Conditions that Should be Treated by Retina Specialists

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Macular hole/pucker: Scar-like tissue can damage the tiny portion of the retina responsible for seeing fine details clearly.
  5. Retinal vein occlusion: A blockage of the small veins that carry blood away from the retina.
  6. Cancers of the eye: Although uncommon, cancers can affect the outer parts of the eye, such as the eyelid or the inside the eyeball.
  7. 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.

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