the iris and is then passed to the retina.
A retinal exam may be recommended by your doctor if any potential retinal abnormalities were detected during a general eye exam. In addition, exams may be recommended for patients at higher risks of developing retinal conditions such as diabetes, macular degeneration, retinal detachment and more. To examine the retina, an ophthalmologist will dilate, or widen, your eyes during a comprehensive examination using eye drops. If detection is suspected of retinal damage, you may be referred to a Retina Specialist for further examination and treatment.
Millennium Eye Care offers Retina Specialists who treat a variety of conditions, ranging from age-related macular degeneration to retinal detachment and cancers of the eye. Our retina specialists may also treat a patient who has experienced severe eye trauma, and may be consulted in the case of patients dealing with hereditary diseases of the eye.
There is treatment for retinal diseases. Some of the surgeries retina specialists perform are:
- Retinal detachment surgery
- Diabetic vitrectomy
- Macular pucker vitrectomy
- Macular hole vitrectomy
- Macular translocation
- Repair of ruptured globe
The most important thing you can do to prevent further complications is to attend regular eye exams. Early detection and treatment, when indicated, is the best way to prevent vision loss.