The retina is part of the eye that is positioned near the back. This thin layer of tissue is light-sensitive. When light hits the retina through the cornea and lens of the eye, the photoreceptor cells receive impulses sent to the optic nerve and to the brain. The retina is incredibly important for eyesight as it processes light that passes into the eye and translates it into images the brain understands. This is how vision is achieved.
However, the retina can be impacted by a variety of conditions which can in turn impact one’s vision. Any damage that occurs to the retina can make it more difficult for individuals to see and can even cause permanent blindness. Anyone over the age of 50 is at risk of developing retinal damage, so preventative examinations are vital to catching problems early on—before they become detrimental to one’s vision and eye health. Most conditions are diagnosed with the help of an ophthalmologist or optometrist who can evaluate the eyes with special imaging technologies.
What conditions impact the retina?
The retina can be damaged by a variety of conditions, but the most common include:
- Macular degeneration
- Retinal tear
- Retinal detachment
- Diabetic retinopathy
How are retinal conditions treated?
Because there are many conditions that can cause damage to the retina, each individual patient and their unique condition need to be evaluated thoroughly to determine the best treatment. In some instances, treatment may include medication such as eye drops, while other situations may warrant the need for surgical intervention to address. Early diagnosis of many conditions can avoid permanent vision loss and retinal damage.
Are you interested in working with doctors of ophthalmology?
Patients in the areas of Winchester, Waltham, and Wakefield, MA who are interested in working with an experienced provider are strongly encouraged to book an appointment with the team at North Suburban Eye Associates, P.C. by calling (781) 245-5200. Our main lines allows new and current patients to book an appointment at any one of our four convenient locations. We are committed to helping individuals achieve better vision and improved eye health with preventative care and treatment options for retinal conditions.