Know the Risk Factors for Retinal Detachment

The retina serves as the crucial translator for your sight. It converts light from the outside world into nerve signals in the brain. Unless this transformation happens, the light focused on the eyes would be useless for navigating our environment.

Retinal detachment occurs when the retina is lifted or pulled from its normal position — a serious condition that can cause permanent vision loss if left untreated. At the offices of Retina Group of Washington – Maryland – Chevy Chase our team of skilled professionals is trained in the diagnosis and treatment of retinal detachment.

Sometimes, small areas of the retina are torn. Called retinal tears or retinal breaks, they can ultimately lead to retinal detachment. Knowing the symptoms can be a warning of this occurrence, and include a sudden or gradual increase in either the number of floaters (little “cobwebs” or specks that float about in your field of vision), light flashes in the eye, and a darkening of peripheral vision.
Are you at risk?

A retinal detachment can occur at any age, but commonly in people over age 40, affecting more men than women. The condition is more likely to occur in people who:
• are extremely nearsighted
• have had a retinal detachment in the other eye
• have a family history of retinal detachment
• have had cataract surgery
• have other eye diseases or disorders
• have had eye injury

Small holes and tears of retinal detachment are treated with laser surgery or a freeze treatment called cryopexy, both of which can be performed in the doctor’s office. It is crucial to heed these warning signs, for delaying treatment can cause permanent blindness in the affected eye, when the retina cannot be re-attached.

Your healthy vision is our top priority

Retinal detachment is a medical emergency. If you are experiencing symptoms, see an eye care professional immediately. Regular eye exams can also flag early changes in your eyes that can prevent future problems. At the office of Retina Group of Washington – Maryland – Chevy Chase, we’re dedicated to providing the highest quality of skilled and compassionate eye care. For more information on our office and the many services that we provide, give us a call today.

Cataract Surgery in Potomac

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Cataract surgery in Potomac

Cataract surgery in Potomac

Cataracts is an disease that can occur at any age, no matter your heredity, medical history, ethnic background, or gender. When protein buildups grow on the outside of your natural eye lenses, the result is blurred or cloudy vision, which tends to grow progressively more serious over time. Here at the Retina Group of Washington, we are here to take over where the ability of special prescription eyeglasses or contact lenses leave off. Our cataract surgery in Potomac will restore your vision to a level that you may have given up on ever experiencing again.

In the earliest stages of cataracts, you will probably remain unaware of the presence of the disease. Symptoms typically do not appear until it becomes more advanced. Initially, corrective lenses will do a good job of keeping you seeing well in spite of cataracts. When those deposits become so pervasive and cover so much of your eye lenses that even glasses or contacts make no significant difference, it’s time to consider our cataracts surgery in Potomac. The procedure has two components to it. First is the removal of your eye lenses, since cataracts cannot be separated from their surface. The second part is the placement of prosthetic lenses, called intraocular lens implants, or IOLs. These implants are multifocal and give you back the focus that your natural lenses provided. Combined with the clarity of vision you will have, now free of cataracts, the outcome is a high level of sharp vision at all distances. The procedure is safe and has a high success rate. You can enjoy all of the activities that had become difficult or even impossible to engage in, such as driving, playing golf, using your computer, and reading.

Discover if you are a good candidate for our cataract surgery in Potomac. Call us and set up an appointment for an examination and consultation.

5454 Wisconsin Ave, Suite 650
Chevy Chase, MD 20815
(301) 656-8100