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Retina

What is the Retina?

The retina is the thin layer of cells that line the back of your eye.  First, this thin layer of cells receives and senses light.  As well as, sends signals to your brain so you can see properly.  The retina is nourished by blood vessels.  If the blood vessels suffer damages, then the retina may not function properly.

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Services We Offer

On the positive side, if caught early, most of these retina diseases are treatable.  At Pacific Eye Associates, we offer in-office treatments.  These treatments help macular degeneration or diabetic retinopathy.  In-office minor laser surgeries help treat detached or torn retinas, and macular damage.  To find out more information about the different retinal procedures available, please contact us today.

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Retina

 

Retina Diseases We Treat:

  Common Retina Diseases

  • Macular Degeneration:  Macular degeneration is age-related.  Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the most common name for this disease.  As our body reacts to the oxygen, our eye produces free radicals.  The free radicals are toxic byproducts of oxygen reaction.  In effect, this oxidation is harmful to our bodies.  Thus, the stress damages and deteriorates the macula.  There are two types of macular degeneration, dry and wet.
    • Dry AMD: Generally speaking, as we age, bits of fat and protein gather and collect under the retina.  These bits of fat and protein are called drusens.  Consequently, when too many masses of drusen form, they prevent oxygen from reaching your eyes.
      • Symptoms: Quality of your vision may change.  Straight lines appear distorted.  Dark or blurry areas appear in the center of your vision.
    • Wet AMD: The wet AMD occurs when leaky blood vessels grow under the retina.
      • SymptomsAre the same as Dry AMD.  Most individuals will have the dry form of macular degeneration

Rare Retina Diseases

  • Diabetic Retinopathy: When blood sugar levels are too the high blood vessels in the retina may swell or leak.  Another problem that may arise is abnormal new blood vessels growth.  As a result, all these changes in your blood vessels may steal your vision.  Therefore, a proper diet with regular exercise and doctor visits will help control diabetic retinopathy.
    • Symptoms: Floaters, blurriness, dark areas of vision and difficulty perceiving colors
  • Detached or Torn Retina:  The vitreous is a gel-like substance which fills the inside of the eye.   The vitreous helps the eye maintain it’s round shape.  Consequently, as we age, the vitreous in our eye may shrink, which causes the retina to tear or lift, and eventually detach.
    • Symptoms: Vision may be blurry and or mildly distorted and straight lines can appear wavy

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  • Macular Pucker or Hole: The macula is a small but mighty oval-shaped area that is located in the center of the retina.  The macula provides sharp, central vision we need for reading, driving, and seeing fine detail.  Thus, macula must lie flat against the back of your eye to work properly.  As we age, the vitreous usually thickens.   Hence, this thickening may hinder the macula, causing the macula to stretch or wrinkle which leads to a macular hole or pucker.
    • Symptoms: blurriness, and distorted central vision

If you would like to make an appointment with one of our San Francisco retina doctors, contact us today by requesting an appointment or call us: 415-923-3007.

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2100 Webster St, San Francisco, CA 94115