There are many different forms of retinal disease, making proper diagnosis important to ensure optimal eye health. The retina is a thin layer of tissue that is part of the eye’s inner back wall. It contains light-sensitive cells and nerve cells. The retina is the part of the eye that receives and sends visual information.
Retinal disease can progress slowly, so the best form of prevention is catching the disease in its earliest stages.
Types of Retinal Disease
- Macular Degeneration: A condition that causes vision loss in the center of your field of vision.
- Retinal Detachment: This occurs when the retina separates from the eye. It is very rare that the retina will reattach on its own.
- Retinopathy: The condition is a result of damaged blood vessels leaking into the retina. This causes swelling of the retinal tissue, clouding the vision and increasing the risk of blindness.
Symptoms of Retinal Disease
Listed below are common symptoms of the different types of retinal diseases:
- Retinal detachment:
- Thick clumps of vitreous gel that appear as dark dots, globs, or strings
- Flashes of light that appear at the edge of your vision, especially when you move your eyes or head
- Macular degeneration:
- Distorted lines and vision
- Blurry and white-out areas are present in the center of vision
- Change in how you perceive color
- Diabetic retinopathy:
- Double, distorted, or blurred vision
- Dark spots in your vision
- Pressure, pain, or redness of the eye(s)
- Partial or total vision loss
Diagnosis and Treatment
The most effective way of maintaining your vision is to visit the eye doctor on a regular basis, especially if you have a higher risk of developing a retinal disease. If you are already experiencing vision problems, schedule an appointment at Boulder Eyes: Beyer Laser Center to discuss treatment for your particular case.
How Can I Learn More About Retinal Disease?
To find out more about retinal diseases and available treatments, please contact Boulder Eyes / Beyer LASIK at (303) 499-2020. Communicating your concerns and questions to one of our eye professionals is the first step in slowing down the progression of retinal diseases.