Retinal Diseases and Treatment
The eye care professionals at EyeCare 20/20 in East Hanover are experienced in the treatment of retinal diseases. Retinal diseases affect the tissue layer at the back of the eye responsible for vision. Symptoms of retinal disease range from floating specks within the field of vision to blurred or lost vision. Some of the more common types of retinal disease include:
As fluid leaks through a tear beneath the retina, the retina is lifted from the underlying tissue layer. Retinal detachments affect vision where the retina has begun to separate from this tissue layer and can lead to serious and irreversible vision loss.
High blood sugar levels can affect the blood vessels responsible for nourishing the retina. Damaged vessels can leak fluid into the retina, causing swelling that can blur vision. In later and more serious stages of the disease, new blood vessels can grow on the surface of the retina and bleed into the vitreous, clouding or obscuring vision. These new vessels can also tug on the retina, causing it to detach.
The macula is the retinal tissue responsible for central vision. In persons of advanced age, the macula can deteriorate, causing a blur, distortion, or blind spot in the central vision.
The advanced form of age-related macular degeneration, also known as wet AMD, can result in more serious vision loss, as irregular blood vessels begin to grow underneath the retina and leak blood and other fluids into the retina. While treating wet AMD with lasers can be effective in some instances, drug therapy is also an option.
Avastin®, an injectable drug that has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for the treatment of certain cancers, is being used increasingly as an off-label therapy for wet AMD with a fair amount of success. To learn more about the use of this drug for treating advanced age-related macular degeneration, contact EyeCare 20/20.
Dr. Silverman and the team at EyeCare20/20 strive to combine a personal touch with some of the most advanced eye-care technologies and treatments available today. Conveniently located in East Hanover, NJ, for over 25 years we’ve helped hundreds of people improve their eyesight.
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