There are a variety of conditions that can affect the vitreous and retina. These retinal diseases often occur in the back of the eye and are not readily visible, making them more difficult to treat until it’s too late and the damage is irreversible.
You should always visit your optometrist when you notice any change in vision. However, if you are at risk for any retinal disease, you should get regularly tested to maintain the optimal vision for as long as possible.
PersonalEYES are the eye specialists that can help you with a range of retinal diseases treatment.
Diseases That Affect the Retina
Some of the main retinal diseases that we see in our patients are:
- Diabetic retinopathy—this occurs when the blood vessels in the retina change, affecting central vision.
- Macular degeneration—MD causes damage to the macula which also affects central vision. It is the most common cause of blindness and vision loss in Australia.
- Retinal detachments or tears—if the retina is detached from its normal position, it can cause permanent vision loss.
- Macular holes— macular holes can cause blurred or distorted central vision.
- Flashes and floaters—vitreous floaters may be a symptom of a detached retina, which requires laser treatment or surgery.
- Retinitis pigmentosa—this is a group of diseases that causes retinal degeneration and a gradual decline in vision.
How Do We Treat These Diseases?
Treatment can vary based on the type of disease you have and its severity. In the case of some, like diabetic retinopathy and macular degeneration, we will not be able to reverse any damage that has already been done to the retina. However, we can utilise modern treatment methods to both slow the progression of the disease and prevent further damage to your vision. Learn about retinal treatments here.