Retinal CareUnderstand how the retina impacts eye health.

What is a retina?

The retina lines the back of the eye. It is a light-sensitive tissue responsible for transforming light into brain signals that result in the images we see.

What is retinal imaging?

Retinal imaging is how doctors take pictures of the inside of your eye. It’s a process that uses high-resolution software to see your retina in more detail.

What makes retinal imaging important?

A healthy retina is essential to good vision. Retinal imaging enables ophthalmologists to see the internal structures of your eye with more detail than other scopes or superficial exams. Retinal damage occurs more often than most people realize, and it’s not easy to identify. If a doctor suspects an underlying condition during your comprehensive eye exam, retinal imaging may come into play.

Detailed imagery. Comprehensive Results.

All retinal imaging at VZN Eye Care is done with Precision Imaging, the leader in retinal imaging technology. Its modern design allows doctors to identify, diagnose, and treat retinal conditions sooner.

Common Retinal Conditions

  • Macular degeneration
  • Macular degeneration is a progressive eye condition that attacks the eye where the sharpest central vision occurs: the macula. It robs individuals of everything but the outermost, peripheral vision, leaving dim images or black holes at the center. Macular degeneration affects as many as 10 million Americans and millions more around the world. Symptoms may include blurred vision or blind spots.

  • Diabetic retinopathy
  • When the blood vessels in the back of the eye become weakened or damaged, causing swelling or blood leakage in the eye, it’s called diabetic retinopathy. There are two types: nonproliferative and proliferative.

    Nonproliferative diabetic retinopathy is swelling caused by fluid from blood vessels in the retina leaking into the macula, leading to blurred or cloudy vision. Proliferative diabetic retinopathy (PDR) occurs in more advanced stages of nonproliferative diabetic retinopathy. It sets in when new blood vessels form in the retina and leak blood into the vitreous. If left untreated, PDR could lead to retinal detachment or even glaucoma.

  • Floaters
  • Floaters can appear as tiny spots or small wavy lines that move when you move your eye. They are small abnormalities in a person’s vision. Usually they are the result of foreign matter in the vitreous, an injury to the eye, or another existing eye disease. Even though floaters don’t have majorly adverse effects on vision, it’s important to monitor them closely as they could indicate something more serious.

  • Uveitis
  • The iris, ciliary body, and choroid make up the middle layer of the eye. When that layer becomes inflamed, it is called uveitis. Symptoms of uveitis include blurred vision, increased sensitivity to light, headaches, and floaters.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have retinal damage?
The best way to prevent or detect retinal damage or disease is to visit your eye doctor for a routine exam. Retinal damage is common, but it’s typically not known as well as other ocular diseases. If you are concerned that you may have retinal damage, call our office to schedule an appointment. The appointment will more than likely include retinal imaging if the doctor agrees with your concern.
How long will an initial consultation take?
General consultations and annual assessments take approximately 90 minutes.
How does the retina get damaged?
A number of things can damage the retina, everything from eye disease to trauma to environmental factors like solar radiation.