What is the Retina?
The retina is the light-sensitive tissue located at the back interior of the eye. This tissue is made up of millions of photoreceptive cells. The retina is responsible for receiving light from the cornea, translating the light into brain signals, and sending them through the optic nerve to your brain.
The retina is extremely important, and an unhealthy retina often results in permanent vision loss. The retina is susceptible to many different diseases, especially with age. Keeping your retina healthy involves regular eye examinations and a healthy lifestyle. However, not all conditions can be avoided. Here at Anh Nguyen Ophthalmology, we offer top-notch retinal disease diagnosis and treatment.
Common Retinal Conditions
There are many conditions and diseases that can affect the retina – some common, and some not so common. Retinal diseases treated here at Anh Nguyen Ophthalmology include:
- Macular degeneration
- Diabetic retinopathy
- Retinal detachment
- Macular pucker
Common Retinal Surgeries
The retina is made of delicate tissue, and surgery can be complicated. However, a skilled and highly trained retinal surgeon will be able to navigate the area safely and effectively. Here at Anh Nguyen Ophthalmology, we pride ourselves on offering the best retinal services in the area. We offer our patients the following treatments:
- Laser surgery: Laser surgery can be performed to fix retinal tears. Your surgeon will make small burns on the retina in order to close and seal the tissue. If left untreated, a retinal tear can cause retinal detachment.
- Freezing treatment (cryopexy): Cryopexy is another common procedure used to repair tears on the retina. Your surgeon will freeze parts of the retina, resulting in scar tissue that will keep your retina in place.
- Scleral buckle: This is a common treatment for retinal detachments. The scleral buckle literally “buckles” your retina in place. The retina will be able to resettle into its normal position.
- Vitrectomy: During a vitrectomy, your surgeon will remove parts of the vitreous humor from the middle of your eye. These parts usually contain fluid or blood that has leaked from the retina, obscuring vision.
Are you interested in learning more about retina surgery at Anh Nguyen Ophthalmology? Be sure to contact us today!
Frequently Asked Questions
Are headaches common after retinal surgery?
No. If you experience headaches or severe pain after retinal surgery, you should contact your surgeon as soon as possible.
Are you awake for retinal surgery?
Yes. Retinal surgery is typically performed using a local anesthetic. Youll be relaxed and comfortable during surgery with few postoperative side effects.
Can a regular eye exam detect retinal problems?
Sometimes. Your ophthalmologist will need to perform additional specialized tests to diagnose any retinal problems.
Can the retina heal itself?
No. A retinal problem, such as retinal detachment or a retinal tear, will not heal on its own. Its important to see your ophthalmologist as soon as possible for the best chance of maintaining healthy vision.
Can you drive immediately after retinal tear surgery?
No. You should plan to have a close friend or family member take you home after surgery. Depending on any prescription medications given by your ophthalmologist, you can resume driving the next day.
Can you watch TV after retinal detachment surgery?
Yes. Your vision may be blurry after surgery, but you can resume reading or watching TV while you recover.
Does cataract surgery increase risk of detached retina?
Rarely. Cataract surgery could increase the risk of retinal detachment in the past, but it has become much less likely when using modern surgical techniques.
Can retinal detachment cause blindness?
Yes. If a significant portion of the retina detaches, it can cause permanent vision loss. This means that it requires prompt treatment.
Can retinal detachment happen suddenly?
Yes. Retinal detachment can happen over time or suddenly. Some risk factors for this include a family history of retinal detachment, eye trauma, a history of eye surgery, age, or nearsightedness.
Are there tests for retinal detachment?
Yes. Your ophthalmologist can test for retina detachment using a dilated eye exam and diagnostic machines designed to assess the retina.