Most of the time, you think of your eyes in terms of the whole, but as with any part of your body, they can also be broken down into vital components, each of which may require its own specialty care. And so it is with your retina the common complications that may arise to threaten their well-being, and consequently your eye health. Here at The Retina Group of Washington, we’re the experts when it comes to that essential part located at the back of your eyes.
Some retinal conditions and diseases are applicable to all ages, such as a tear or detachment. Others, such as age-related macular degeneration (AMD), do not enter the radar of our Edgewater retinal care until you reach a certain age. AMD is screened for from age 40 and up. Diabetic retinopathy, a typical retinal complication, is a side-effect of type 1 or type 2 diabetes; specifically, it is a risk when your blood sugar is severely elevated. Our Edgewater retinal care recommends yearly screenings for eye disease, because with both diabetic retinopathy and AMD there are no early warning symptoms. By the time you could expect to notice signs, it would be after damage to your eyes has already occurred, and any vision loss that occurs as a result might be irreversible. Of course, not all such complications are based on steadily developing conditions. A retinal tear or detachment is often the outcome of a physical injury or an accident, and it requires immediate attention. That’s what we’re here for. Tears and detachments need surgical solutions, while treatment for disease may or may not necessitate invasive procedures.
Our Edgewater retinal care is here for you, so don’t hesitate to contact us right away when you have a concern, or to schedule a routine yearly screening. Remember, without your retinas, your vision would not be possible. Don’t take them for granted.