What is the Retina?
The retina is the thin layer of nerve cells that lines the back wall of your eye. This thin layer of cells receives and senses light and then sends signals to your brain so you can see. The retina is nourished by blood vessels, and if these blood vessels are damaged then the retina will not function properly.
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Services We Offer
If caught early, most of these diseases are treatable. At Pacific Eye Associates, we offer treatments that can be done right in the office to help macular degeneration or diabetic retinopathy. Detached or torn retina can be treated with minor laser surgery. To find out more about all the different retinal procedures available, please contact us to schedule a retina consultation today.
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- Diabetic Retinopathy: Occurs when high blood sugar levels cause blood vessels to swell, leak or close damaging the retina. High blood sugar levels can cause new blood vessels to grow which will cause damage to the retina as well.
- Torn and/or Detached Retina: Healthy vitreous, which is a clear jelly-like substance, fills the eye and helps process visual data, but the vitreous must be clear enough for light to pass through it. However, as we age, the vitreous in our eye may shrink, which will cause the retina to tear or lift, and eventually detach.
- Macular Pucker or Hole: When the vitreous thickens, tiny clumps of cells may start to form inside the eye, causing floaters. Damaged vitreous can also hinder the macula, causing the macula to stretch which leads to a macular hole or pucker. The macula is a small but mighty oval-shaped area in the center of the retina, that helps the eye details of the objects in front of you, like faces or text.
- Macular Degeneration: Is another disease that damages the macula. Macular Degeneration happens over time, as our body reacts to the oxygen, our eye produces free radicals, this is called oxidative stress. The stress damages the macula.
- Retinitis Pigmentosa: When the retina is damaged because of a rare, genetic disorder that involves the breakdown and loss of cells in the back wall of the eye.
If you would like to make appointment with one of our retina doctors, contact us today by: Requesting an appointment or call us: 415-923-3007.