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.

Eye Surgery in Chevy Chase

Chevy Chase Retina

Eye surgery in Chevy Chase

Eye surgery in Chevy Chase

Are you suffering from an advanced stage of macular degeneration? If so there is still an effective treatment option available to help restore your vision. If you are interested in eye surgery in Chevy Chase that involves a CentraSight implant, contact us at The Retina Group of Washington to see if you may be a good candidate.

At our eye care practice we are happy to have 26 of the most respected and highly-trained ophthalmologists on staff. Our eye care practice focuses on care of the retina; we also treat eye diseases of other parts of the eye as well. Our expert ophthalmologists in our Chevy Chase office are: Dr. Daniel M. Berinstein; Dr. William F. Deegan, III; Dr. Richard A. Garfinkel; Dr. T. Mark Johnson; Dr. Michael M. Lai; Dr. Robert P. Murphy; Dr. Gayatri S. Reilly; and Dr. Reginald J. Sanders. If you are suffering from end-stage age-related macular degeneration (AMD) the Central Sight treatment program may be able to help you. This program features a tiny telescope which is implanted into the eye. It will improve the vision and life of patients who are affected by end-stage AMD. This is an FDA approved medical device. Patients come to our practice to have this device inserted into the eye by eye surgery in Chevy Chase.

This telescope will help in reducing the impact of the blind spot on the macula caused by end-stage AMD. This telescope will project the object the patient is trying to see onto the healthy, functioning area of the retina. This implant is about the size of a pea. It will improve both the distance and near vision of patients who have lost central vision to end-stage AMD. Potential candidates for the telescope implant procedure must have irreversible end-stage AMD. It does not matter if the AMD is of the dry or wet form. Drug treatment must no longer work to improve the patient’s vision. There could not have been any cataract surgery in the eye. And certain age, vision and cornea health requirements must be met. If our ophthalmologist feels you are a possible good candidate, your vision will be tested using an external telescope simulator. This CentraSight telescope is only inserted into one eye, so our patient along with our doctor will need to determine which eye should be treated. If you would like more information about this eye surgery in Chevy Chase, contact us today.

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