Retina Services

Ophthalmologists offer multiple retinal services to treat diseases that affect the back of the eye or retina. Your doctor will determine the best treatment plan to address your retinal condition or disease by performing multiple tests and assessments. These may range from minimally-invasive treatments to surgical procedures. 

Your retina, a delicate layer of tissue located at the back of your eye, can be affected by various eye diseases, like detachment or degeneration. If left untreated, conditions could potentially cause visual impairment.

At EyesNY, we offer patients different treatment options to slow or stop the progression of retinal diseases and improve their vision. Our experienced team of specialists offers caring and custom eye care.

Types of Retinal Diseases

Diseases and conditions that affect the tissue in the back of the eye include the following:

Retinal Tear

When the vitreous, the gel-like fluid that fills the space in the center of your eye, contracts and pulls on the retina, it can tear the tissue. This condition is often characterized by sudden symptoms, like flashing lights and floaters.

Retinal Detachment

When fluid accumulates under the retina, it causes the retina to lift and detach from the underlying eye tissues. This is called retinal detachment.

Diabetic Retinopathy

Patients with diabetes may develop a discharge fluid into the retina or beneath its tissue, and this is called diabetic retinopathy. When this happens, the retina expands and blurs or distorts the vision. 

Macular Degeneration

Macular degeneration is a condition where the central region of the retina starts to deteriorate. Symptoms include blurriness or the development of a blind spot.

Age-Related Macular Degeneration

Age-related macular degeneration causes vision loss in people over the age of 55. Early diagnosis and treatment can slow and potentially stop its progression.

What are the symptoms of retinal disease?

Retinal disease symptoms may include:

  • Eye floaters
  • Light flashes
  • Blurred or distorted vision
  • Side vision distortion
  • Lost vision 

Retinal Diseases Risk Factors

When the retina cells that receive and organize visual information become damaged by a disease or condition, your vision becomes impaired. The following factors can increase the probability of developing retina issues:

  • Aging
  • Smoking
  • Obesity
  • Diabetes
  • Eye trauma
  • Genetics

Retinal Disease Diagnosis

Our specialists might ask about your medical or family history of eye diseases during your eye exam. Knowing about your lifestyle and family can help determine if you have a retinal disease. 

Your ophthalmologist may perform multiple painless and quick tests, including:

Retinal Diseases Treatment

To stop or slow disease progression, your doctor may follow one or more of the following options:

  • Vitreoretinal surgery
    A laser will create scarring for patients with a retinal tear or hole that will weld the retina to the underlying tissue. This treatment can decrease the chance of developing retinal detachment. Although patients must plan on time for recovery after the surgery, this treatment is minimally invasive. Most patients usually have fast and successful results. 
  • Shrinking blood vessels
    This surgical treatment helps to stop bleeding from blood vessels. It may help patients who have diabetic retinopathy. 
  • Injecting medicine into the eye
    For people with macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, or broken blood vessels, this treatment may be ideal. 
  • Evacuating and replacing eye fluid (vitrectomy)
    During surgery, your doctor will remove the fluid that fills the inside of your eye and will replace it.

Eye Surgery Recovery

Depending on the severity of your case, you may need surgical treatment to stop retinal diseases from progressing. Recovery time and side effects depend on your unique health conditions and the specific surgical procedure required. 

Because the treatments are minimally-invasive, most patients can return to regular activities in a matter of days after surgery. However, full recovery can take up to six weeks.

Dealing with Vision Deterioration Problems Due to Retinal Diseases

Retinal diseases can cause vision deterioration problems. Taking the following steps may help:

  • Use prescription glasses 
  • Adjust your computer and phone settings to change the font size
  • Use brighter lights in your home

Access High-Quality Retinal Services in New York

EyesNY offers multiple treatment options to help patients slow or stop the progression of retinal diseases. Our specialized team of ophthalmologists is ready to assess your needs and give you the high-quality vision care you deserve. 

We work with cutting-edge technology to identify the root cause of your condition and create personalized treatment plans. Our caring staff is ready to welcome you and meet your ocular health and vision needs. We offer comprehensive eye care services, including retinal services. 

If you’d like a consultation or more information, contact us, schedule an appointment online, or visit our clinics. We have multiple locations around New York, including Malta, Clifton Park, Troy, Saratoga Springs, and Queensbury.

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658 Malta Ave., Ste 101
Malta, NY 12020

Phone: (518) 580-0553

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Saratoga Springs
414 Maple Ave Ste 200
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

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Clifton Park
1712 U.S. 9
Clifton Park, NY 12065

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535 Bay Road
Queensbury, NY 12804

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Troy, NY 12180

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