Retina

Anwar Eye Center

Optometrists located in Moundsville, WV & Sutton, WV

Your retinas are where vision begins, sensing light and sending signals to your brain that produce images. That means damage to your retinas can cause serious vision problems. At Anwar Eye Center in Moundsville and Sutton, West Virginia, the team of ophthalmologists and optometrists diagnoses and treats retinal disease, including macular degeneration and retinal detachment. Schedule an appointment online or over the phone today.

Retina Q & A

What are signs of a retinal problem?

Your retinas play an essential role in helping you see. They’re located at the back of your eyes and contain light-sensitive cells called rods and cones, as well as other cells that help interpret visual information. When you look at something, your retinas send signals to your brain that form images, allowing you to see.

Usually, when there’s a problem with your retinas, you experience changes in your vision, including:

  • An increase in floaters, tiny specks that drift across your field of vision
  • Blurred or distorted vision
  • Shadows or grayness in your peripheral (side) vision
  • A sudden decrease in vision

You may need to look through one eye at a time to notice these changes. Your eyes can adapt to many vision changes, especially in the early stages of a condition.

Your doctor can often detect retinal problems before they start to show symptoms during a routine eye exam. However, if you notice any troubling changes to your vision, be sure to schedule an appointment at Anwar Eye Center right away.

What are common retinal diseases?

Conditions that affect the retinas include:

  • Retinal detachment, when the retina pulls away from the tissue that supports it, requiring emergency care
  • Macular degeneration, an age-related condition that can cause a loss of central vision
  • Diabetic retinopathy, damage to the blood vessels supporting the retina, a complication of diabetes

Retinal diseases may be related to age, complications of another disease, an eye injury, or your family history. Your doctor performs a comprehensive eye exam to determine the cause, location, and seriousness of the condition.

How are retinal diseases treated?

Your doctor treats retinal disease with a focus on stopping the condition from getting worse and preserving, improving, or restoring your vision to the extent possible.

Forms of treatment may include:

  • Using a laser to reattach your retina
  • Injecting medication into your eye
  • Shrinking abnormal blood vessels that may leak into your eye

In the early stages of macular degeneration, you may be able to slow the disease’s progression by following a healthy diet high in antioxidants, which promote eye health.

If you have diabetic retinopathy, it’s important to keep your blood sugar under control. Sometimes, good diabetes care can help restore lost vision.

For diagnosis and treatment of retinal diseases, schedule an appointment at Anwar Eye Center online or over the phone today.