CentraSight® Offers Hope for People with End-stage AMD

People of all ages — particularly those age 60 and older — should have an annual eye exam that includes dilation of pupils to detect for signs of age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Although it’s considered an incurable eye disease, certain treatments for AMD may delay its progression and help prevent severe vision loss.

At the office of Retina Group of Washington – Maryland – Chevy Chase our team of skilled professionals is trained in the diagnosis and treatment of end-stage AMD and, using advanced technologies, we can help improve your eye vision and quality of life.

AMD occurs when there is damage to the light sensing cells of the macula, the small area at the center of the eye’s retina responsible for most of our central vision. The disease is progressive and in its end stages, the macula reaches a point where central vision is lost in both eyes, making it difficult to perform everyday tasks. The CentraSight® treatment program could help improve your vision and reconnect you to the things in life you love to see and do.

CentraSight® is an FDA-approved medical telescope, about the size of a pea, which is implanted inside the eye to reduce the effects of the central vision blind spot caused by the disease. The telescope implant projects the objects that you’re trying to see onto the healthy area of the light-sensing retina that has not degenerated.

After a thorough examination and testing, we will discuss with you if you’re likely to benefit from the CentraSight treatment program. If so, our tests will indicate which eye should be treated and what your vision may be like after the telescope is inserted.

Optimal vision is our top priority

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. If you are experiencing symptoms of end-stage AMD, contact us immediately. For more information on our office and the many services that we provide, give us a call today.

Genetic Testing Helps Identify People Who Are At High Risk For AMD

People of all ages — particularly those age 60 and older — should have an annual eye exam that includes dilation of pupils to detect for signs of age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Although it’s considered an incurable eye disease, certain treatments for AMD may delay its progression and help prevent severe vision loss.

At the office of Retina Group of Washington – Maryland – Chevy Chase our team of skilled professionals is trained in the diagnosis and treatment of macular degeneration — a condition seen most frequently in older adults, where damage occurs to the light sensing cells of the macula, the small area at the center of the eye’s retina responsible for most of our central vision.

Personalized medicine has become a trend in many facets of health care, from oncology to cardiology, and genetic testing for AMD signals its foray into eye care. Personalized medicine is the tailoring of medical treatment to the individual characteristics.

One of the most effective diagnostic tools we offer is Macula Risk® PGx, a simple DNA test performed by rubbing a cotton swab on the inside of the patient’s cheek to help identify people who are at high risk for AMD progression. These high risk patients are then monitored regularly and given the appropriate eye therapy for maximum vision preservation based on the their specific genetic profile. Macula Risk® PGx offers the benefits of earlier detection, earlier treatment and better visual outcomes.

Our commitment to your vision

If you are experiencing symptoms of AMD, contact us immediately. 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 Macula Risk® PGx and the many services that we provide, give us a call today.

Retina emergency care Potomac

Retina Emergency Care Potomac

Retinal tears in Potomac

The retina is the essential part of the eye that makes vision possible. Found attached to the back wall of the eye the retina is a sheet of light-sensitive cells that focuses the light coming into the eye into a recognizable image that is then sent to the brain. In order for the image to be clear light must be focused directly on the proper spot on the retina. Picture the retina like the screen of a movie theatre if the screen is not straight or begins to move the image will not be clear. Unfortunately, the retina can be damaged either by injury, eye disease or age-related conditions, when this happens the patient needs retina emergency care Potomac from our Retina Group of Washington.

A common condition that can develop is retina tears. As eyes age the retina can sometimes pull away from the vitreous tissue holding it. Often when the vitreous pulls away it will pull a little bit of the retina with it tearing it or making a hole. Symptoms of a retina tear include floaters (small dark spots floating through the field of vision), spiders, decreases in vision, flashes of light or a sudden veil over the eye. Our retina emergency care Potomac diagnoses retina tears through a comprehensive eye examination. Retina tears can often lead to retina detachment where the retina has pulled away from the backing support of the eye.

Our retina emergency care Potomac has several different options for treating a retina tear or detachment. Not all retina tears need to be treated, small tears that don’t affect vision generally can be left alone. For larger tears or those that do decrease vision our doctor can perform laser photocoagulation where the laser is used to create spots around the tear to cause it to close up and also prevent the accumulation of fluid underneath. Cryopexy is a technique where the area around the tear is essentially frozen to seal the retina break. If identified quickly most retinal tears can be treated and the effects on vision will be minimal. If you have any symptoms of retina problems please call our office as soon as possible.

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

Chevy Chase Vision Care

20815 Retina Doctor

Chevy Chase vision care

Chevy Chase vision care

It is important to consider your eye health on a regular basis. It is generally recommended that people have their eyes examined by a health professional about once a year at least, or more often if there is an eye problem or eye related symptoms present. Here at The Retina Group of Washington our team of retinal specialists can provide you with the Chevy Chase vision care that you will need to get through your adult life. Regardless of any risk factors that you may exhibit for eye disease, you run the risk of eye problems as you get older, as we here at The Retina Group of Washington can help.

The retina is integral to your eyesight, and there are plenty of different eye conditions and diseases that can affect this part of the eye’s overall makeup. If retinal issues are not properly monitored, diagnosed or treated then your vision may be in danger. When it comes to eye diseases, the sooner they are caught the sooner they can be treated, and the sooner they can be treated the more likely your vision can stay healthy. There are plenty of retinal diseases and even injuries and related conditions that can affect adults, some of which include age related macular or myopic degeneration, retinal detachments and tears, diabetic retinopathy, sickle cell retinopathy, central serious retinopathy, macular holes, pucker or edemas, ocular trauma, cataracts, intraocular infections, uveitis, retinal vascular occlusive disease, and much more. Some people are at risk for such conditions due to diabetes, prolonged sun exposure and damage, age or family medical history but it is still possible for anyone to get an eye disease, and especially an eye injury. Here at The Retina Group of Washington we can provide patients of all kinds with the Chevy Chase vision care that they need to catch such conditions and treat any should you have one.

You should have your eyes examined once a year, at least, so when was the last time you had an eye health screening? Call us here at The Retina Group of Washington to learn more about adult retina care and to schedule an appointment to get the Chevy Chase vision care that you need.

5454 Wisconsin Ave, Suite 650
Chevy Chase, MD 20815
Phone: 301.656.8100