Your eyes are an essential component of your daily routine. Therefore, if you experience vision problems, you should see a retina specialist who is skilled and informed about conditions including retinal detachments, age-related macular degeneration, and a variety of other vision-threatening conditions.
Retina vitreous doctors at Retina Care Consultants, P.A., have extensive experience in treating retinal conditions. Under the leadership of Sarasota ophthalmologists Dr. Jonathan Brugger and Dr. Thomas Shane, the staff is dedicated to helping you achieve the best in retinal treatments quickly and affordably. We serve the areas of Bradenton, Lakewood Ranch, Sarasota, and the neighboring communities.
Retina Vitreous Doctors Treat the Following Conditions
Retina experts can treat a wide range of retinal conditions, including:
Sudden vision loss following cataract surgery might signal that the lens implant has moved out of place. The dislocation of an implanted cataract lens is becoming more prevalent, especially when patients have cataract surgery earlier in life.
The most common symptom of a dislocated lens is visual disturbances, including double vision and blurry vision. If left untreated, the dislocated lens may trigger retinal detachment. In cases of minimal dislocation and if vision is not severely affected, your eye doctor may recommend that you leave it alone. Nonetheless, in the case of severe lens dislocation that drastically affects vision, surgery is often recommended.
The macula, located in the middle of the retina, is in charge of central vision. It spans along the rear of the eye’s inner surface. Through the pupil, the lens focuses the light on the macula. The macula then processes the light and provides the data to the brain via the optic nerve.
Why do macular holes occur? Mostly this is an aftereffect of old age. As you age, the vitreous jelly gradually begins to pull away from the macula and the retina, eventually creating a hole.
Usually, a macular hole results in a symptomatic blind spot in the center of vision in one eye. People might not notice a visible gap in their dominant reading eye.
Retina Vitreous doctors in Florida specialize in macula-related issues, such as macular hole surgery. We can help you if you have been diagnosed with this disease or believe you require macular hole operation in Manatee or Sarasota counties.
When the retina pulls away from the tissues around it, it is called a retinal detachment (R.D.). This may happen when the vitreous jelly of the eye pulls away from the retina. Other causes include diabetes-related scar tissue and fluid build-up underneath the retina.
When a retinal tear is noticed, but no retinal detachment is present, retina vitreous doctors will use a retinal laser to treat the tear and prevent a retinal detachment.
Eye floaters are a common symptom among adult patients. Floaters are caused by an age-related alteration in the inner workings of your eye. A transparent substance called vitreous humor fills the inside of our eyes.
Flashes and floaters appear when this gel-like liquid starts to shrink at the back of the eye. Floaters look like small, mobile shadows while flashes are well—like tiny camera flashes. Flashes and floaters may be a symptom of an impending retinal detachment.
When you experience floaters, especially if they are new, visit an ophthalmologist right away. For chronic floaters, there are two alternatives for treatment:
Treatment using a Floater Laser (A.K.A. Laser Vitreolysis): This surgery is performed in the office and is best suited for individuals who have had a few big floaters for a minimum of 6 months.
During the operation, specialists will use a special camera to visualize your floaters. In this way, they can determine the floaters’ size, shape, and composition. Yes, they will be able to show you what you are seeing!
The doctors will next use a laser to vaporize the floater by sending a brief pulse of light into it. Only negligible traces of the original floater remain, resulting in a less visually debilitating condition.
Vitrectomy (Surgical Removal of Floaters): In this outpatient procedure, the vitreous jelly inside your eye is removed and replaced with a clear solution of saline.
This approach is ideal for people who experience scattered or cloud-like floaters that are causing a severe disturbance with daily tasks. Vitrectomy has the benefit of permanently eliminating all eye floaters.
This painless procedure takes around 15 minutes in an outpatient surgery center and is performed under local anesthetic. Post-surgery, there are no severe restrictions, and eye floaters disappear immediately.
Diabetic Retinopathy and Vision Problems
One in ten Americans has diabetes. High blood sugar levels cause damage to blood vessels and limit blood flow to various parts of the body in this illness. Diabetes may deprive people of their vision, which is one of the most severe effects.
Diabetes is the leading cause of eyesight loss in those aged 20 to 64. However, there are medications available nowadays that can help you reverse the effects of diabetes on your vision. Getting individuals educated, diagnosed, and medicated before it becomes too late is the key to preventing blindness.
Blurred vision that is painless in both eyes is the most frequent early sign of diabetic retinopathy. It is essential to evaluate each eye separately since the stronger eye can sometimes compensate for the weaker one.
When you decide to seek medical care, eye doctors diagnose the condition through a dilated eye exam. Retina doctors may inject a dye into your veins and take pictures of it as it travels through the blood vessels of your eye.
This is known as Fluorescein Angiography, and it reveals blocked or leaking blood vessels. Common medications prescribed for the condition include eye injections of vascular endothelial growth factor inhibitors. Other options include laser treatment and vitrectomy.
Macular Degeneration with Age
Age-related macular deterioration is a loss of vision caused by the degradation of cells in the central retina. Macular degeneration is classified as age-related since it seldom affects people under the age of sixty. Macular degeneration affects one out of every three people by their 80th birthday.
In most cases of macular degeneration, patients experience a gradual decline in their central vision. Macular degeneration causes a permanent and steady vision loss, which will not fluctuate during the day. When a person requires additional light to read, when a recent glasses update does not help, or when driving becomes challenging, it might be time to talk to your doctor.
Regular eye exams become increasingly vital as we age so that age-related visual abnormalities, such as A.M.D, may be diagnosed and treated as soon as possible.
Retina vitreous doctors can identify macular degeneration via retinal imaging using an optical coherence tomographer (OCT) during a dilated eye test. Macular degeneration is a severe condition, and it is critical to have a retina expert examine you to ensure no vision loss.
Treatment for macular degeneration includes anti-angiogenic eye injections. These medications can stop the formation of new blood vessels and stop abnormal vessels from leaking. Other times, retina doctors may recommend laser therapy to destroy AMD-related abnormal vessels.
Vitamins have also been shown to reduce the risk of AMD-related vision loss in large, randomized clinical trials. The AREDS2 vitamin mix is termed after the second Age-Related Eye Disease Research study, which proved its efficacy. The formula contains lutein, zeaxanthin, vitamins C and E, zinc, and copper.
While taking the vitamin twice a day is generally safe, check with your ophthalmologist to see whether there are any contraindications to it.
Talk to us
Do not hesitate to contact one of our Retina Care Florida specialists to book an appointment. Our team is committed to providing high-quality eye care services to Bradenton, Sarasota, and Lakewood Ranch residents. Our locations are in Manatee and Sarasota Counties, and our doctors deliver the best care and treatments for retina-related problems in the region.