Gone are the days of the family doctor who diagnoses every aspect of your health. Now, there are doctors for virtually every known specialty, including, eye doctors (ophthalmologists) who perform a host of important functions — from eye exams, to prescribing medications, and doing eye surgery. But there are times when an eye problem requires further specialized care. For these situations, a retina specialist is needed.
Retina specialists are just that — experts in conditions of the retina (the layer of light-sensitive cells at the back of the eyeball that trigger nerve impulses that pass from the optic nerve to the brain) and the vitreous (the gel-like substance that helps the eye maintain its round shape). At the office of Retina Group of Washington – Maryland – Chevy Chase, our skilled team of professionals will diagnose and treat a wide range of retinal and vitreous diseases using state-of-the-art equipment.
Retina doctors specialize in these conditions:
- Retinal detachment: Tears that occur when the vitreous pulls away from the retina. Liquid that passes through the tear and settles under the retina can separate the retina from the back wall of the eye, resulting in a retinal detachment.
- Diabetic retinopathy: A potentially blinding complication of diabetes that damages the retina. It occurs when tiny retinal blood vessels become damaged from diabetes and begin to leak fluid or blood, resulting in blurred vision.
- Age-related macular degeneration (AMD): One of the most common eye diseases treated by retina specialists. It is a condition associated with aging, and is the leading cause of blindness among people over the age of 50 in America. AMD gradually destroys sharp, central vision.
- Macular hole/pucker: Scar-like tissue can damage the tiny portion of the retina responsible for seeing fine details clearly.
- Retinal vein occlusion: A blockage of the small veins that carry blood away from the retina.
- Cancers of the eye: Although uncommon, cancers can affect the outer parts of the eye, such as the eyelid or the inside the eyeball.
- Severe eye trauma: Accidents that involve a puncture wound or foreign body being lodged in the eye run the risk of damaging the eye and/or vision.
Committed to maintaining good eye health
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.