Retina Surgery
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Retina Surgery |

Retinal surgery is usually painless and performed in our office while you remain awake and comfortable. Laser treatment can often preserve vision or prevent vision loss if given in a timely fashion.  The retina is an extremely thin layer of tissue that lines the inside back of the eye and has been compared to the film in a camera.  Light from objects that we view enters the eye and is focused onto the cornea and the lens.  The retina then sends those images to the brain via the optic nerve.

Dr.Kristine is board certified and fellowship trained, specializing in the treatment of diseases affecting the retina, the vitreous and the macula.  Dr. Kristine uses state of the art diagnostic and surgical equipment along with her steadfast technique to treat all types of vitreoretinal conditions. Some of the more common conditions we see include age related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, retinal detachments and retinal vascular diseases.

 

Macular Degeneration

Macular degeneration reduces vision in the central part of the retina.  It usually does not affect the eye’s side or peripheral vision.  Some symptoms of macular degeneration are:

    • Words become blurred when reading
    • A dark or empty area appears in the center of your vision
    • When viewing straight lines, they look wavy or crooked

 If you experience the onset of these symptoms you should consult your doctor right away to diagnose and start treating the condition.

 

Retinal Detachment

A retinal detachment is the separation of the retina from the underlying tissue within the eye.  Sometimes this condition is referred as a retinal tear, break or hole.  A retinal detachment is a condition that needs urgent attention, within 24 hours of the onset of symptoms and could cause permanent vision loss if ignored. Symptoms include:

    •  Bright flashes of light
    •  Blurred vision
    •  The appearance of floaters
    • A dark “curtain like” shadow that obstructs your vision

 

Diabetic Retinopathy

Diabetic Retinopathy is a condition that occurs as a result of damaged blood vessels of the retina in people who have diabetes; this condition can occur in either type 1 or type 2 diabetes.  It is caused by excessively high blood sugar levels.  The blood vessels of the retina become blocked which cause partial blindness.  The eye tries to compensate by forming new blood vessels, which can leak and create scar tissue that leads to loss of vision.  Symptoms present in later stages of this condition and can be seen in both eyes.  Symptoms include:

    • Floaters or dark spots in vision
    • Poor night vision
    • Loss of vision
    • Difficulty seeing the differences in color

In addition to treating conditions of the retina in our clinic, Dr.Kristine also performs retina surgery in our Ambulatory Surgery Center to correct issues like detached or torn retinas, macular holes, and removal of vitreous floaters.