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The retina is a thin sheet of nervous tissue that covers the back of the eye and receives and interprets signals from light. Once light hits the retina, nerve impulses are transmitted to the brain, which interprets them as vision. If you compare your eye to a camera, then the retina would be the ”film.” There is a small area of concentrated cells on the retina called the macula, which is responsible for central vision. The unique composition of the macula allows us to see finer details, such as words in a book, features of someone’s face, or the leaves on a tree. Read more...
Diabetic retinopathy is the most common eye disease among diabetics, and it’s also the leading cause of blindness in American adults. This disease occurs when blood vessels in the retina change. These blood vessels may swell and leak fluid frequently. Sometimes abnormal new blood vessels may grow on the surface of the retina, affecting vision. Diabetic retinopathy usually occurs in both eyes. The most common symptom of diabetic retinopathy is slight changes in vision. Over time, the condition can worsen, causing greater vision loss. Read more...
Sometimes, a small break may occur in the retina. This is known as a macular hole. Usually a macular hole occurs in patients over 60 years of age. When this occurs, patients may notice blurred or distorted central vision. Read more...
Small tears or breaks in the retina can lead to a retinal detachment. As the retina detaches, it is pulled away from its normal position. If not promptly treated, retinal detachment can cause full and permanent vision loss. Read more...
Retinal vein occlusion occurs when a small vein that carries blood away from the retina becomes blocked. When a retinal vein is obstructed by an adjacent blood vessel, this can cause a hemorrhage in the retina. This can lead to a sudden onset of blurred vision in all or part of an eye, or a severe loss of vision. This condition is most common in adults over the age of 60. Swelling and ischemia (lack of oxygen) of the retina as well as glaucoma are fairly common complications. Read more...
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